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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Beavers released into Scotland

The reintroduction of beavers back into the wild in Scotland came a step closer yesterday (Thurs 28th May) with the release of the first beavers as part of the controlled trial at Knapdale in Argyll. Beavers have been extinct in Scotland for the last 400 years. Marking the first formal reintroduction of a native mammal species into the wild in the UK, three beaver families have now been released at carefully selected sites in Knapdale Forest, Mid-Argyll. The beavers, originally from Norway, have been chosen because they are considered to be the closest type to those once found in the

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Avalanche expert Blyth Wright dies

Blyth Wright, co-ordinator of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service, and enthusiastic mountaineer, has passed away, UK Climbing reports today. An expert on avalanches, Blyth Wright co-authored the book, Chance in a Million? with Bob Barton, as well as working at Glenmore Lodge and the Loch Eil Centre. A keen mountaineer in Scotland, in the mid 60’s he supported Philip Tranter’s epic round of 19 Munros near Ben Nevis which became known as the Tranter Round and set the standard for faster and longer alternatives. His later work forecasting avalanches and providing a reliable information service for walkers and climbers has

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Help clean up Cairngorm and Nevis Range

The Ski Club of Great Britain is looking for people to help pick litter and other rubbish this weekend. The Big Spring Clean returns for its second year at Cairngorm Mountain and Nevis Range on Sunday 31st May 2009 and is this year offering tea and cakes to all volunteers. The event which attracted over 100 participants in 2008 is a chance for mountain users to do their bit by picking up litter left by a season’s worth of visitors. The event raises awareness about responsible tourism and the seriousness of dropping litter. Caroline Stuart Taylor, Chief Executive of the

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Irvine Butterfield tributes

Irvine Butterfield, known to most walkers for his fine book ‘The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland’, died on 12 May. As well as being the author of a book that drew so many to hill-walking, Irvine was a man who always tried to give something back to the mountains. He was the second secretary of the Mountain Bothies Association, was member number five and a director of the John Muir Trust, helped set up the Munro Society, and was a volunteer for the Mounteering Council of Scotland and campaigner for the Perthshire Alliance for the Real Cairngorms. In 2008

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Walker celebrates unique Quadruple completion

Congratulations to Fraser McKie, who finished his round of the Munros on Saturday (23rd May). Well done, you might agree, is there anything remarkable about that? Well, on the very same day, Fraser also climbed his last Corbett… and his last Graham… and his last Donald. It is a rare feat indeed to complete all four lists, and unique to have contrived to have finished them all on the same day. “We started just after midnight from Loch Chiarian bothy on Saturday morning and climbed Beinn na Cloiche (my Last Graham) in fantastic conditions,” said Fraser. “The sky stayed bright

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Sgurr nan Gillean access bridge open

As reported on Walkhighlands in March, a new bridge is now in place on the main path to Sgurr nan Gillean from Sligachan on Skye. The new bridge has just had its official handover and provides a vital replacement for the old bridge which crumbled and was washed away in 2008. Skye Mountain Rescue Team and others had expressed concern that walkers and climbers would be put in danger as wading the burn can be very hazardous in certain conditions. A long period of negotiation then ensued as the landowners, MacLeod Estates were worried about their ongoing liability if they

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Virtual Highlands goes Hi-Res

Walkhighlands’ Virtual Highlands is now available in high resolution for most of Scotland. This is possible as Google has updated its satellite imagery of the Scottish Highlands, making programs such as Google Maps, Google Earth et al. show the area in high resolution for the first time. Virtual Highlands allows you to see an interactive view from any summit; for example, click here for the view from Ben Starav. You can then use the cursor keys to look left and right, and to walk forwards or back. A button allows switching between overhead and first-person view so you can change

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Scotland’s longest walk opens up…

The Cowal Way has recently been extended and now runs all the way from Portavadie to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. As there is a ferry service from Inveruglas across to Inversnaid, making it possible to join with the West Highland Way, this new extension completes a missing link making possible Scotland’s longest official long distance walk – stretching from the Mull of Kintyre all the way to Inverness! This monster route begins with the Kintyre Way, then a ferry from Tarbert to Portavadie joins the Cowal Way. This is followed to Inveruglas before a second ferry leads to the West

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Gaelic mountain recordings completed

A series of podcasts giving the pronunciaton of all the mountains of Scotland have been completed and are now online. Walkhighlands, which has been making the recordings to help non-Gaelic speakers to learn how to say the names, has just made available the recordings for all of the Grahams, the Scottish peaks between 2000 and 2500 feet. With the Corbetts (2500 feet to 3000) being completed last month and the Munros in 2008, hillgoers now have an online resource to help them with hill names across the country. “I believe this is the first time that a complete set of

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Celebrate Whisky Month with Walkhighlands

As part of Whisky Month, Walkhighlands has teamed up with Ian Macleod Distillers to offer the chance to win a six bottle case of Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky. For competition details and to enter click here. During May’s Whisky Month you can enjoy a huge range of Whisky events and experiences. The month long festival including highlights such as the Spirit of Speyside Festival, Spirit of the West and Feis Ile – Islay’s Malt and Music Festival. Look out for some of Scotland’s most popular and exclusive distilleries as they open their doors to visitors. There are over

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