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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Rescue helicopters back in the air

The four Scottish Coastguard search and rescue helicopters that were grounded last week following a fatal crash in Canada, have been given the all clear to fly again. Last week the helicopters, which are based in Shetland and Lewis, and cover a vast area of northern Scotland, often on mountain rescue missions, were grounded to allow for safety checks after the Canadian crash revealed a fault. The Sikorsky S-92 aircraft have been fitted with replacement parts and returned to service following the accident in Newfoundland last week in which 17 people died. During the grounding, emergency cover has been provided

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Win food from Skye as featured on Monty Halls Great Escape

Courtesy of the Isle of Skye Food Company, we have a clutch of hand-made foods from the Isle of Skye to give away! The pack includes a mixed bakery box from the Skye Baking Co., with shortbread, oatcakes, biscotti & gingerbread, a trio of Calina’s conserves and ‘Gourmet spring tasters’ from Keith and Rachael Jackson’s farm, as featured on BBC TV’s Monty Halls’ Great Escape. For details of the competition and to enter, click here. For walking routes and accommodation on the beautiful Applecross peninsula, click here.

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Walker found unconcious in Kintail

The BBC report that the hillwalker who had been reported missing overnight in the Kintail area has been found injured by the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue team. He was unconcious. The walker had failed to return last night from a hike and has now been airlifted to the Belford hospital in Fort William. Three mountain rescue teams, as well as the RAF, coastguard, police and search dogs were involved in the search. An RAF spokesman said “Everything possible was done to get the man to hospital as quickly as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

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Wild Writing competition winners announced

The John Muir Trust today announced the winners of the 2009 Wild Writing Competition as part of this week’s Fort William Mountain Festival. Tom Bryan from Kelso won the first prize for his piece Seven Ways of Looking at Suilven. Alan Gay from North Berwick was awarded the second overall prize for his poem Deer Path and Neil McRae from Skye won the Gaelic category for his story Doilleireachd an T-Sleibhe. Now running its third year the Wild Writing Competition, sponsored by John Muir Trust, encourages both aspiring and professional writers to pen stories about Scotland’s landscapes and wild places.

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Ben Lawers visitor centre to close

The National Trust for Scotland has announced a number of cost saving measures in response to an expected downturn in income this year. On the closure list is the Mountain Visitor Centre at Ben Lawers which is popular as an interpretation centre for the special and fragile habitat on the mountain as well as with walkers setting off on one of the most popular Munros. Also to be closed are Arduaine Gardens in Argyll, Hill of Tarvit Mansion House in Fife, and Leith Hall House in Aberdeenshire. The NTS is seeking external sponsorship or volunteer support to keep a number

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Monty Halls’ Great Escape creates Applecross frenzy

The first episode of the BBC2 series Monty Halls’ Great Escape has caused a frenzy of interest in the Applecross peninsula, prompting hopes of a bumper year for tourism in the remote community. The programme, filmed during the perfect weather of spring 2008, followed Monty’s attempts to live as a crofter for six months and featured stunning shots of the scenery of Wester Ross and the adjacent Isle of Skye. The jaw-dropping visuals had viewers rushing to their computers to find out more about the idyllic spot. “Since the programme aired on Sunday night we’ve experienced a 1300% increase in

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Climber survives massive Glencoe fall

A climber survived with only minor minor injuries after falling 700ft (213m) in Glencoe. The accident happened after a cornice collapsed near Stob Coire nan Lochan on Bidean nam Bian yesterday (Sunday 1 March) afternoon. Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team and an RAF helicopter helped to locate and airlift the man to hospital in Fort William.

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