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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Packed calendar for Scottish Walking Festivals

The next couple of months sees many Scottish walking festivals taking place. Most are paid for events and bookings are now being taken for many of them. 2 – 8 Sept – Scottish Borders Walking Festival – friendly festival based around Eyemouth. 6 – 10 Sept – Tomintoul & Glenlivet Walking Festival – explore a corner of the Cairngorms. 8 -10 Sept – Torridon Walking Festival – Torridon Activities & Tiso join forces for these events. 15 – 17 Sept – Harris Mountain Festival – walks, hill race, kayaking and more. 13 – 16 Sept – Blairgowrie & East Perthshire

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See the light on the Isle of May

Visitors to the Isle of May will see the light on September 1st and 2nd, with unique open days highlighting historic lighthouses. As part of the Fife Doors Open Days, the Isle of May lighthouse buildings will be open to visitors for only the second time in the island’s 370-year lighthouse history. Scotland’s oldest lighthouse, the Beacon, built in 1636, will be among the buildings to be open. The Lowlight, South Horn and the engine room will also be open. The Main Light is a castle-like lighthouse, designed by engineer Robert Stevenson in 1816. This spectacular lighthouse is listed as

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Do the Ride Thing, Scottish Mountain Biking guide launched

Mountain biking in Scotland is world class and a new website hopes to make it easier to enjoy by linking to many of the trail sites and offering a wee game to test riders knowledge of their access rights and responsibilities. Scottish Cyclying, the body behind the the website say that, “Scotland has a great network of paths and trails, fantastic purpose built trail centres, an outstanding natural environment and some of the most progressive access rights in the world. Do The Ride Thing game and guide makes it easier for you to enjoy Scotland’s outdoors by equipping you with

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Call for tourism industry to enter windfarm debate

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is calling on the tourism industry to help in the campaign to save scenic mountain areas from industrialisation by huge wind farms. The MCofS wants to see a moratorium on further development in key mountain areas, particularly around the Munros and Corbetts which are the country’s highest peaks and amongst Scotland’s greatest visitor attractions. David Gibson, MCofS Chief Officer, said: “The Scottish Government is billing 2013 as the Year of Natural Scotland, whilst at the same time allowing our wild, open and beautiful mountain landscapes to be industrialised with huge numbers of wind turbines

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Railway warning issued to walkers

Following a number of incidents in recent months involving people walking on railway lines in the Highlands, the Police and Network Rail are warning walkers not to trespass on railway lines. In particular Network Rail say they have received a number of recent reports of trespass incidents in the vicinity of the start of the Ben Lui and Beinn a’Chleibh walk near the car park with one recent report involving a near miss. As a result the British Transport Police have raised concerns about hillwalkers crossing the railway on this route and more generally about the dangers of trespassing on

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Use of GPS and Smartphones for hillwalking

Following a recent spate of mountain rescues and a warning from two Scottish Police forces that walkers need to be properly equipped and should not rely entirely on GPS or Smartphone apps for navigation, Walkhighlands has issued some frequently asked questions. The advice is approved by Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), the article addresses some common questions and seeks to dispel some of the myths around the use of GPS and smartphones out on the hill. The full article can be found here. Alongside it is safety and skills information issued by the

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Knapdale beavers doing well

The latest progress report on beaver the Scottish Beaver Trial has been published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and shows that after initial set backs the beavers appear to be thriving in their Argyle home. A group of European beavers was reintroduced to Knapdale forest near Lochgilphead in 2009, as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Since then SNH has been closely monitoring the beavers, and their effects on the environment, in partnership with a number of other independent organisations. The results of this monitoring will help inform the Scottish Government’s decisions about the future of beavers in Scotland, following

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Walkhighlands members up for Tourism Awards

Six advertising members of Walkhighlands have made it to the finals of this year’s prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Recognised for their delicious locally-sourced food, friendly service and willingness to go the extra mile, The Glenview on Skye is nominated for Best Bar, Cafe or Restaurant. Co-owner Kirsty Faulds commented, “It is a real boost and fantastic for our team… I think there will be a skip in our step in service tonight as there are an amazing amount of truly inspirational restaurants in the Highlands, we are chuffed to be included. It’s between us and two others so

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Deadline looms for mountain writing and photo comps

The deadline is fast approaching for entries to this year’s mountain writing and photography competitions. This year, the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) have joined forces this year to expand their popular and long running competitions. The Mountain Article competition has categories for prose and poetry with 1st prizes of £150, plus a free EMFF weekend pass for the prose category and £100, plus EMFF pass for the poetry class with substantial 2nd and 3rd prizes on offer too. For the Photography competition there are two categories this year entitled; Focus, and Mountains

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Alternative path on West Highland Way closed

An alternative route to the main West Highland Way on the east shore of Loch Lomond has been temporarily closed due to forestry work. The affected route is the lower path north of Rowardennan between Ptarmigan and Rowcoish, passing the bothy at Rowcoish. Work started earlier this week and due to the difficulty of the felling work being undertaken the forestry contractor is unable to say how long the work is likely to take. Walkers are being advised by the Route Manager for the West Highland Way to avoid the lower path and heed any signs until the work is

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