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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Glen Etive – is it being spoiled by partygoers?

IT’S one of Scotland’s finest glens, the gateway to some of the best hills in the Central Highlands and a place that was close to the heart of a Celtic princess. Glen Etive has been one of my favourite Scottish glens, ever since I discovered the story of Deirdre of the Sorrows, a first century Pictish princess who was betrothed to the High King of Ulster before fleeing to Scotland and Etive-side with her lover, Naoise, one of the Three Sons of Uisneach. Celtic tales tell of her love of these hills, and of her heartbreak at having to leave

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Posted in Access issues, Features, Magazine, Nature

New Great Glen Way High Route opens August 5th

A new high level route for the Great Glen Way will be officially opened by Cameron McNeish on 5 August. The new route, which takes walkers above the treeline for over 10 miles between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit, provides a fantastic alternative to part of the main route, offering great views over Loch Ness on this popular long distance trail. The route has been under construction since 2013 and is suitable for all users of the Great Glen Way. The low route, which runs mainly on forestry tracks on these sections, had suffered sporadic disruption from forestry harvesting and some

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Posted in Access issues, News

Lottery grant will repair 41 upland paths

A project which brings together Scotland's two National Park Authorities to address the serious threat of erosion to paths has been given a major boost with the Heritage Lottery Fund today announcing an initial grant of £3.28m. From the high mountains and straths of the Cairngorms to the lochs and woodlands of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Scotland’s National Parks encompass some of the country’s most iconic landscapes, vital for their contribution to tourism and the wider economy, as well as for the health and social benefits of the millions of people that enjoy them. However, their popularity combined with

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Posted in Access issues, Nature, News

Sharks, whales and dolphins could benefit from more marine protected areas

In addition to the 30 marine protected areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters announced last week, a further four sites could benefit species of whales, dolphins and sharks. This is according to a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The report follows the announcement of 30 MPAs by Scottish Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead resulting from the public consultation which saw 99% of respondents in favour of an MPA network around Scotland. After further research, SNH has published advice on a further four MPA proposals for Minke whales, Risso’s dolphins and basking sharks, species which are not included in the suite

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Posted in Nature

John Muir Trust and local businesses condemn Rannoch windfarm plans

The John Muir Trust has urged Highland Perthshire residents and visitors to object to a major wind farm on the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht. As well as being located in the heart the Wild Land Area Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, the 24-turbines each 125 metres high, would be visible from over 30 Munros and Corbetts, the iconic West Highland Railway line and the A82 – the main tourist route through the West Highlands. The Trust is set to submit its own detailed objection to both Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit (ECDU).

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Posted in Nature, News

Navigation Courses

Due to a cancellation there are a couple of places available on next weekend's navigation courses run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS). These day courses, based in the Campsie Fells and run from Drymen, are aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to navigate for hillwalking or to brush up existing knowledge. There is currently one place on Saturday August 2 and one place on Sunday August 3 and anyone wanting to book should phone the MCofS on 01738 493943. Each course will begin with an hour of work indoors and then the rest of the day

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Gaelic landscape and language talk in Portree

John Stuart-Murray will give an illustrated talk about his novel Reading the Gaelic Landscape at the Aros Centre on Skye on Saturday 26th July at 4.00pm. Reading the Gaelic Landscape aims to encourage people to read and understand Gaelic and investigate the history around them. Murray determined to write it after a woman could not tell him why Poll nam Muc (Pool of the Pigs) and Loch Bad an Òig (Loch of the Spot/Thicket of Youth) were so named, despite the fact both landmarks were close beside the croft her family had lived on for generations. Murray’s work provides non-speakers

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Ben Lomond torchlit walk to remember WWI

A memorial beacon will shine out on the summit of Ben Lomond on the night of Saturday 16 August, marking 100 years since World War I. The area around Ben Lomond, including the mountain summit, has been designated as a war memorial, called the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park since 1995. The beacon, created by artificial light, will mark the half-way point in a special torchlit walk being held to raise funds for conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland, which cares for Scotland’s most Southerly Munro. The Trust is offering walkers the chance to sign up and pay the

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Posted in News

Peter Macfarlane joins Walkhighlands as gear editor

We’re delighted to welcome Peter Macfarlane to Walkhighlands as our new gear editor. Peter is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer and will be familiar to many as a regular contributor to Trail Magazine. His work has also appeared in other magazines and he has covered outdoor topics on both TV and radio. Peter is usually found out in the Scottish mountains where he’s gained his experience of equipment testing and found a preference for simplicity and light weight. He is also known through his blogging – and forum appearances – as PTC*. His first review will be published early

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Posted in Walkhighlands news

Wonder of Sea Eagles revealed in Fife

A programme of activities to encourage more people to come and watch magnificent white-tailed sea eagles in Fife forests was launched today (Monday 21 July 2014). The latest stage in a long-running collaboration between RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, the programme highlights the success of the species since it was re-introduced to Scotland. RSPB Scotland’s Rhian Evans, who has played a key role in the reintroduction programme said; “Persecution wiped sea eagles off the UK map almost 100 years ago but they’re now back – and doing remarkably well, with three breeding attempts in east and

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Posted in Nature, News


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