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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Strathfarrar winter access

The winter access arrangements for Strathfarrar will begin on Monday 1 November. If you want to take cars into the glen on or after that date you need to phone the MCofS office (01738 493 942) during weekday office hours to obtain the combination for the padlock and provide your name, car registration number and dates of when you will be going. There are no restrictions on pedestrian access or taking a pushbike beyond the locked gate. The MCofS negotiates access along the private road with the landowner on behalf of walkers and climbers, more details including the summer access

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Pylons plan attracts criticism

The Scottish Government has now approved the plans drawn up by power companies to try and miminise the visual impact of the controversial Beauly to Denny powerline. The plans inlcude putting 100km of existing overhead power cables underground. Conservation charity, the John Muir Trust (JMT) said the measures did not go far enough to safeguard Scotland’s landscape. When Scottish ministers granted planning permssion for the 220 km high voltage power line consisting of 600 pylons, some more than 60 metres high, it left it up to the developers to come up with plans to mitigate the effect on the environment.

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Tiso and JMT offer discount this weekend

Shoppers in Inverness have the chance to receive a 15% discount at Tiso Outdoor Experience when they join the John Muir Trust this Saturday, 30 October. Members and staff of the John Muir Trust will be in the High Street store to tell customers more about the Trust, which is the UK’s leading wild land charity. The Trust is also offering half price membership for people who join on the day. Andy Bluefield, John Muir Trust team coordinator said: “Tiso shares our passion for wild land and wild places. I hope people will take advantage of this great opportunity to

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Police name Kintail body

Police have confirmed that the body found on Beinn Fhada near Morvich on 10 October was that of missing walker Stewart Sutherland. Stewart went missing while staying at the Great Glen Water Park on 20 September, his car was later found at a car park near Morvich and extensive searches took place to find him.

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Colin Prior lecture dates

Outdoor retailer, Tiso, has announced a series of evenings with Colin Prior when he will talk about his latest book High Light. The evenings will end with a book signing and a free tasting of Bowmore whisky from Islay. The cost is £5 with profits going to Mountain Rescue. This stunning new collection documents the dynamic nature of the Highland landscape – and sounds a clarion call for a new, engaged naturalism. In a world where the environment is increasingly under threat, Prior argues, we should regain touch with what’s left of the natural landscape rather than rely solely on

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£1.2 billion nuclear submarine grounded off Skye

The BBC is reporting that the nuclear submarine HMS Astute has become grounded off the Isle of Skye. An eye-witness told the BBC that the submarine was stuck on the rocks near the Skye road bridge. The Ministry of Defence have said “This is a not a nuclear incident. We are responding to the incident and can confirm that there are no injuries to personnel and the submarine remains watertight. There is no indication of any environmental impact”. Earlier in the summer the submarine caused hold ups on the Skye bridge as motorists stopped to look at it, and local

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Ratty thriving on Quinag

Water voles on the John Muir Trust’s Quinag property are thriving, despite a national decline in their numbers. Researchers from Aberdeen University found the third highest annual occupancy of water vole sites on the property, in Assynt, North West Sutherland, since the start of monitoring in 1997. Don O’ Driscoll, the Trust’s Conservation Officer for Quinag said: “It’s really encouraging to see the voles doing so well, especially compared to the national picture where they have declined massively. “Our plans for Quinag include improving the habitats here so that the native biodiversity, including water voles and golden eagles, can continue

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Deer stalking season ends

The Scottish stag stalking season has now come to an end. This year, in addition to the Hillphones recorded message system, a new website was trialled aimed at giving walkers and climbers up to date access information. If you used the site, called Heading for the Scottish Hills, and run by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), it would be really helpful if you could provide any feedback which will be used to improve the website. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, which was a partner in the trial, has expressed disappointment that many estates did not post detailed stalking and access information,

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John Muir Trust goes wild in the country

The John Muir Trust has published a new Vision for Wild Land and Wild Places entitled “Our Essential Wildness”. The Vision outlines how the Trust will work to protect and enhance wild land, while ensuring that people are able to engage with wild places and the needs of rural and remote communities are met. The John Muir Trust is the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity. It was founded in 1983, inspired by the work and legacy of conservationist John Muir, the first person to call for action to be taken to protect wild land. Stuart Brooks, chief executive of

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Walkhighlands shortlisted for tourism awards

Walkhighlands has been shortlisted for 2 awards in this year’s Highlands and Island Tourism Awards. Walkhighlands entered the Best Use of Social Media and Most Enterprising Business in the Great Outdoors categories and focused on our interactive social network which allows Walkhighlands’ users to post trip reports, photos, log their Munros, keep a walks diary, and be part of a lively forum. Also shortlisted in the Social Media category are Jacobite Cruises and G2-Outdoors, based in Aviemore. In the Great Outdoors category Walkhighlands will be up against Isle of Skye Yachts and Backcountry Survival. Other nominees include the Caledonian Canal

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