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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scottish Ministers Accused of Natural Heritage Leadership Failure

Green energy companies gathering for a major exhibition and conference in Glasgow are being asked for their support in protecting Scotland's mountains. In the absence of political leadership from Scottish Ministers, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is calling for energy companies that care about the environment to collaborate on plans to protect the most sensitive and precious mountain areas from unsuitable wind farm developments. Letters have gone out to many companies attending RenewableUK 2012 (at the SECC from 30 October to 1 November), inviting them to discuss how to harmonise clean energy production with the preservation of Scotland’s natural

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Posted in Nature

Work complete on Ben Nevis cairns

Work has now been completed on two navigation cairns on Ben Nevis. Following a public consultation process at the start of 2012, one new cairn has been erected and the Number 4 Gully cairn has been replaced. The Coire Leis cairn measures approximately two metres high with a large and distinct capstone.  The cairn serves as a navigation marker for the descent line from the bealach into Coire Leis. The Number 4 Gully cairn measures approximately 1.7metres high, with a large and distinct capstone which has two aluminium number 4s on it (one facing N/NE and one facing S). The

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Posted in News

Scottish National Trail launched

A new long distance route running the length of Scotland was launched today. The unofficial route, which has been devised by outdoors writer Cameron McNeish and uses existing long distance trails and established walking routes, links Kirk Yetholm just north of the border and Cape Wrath in the far north west Highlands. The 470 mile Scottish National Trail will be marked by plaques at the start and finish and where it utilises other long distance walks, such as St Cuthbert’s Way, the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals and the Rob Roy Way there is some waymarking for those routes,

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Posted in News

Gear Review: Backpacking Tents for Two

The mainstay of the backpacking tent market, a two-person model is the ideal combination of living space and weight for the backpacker that wants one tent for use (almost) all year round. As a plus-six-footer most one-person tents are too small for me, even if they have a long enough living area my feet invariably end up touching a sloping wall. A two-person tent may not be much longer, but the extra width allows me to sleep diagonally, or even share with a close (and smaller) friend. Of course, if carrying a two-person tent alone it can’t be too heavy,

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Posted in Camping, Gear reviews

Motorists warned of deer on Scottish roads

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is warning motorists that collisions between deer and vehicles soar at this time of year, with the risk of a collision almost twice as high in Scotland as in England. As the nights get longer and the clocks turn back, red deer are moving down from the hills at the same time as commuters head home. It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents every year in Scotland, on average causing about 70 serious human injuries. The economic value of these accidents is £5 million. Across the UK, it’s estimated there

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Monadhliath windfarm public inquiry

The public inquiry into the proposed Allt Duine windfarm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park has started this week in Aviemore. The RWE Npower Renewables application is to build 31 125-metre turbines at Allt Duine in the Monadhliath mountains. Mrs Jill Moody DipTP MRTPI, an inquiry reporter, will conduct the process and report back to the Scottish Government. Anyone who previously objected or commented on the planning application will be able to give evidence and written objections will also be taken into account. The Allt Duine proposal has proved more controversal than many windfarm applications because of its

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Posted in Nature, News

Walkers' views wanted at end of stalking season

Today (20 October) marks the end of the Scottish stag stalking season and SNH would like to know more from hillwalkers about the information that would be helpful when planning walks. If you have been hillwalking this year, please fill in the survey here. Three years ago SNH set up the Heading for the Scottish Hills website. The web service has proved popular with walkers with 7500 visits last year. This year, in a collaboration between SNH and Walkhighlands, the detailed information from the Heading for the Scottish Hills were also be directly available on the relevant hill routes on

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Posted in Access issues, News

East Highland Way on Walkhighlands

The latest Scottish long distance walk to be added to Walkhighlands is the East Highland Way. Devised by Kevin Langan, the East Highland Way is an unofficial route running across the Highlands from Fort William to Aviemore. Stretching for 134km, the route enables a link between the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way with the Speyside Way. Much of the route follows forestry and moorland tracks and paths, but there is a variety of woodland along the way and enough open sections to give some superb views across the Central Highlands, as the route passes in the shadow

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Posted in News

Another baby beaver for trial site

Another baby beaver has been successfully born at the Scottish Beaver Trial site in Kapdale, Argyll. Trial field staff made the welcome discovery after reviewing camera footage from the site and spotted the first time parents, Trude and Eoghann, emerge from their lodge with their new born youngster following closely behind. The kit was first spotted at the end of September and the youngster, who has been identified as a little female has just received her first health check from the trial team. In August, three beaver kits were spotted. They came from the pair living on the Dubh Loch,

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Posted in Nature

Bridge of Orchy bunkhouse closes

The bunkhouse at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel will close next week. The Hotel hopes to eventually re-open a bunkhouse but at present there are no immediate plans to re-build and no planning permission exists. The Hotel intends to increase the number of hotel bedrooms in the near future. The bunkhouse has long been a stopping point on the West Highland Way and for the nearby Munros. Alternative hostel accommodation is available at the West Highland Sleeper at Bridge of Orchy rail station and at the By the Way Hostel in Tyndrum.

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