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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mudslides warning on Beinn a’ Chochuill

The recent torrential rains have caused mudslides to affect the hydro track up the north side of the Allt Mhoille behind Ben Cruachan in Argyll. The track is often used as a route up the Munros Beinn a’ Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. The mud is reportedly over a metre deep and walkers are advised to avoid crossing it. The damage is at NN120316.

Posted in Access issues, News

Our Pick – 10 of Scotland’s stunning castles

Scotland is renowned for its magnificent castles, with some authorities having counted more than 1,200 of them. They offer tremendous variety, ranging from romantic, craggy ruins to luxurious stately homes for the wealthiest landowners, here’s our personal pick of 10 of the best – including both some of the most celebrated, and some very little known. We’ve included the walks from which they can be seen. Edinburgh Castle Where else to start but with what must be the most famous of them all? Sitting atop its magnificent rock at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the site has been occupied since the

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Our picks

Chris Townsend slams reluctance to implement Wild Land Policy

Mountaineer and writer Chris Townsend has joined campaigners against a wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains to call on the Scottish Government to stay true on its word to protect wild land. Supporters of Save The Monadhliath Mountains (SMM), a broad based coalition of mountaineers, hill-walkers, conservationists, tourism businesses, ornithologists and local communities, are opposed to the building of the wind farm at Allt Duine, located wholly in Wild Land, partly in the National Park and next to the National Scenic Area in the Highlands. SMM says that Ministers are allowing the developers behind the project, RWE, to spin matters

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Steall Falls path closed following landslip

The John Muir Trust has advised at the extremely popular footpath through the Nevis Gorge at the head of Glen Nevis has been temporarily closed. The path – used as the approach to Steall Falls as well as the start of many popular mountain routes including the classic Ring of Steall – is blocked where it emerges from the gorge onto Steall Meadows. UPDATE: A temporary repair has been carried out and the path is now passable.

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Strathan Bridge destroyed by floods in Sutherland

The Mountain Bothies Association is reporting that the footbridge over the Lon Mor in Strath Shinary, near Kinlochbervie, has been washed away in the heavy rains sweeping northwestern Scotland. The suspension-style footbridge – at NC244611 – is commonly used to give access to the bothy at Strathan. The bridge had been repaired in 2012 following previous damage. The loss of the bridge means that the bothy may not be possible to reach in spate conditions. The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity that organises volunteers to oversee the maintenance of around 100 unlocked shelters in the UK – mostly in

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Has Drum Castle’s ghost been captured on camera?

Staff at the National Trust for Scotland’s 700 year-old Drum Castle have been left scratching their heads at a mysterious image captured by a webcam. The conservation charity’s wildlife team had set up cameras in the castle’s stables over the summer as part of a project to observe a nesting family of swallows. However, staff based at the Aberdeenshire castle discovered that they had captured more than they bargained for when checking photographs taken overnight. A strange mist can be seen in one of the images. The webcam is motion-activated, so something with a physical presence must have triggered the

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Call for withdrawal of Rannoch wind farm

Mountaineers and conservation groups have written to a Dutch firm calling for it to respect Scotland’s most precious wild lands and abandon plans for an industrial scale wind farm. Eventus BV, through a wholly-owned UK subsidiary Talladh a Bheithe Wind Farm Ltd, has applied to build 24 wind turbines, each 125m tall, together with 12.8km of wide access tracks, buildings and infrastructure, in Rannoch, Perthshire, in one of the most celebrated and beautiful areas of the Scottish Highlands. The application was made the very day the Scottish Government declared that such areas, formally recognised as Wild Lands by Scottish Natural

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Posted in Nature

Clock change increases deer risk on roads

As the clocks turn back this evening, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is warning motorists that the risk of collisions between deer and vehicles increase in certain parts of Scotland. Car accidents involving deer peak at this time of year. With night falling earlier, the peak commuting time coincides with deer coming out to feed on grass verges near roadsides. Because of this, SNH, in conjunction with Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland, are placing warning messages on electronic variable messaging signs. From the evening of Sunday, 26 October to Monday, 17 November, the signs will warn motorists at key locations on

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Highland red squirrels may escape deadly pox

New research on the spread of squirrelpox has revealed both good and bad news for the ability of the Scottish red squirrel population to survive the deadly virus. The report, commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) suggests that the pox will continue to spread and possibly wipe out red squirrels in areas where grey squirrels already live but that the disease could be kept out of areas where reds dominate and there are no, or very few greys. These areas include the Highlands, parts of Tayside, Argyll, Moray and Aberdeenshire. However in order to contain the virus in Southern Scotland

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Posted in Nature

Prepare for winter as the clocks go back

As the clocks go back this weekend it’s time for walkers and climbers to ‘go back’ to their winter kit. With days getting shorter, a head torch is an essential part of equipment. But the end of British Summer Time is also a reminder of other changes in Scotland’s mountains. Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Adviser with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland advises: “Shorter daylight hours, dropping temperatures and the first dusting of snow on the hill are obvious indicators for the hill walker to think about extra kit in their rucksacks. “A head torch – and spare battery – is

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