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Monthly Archives: August 2009

MCofS fight back in waymarking debate

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland have fought back today against calls for Scotland’s mountains to have continental style waymarking. The debate began an article in the Herald newspaper where journalist Iain MacWhirter called for the routes on the Munros and other peaks to be waymarked. In interviews on BBC Radio Scotland and Reporting Scotland on BBC1, MCofS Chief Officer David Gibson rejected the suggestion, asking; “Why is MCofS against waymarking of routes up Scottish mountains? Let’s make it clear from the outset, MCofS aims to encourage and support folk who wish to enjoy the mountains, be they hill walkers or

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Pressendye wind farm rejected

Following reports last week that Planners were recommending refusal, the application to site a wind farm on Pressendye has now been formally rejected by the Local Authority. Aberdeenshire Councillors who made the decision were cheered by anti-wind farm campaigners who had argued that the turbines would have an unacceptable impact on the sensitive area which overlooks the Cairngorms National Park. Pressendye, which is a Graham popular with hill walkers, is an excellent viewpoint over Donside and lower Deeside.

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Munro list to be updated in September

According to the Relative Hills of Britain news group on Yahoo, the Munro Society has completed 4 surveys this year and will be announcing a change to the Munro list in September. Reportedly, the following Munros, all currently with a height of 915m, were measured: Ben Vane, Beinn Teallach and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean. The Corbett, Sgurr a’Choire-bheithn, currently measured as 913m, in Knoydart was also surveyed. In order for the Munro list to be changed the Ordnance Survey has to verify the new measurements. Apparently the Munro Society plans to reveal all at a press conference to be held at

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Ancient art uncovered at Ben Lawers

Pre-historic artwork which has lain undiscovered for centuries has been uncovered on Ben Lawers by an amateur archaeologist. The ancient carvings were discovered by rock art enthusiast George Currie. The art is similar to other prehistoric pieces found in the area, consisting of concave depressions known as cup marks or cup and ring marks, which are carved upon rocks. The purpose of the artworks is still unknown. The newly-discovered rock is unusual because it has more than ninety cup marks and at least four cup and ring marks. A number of linear grooves can also be seen, with some still

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Walker thanks his rescuers and raises funds

Last March, four Mountain Rescue Teams, search and rescue dog handlers, and the Stornaway Coastguard helicopter were involved in a search for missing walker, John Mulgrew. Mr Mulgrew, aged 62 from Uddingston, and an experienced hill walker of 20 years, had been climbing Sgurr na Sgine, a Munro on the south Glen Shiel ridge, when he became badly lost in appalling weather. The alarm was raised by his wife when he failed to return and the search began, co-ordinated by the Police. Eventually Mr Mulgrew was found, barely conscious, lying near a stream. Following the rescue, Mr Mulgrew, a golf

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4000’ers MRT fundraiser Michael Tunney to appear on TV

Michael Tunney, who has been raising money over the summer for Mountain Rescue and the Police treatment centre that helped him to walk again following a mountain fall, is due to appear on STV’s The Hour on Monday 16 August 5 – 6pm. Michael, known as Bio-man to Walkhighlands’ Forum members, nearly died after a horrific mountain fall. He will recount the exciting tale and also talk about his efforts to raise £30,000 by climbing the Scottish peaks over 4000 feet this summer. Not only did Michael complete this gruelling challenge, just weeks after being warned by doctors that it

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Pressendye wind farm likely to be rejected

Planning officials at Aberdeenshire Council are recommending the refusal of an application to build a controversial wind farm on Pressendye. The hill, which is a Graham popular with hill walkers, is an excellent viewpoint over Donside and lower Deeside. The Council says it received almost 600 letters of objection to the proposal for seven wind turbines on the ridge, which overlooks the Cairngorms National Park. Council planners have agreed with objectors who felt that the visual impact on the surrounding countryside would be unacceptable and that there would be knock on effects for the local tourism industry if people were

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Beavers disturbed by shooting

The Scottish Beaver re-introduction trial taking place in Knapdale, mid-Argyll has had a roller-coaster first few months since its start at the end of May. One male has died and another family has moved from its original location having been disturbed by shooting in the area, but the rest of the beavers are thriving and adapting to their new environment. The Scottish Beaveer Trial has provided the following update, “On 29 May, we released 11 beavers in three family groups into three different and carefully selected sites within the trial area in Knapdale, Mid-Argyll. A family of four was released

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Clachaig wins Best Walker’s Pub vote

The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, has come out tops in our poll to find the most popular pub in the Highlands for walkers. With 18% of the votes, it beat its nearest rivals, the Applecross Inn and the Drovers Inn, Inverarnan and the Kintail Lodge Hotel into second and joint third places. The Clachaig is well known as a popular refreshment stop after a mountain expedition in Glencoe. It is also within walking distance of the Red Squirrel campsite and has recently been linked to the main A82 by an improved path network from the Signal Rock car park, where the

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