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Yearly Archives: 2011

Personal Locator Beacons legalised for hillwalkers

Hillwalkers and climbers will be able to legally carry Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) from 12 January following a change in UK regulations. Previously the devices, which send out a distress signal identifying the user’s exact location when activated, could only be licensed for use on boats and planes. Some mountain rescuers have expressed concern following a potential rise in call outs from PLBs because the devices do not allow two way communication so there is no way for the rescue services to check whether the device has been activated in a genuine emergency and therefore allowing the call to be

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Artworks planned for John O'Groats paths

Artworks are to be installed on coastal paths near John O'Groats as part of a wider plan to revamp the town. Imaginatively called Path, the scheme will cost £15,000 and is being funded by Highlands and Islands Entreprise (HIE). HIE is calling for artists to submit proposals for permanent artworks as part of a plan to invest £6m in the area. In June the crumbling Hotel was painted with murals as a temporary measure prior to the re-development. The Path project will start in May 2012. Nick Scroggie, from HIE, told the BBC that it was hoped to make the

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Win £100 outdoor gear with Walkhighlands

To celebrate the start of 2012, Walkhighlands is giving away a rucksack and sleeping bag worth £100 to one lucky visitor. The Echo 400+ sleeping bag is rated at 4+ seasons, whilst the Summit 25 rucksack has been designed for the hillwalker. The prize has been provided by Highlander, a Scottish based company specialising in the manufacture and design of camping and outdoor equipment. With over 25 years experience, the company is still a family owned business with products ranging from sleeping bags, tents, camping furniture & accessories to waterproofs, walking poles,gaiters, socks and footwear to lightweight sleeping bags, insect

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Fort William Mountain Festival line up announced

The line up for the 2012 Fort William Mountain Festival in Lochaber has been announced and includes Artic explorer Bob Shepton and downhill mountain biker Steve Peat. The festival kicks off with an evening launch on Wednesday 15 February and runs until Sunday 19, closing with the Best of Banff World Tour films. The winner of the 2012 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture will be announced during the festival and there is also a film competition. For tickets and more information see the Festival website. To browse and book accommodation in Fort William and the surrounding area see

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Mountain lecture series kicks off in Aviemore 28 December

The first of this winter’s free Mountain Safety Lectures will take place this Wednesday (28 December) at Aviemore’s Mountain Cafe. Simon Steer, the deputy team leader from the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team is the first of a series guest speakers taking part in this year’s lectures organised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS). A spokesman for the MCofS said, “Simon’s entertaining anecdotes; combined with a meal prepared by Kirsten at the Mountain Cafe provides the perfect combination for a great night out. Please note if you would like a meal, book early on 01479 812473 to avoid disapointment. Meals

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Happy Christmas from Walkhighlands

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Lochcarron to Kyle road closed

A massive rockfall has caused the closure of the A890 between Lochcarron and Kyle of Lochalsh. Highland Council says that the road will remain closed on for the rest of Friday 23 December and is likely to be closed on Christmas Eve. The Council says every effort will be made to have the route open on Christmas Day. The nearby railway line is unaffected. More than 100 tonnes of rock came loose from the hillside above the road and has blocked the road near the tunnel opposite Lochcarron. This section of road has suffered from numerous landslips and major work

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Isle of Rum hostel plans

Temporary visitor accommodation may be installed on the Isle of Rum following concerns about the hostel in the island’s Kinloch Castle. Most of Rum is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and managed as a national nature reserve. Kinloch Castle, also owned by SNH, is a major visitor attraction and the main provider of visitor accommodation. However the building requires major investment, well beyond the reaches of SNH’s budget. SNH has spent more than £1 million on the castle in the past few years. But despite this and major efforts by staff the hostel is unable to offer accommodation to

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Re-introduced Beavers having little effect on rivers

Beavers in Argyll are so far having little effect on rivers and streams in the area where they’ve been released, according to a new report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Following their reintroduction to Knapdale forest near Lochgilphead in May 2009, as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial, SNH have been closely monitoring the effects of beavers on the environment in partnership with a number of other independent organisations. In autumn 2010, researchers at the University of Stirling re-surveyed 12 rivers and streams in the area used by the beavers, to assess their effects on stream habitats and landforms.

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Council defers decision on Allt Duine windfarm

Protestors at Highland Council HQ

Highland Council’s planning committee members today deferred their decision on the controversial Allt Duine wind farm and will carry out a site visit in the New Year. Supporters of the Save the Monadhliath Mountains (SMM) campaign who have fought the plans welcomed the pause, although they stressed that this would not distract them from their goal of achieving an objection by the council to the application for the large wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park near Kincraig. Outdoor author, photographer and former President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, Chris Townsend, is a spokesman for the

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