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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Locations from Roads Less Travelled: West Highlands Part 2

Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer. This second of our galleries for the programmes features locations seen in the second episode. You can see the locations for the first episode on this link. Aird of Sleat, Isle of Skye The second episode began on the Isle of Skye, with Cameron travelling to the Aird of Sleat and cycling the track down towards the Point of Sleat – before wildcamping nearby. Kylerhea – Glenelg ferry Cameron

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Locations from Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands Part 1

Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer. If you wanted to explore some of the locations in the programmes yourself, then have a look at the gallery below. Isle of Luing Cameron’s journey started at the picturesque former quarrying village of Cullipool on the Isle of Luing. He followed a walk around the coastline of the island past the quarries – this route is featured on Walkhighlands as our Isle of Luing and the Slate Quarries

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Storm Frank set to batter mountains on Wednesday

The batch of December storms is set to continue with Storm Frank set to batter the Scottish hills tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday 30th). The Mountain Weather Information Service is forecasting winds of 70 to 90mph to continue for many hours, with gusts of 100mph or more – making any mobility very difficult. Persistent heavy rain is also forecast, particularly in west and southwest Scotland, again rarely ceasing for many hours with around 120mm set to fall on higher areas – causing further flooding. The rain will turn to snow over the mountains later in the day. The Mountaineering Council of

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The road to the western lands

Slioch and Loch Maree

David Lintern embarks on a voyage of discovery to 3 of the smaller ‘sacred’ isles. “Your body is a boat to lay aside when you reach the far shore” – William Burroughs There’s something about islands, an irresistible draw. They loom large in our imagination… or at least they do in mine. In particular, there are countless ‘holy’ islands, dotted along the west coast and festooning the lochs that are particularly beguiling, not least because they play a huge part in our cultural history. My first visit was to an A-lister – Isle Maree, situated in the wooded archipelago that

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Cameron McNeish on BBC2’s Roads Less Travelled

In the BBC Adventure Show special that has become a regular part of the festive season on TV, Cameron McNeish celebrates the best of Scotland with a spectacular route through the West Highlands. This year he is taking things slowly. His home is a campervan and he will be walking, cycling and paddling into some hidden corners of Scotland. In the first of two programmes at 7pm tomorrow on BBC2 Scotland, Cameron’s journey starts 20 miles south of Oban. He visits three stunning but lesser-known islands, explores the grandeur of Glencoe and the rugged Moidart Peninsula, before taking to the

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Our pick – Boxing Day walks

With Christmas upon us, here’s our pick of Boxing Day walks that may help you digest all that over indulgence – or perhaps escape your least favourite relative! Allermuir Hill and Swanson, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh At the time of writing a white Christmas doesn’t look very likely, but whatever the temperature Allermuir Hill offers the most stunning views over Edinburgh. The nearest of the Pentland Hills to the city, Allermuir is within easy reach for a great many people for their Boxing Day jaunt. Benarty Hill, Fife Though it may be smaller than its neighbours amongst the Lomonds, Benarty Hill

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Thousands of hectares of ancient woodland to be restored in Highlands

An large area of forest three times the size of Inverness has been surveyed as part of a project to restore ancient woodland in the north of Scotland. The Woodland Trust Scotland’s Ancient Woodland Restoration project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Forestry Trust and the MacRobert Trust. Since 2013 two specialist project officers have surveyed 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) of plantations on ancient woodland (PAWS) sites in the north of Scotland, and nearly 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) are now in a process of restoration. Peter Lowe from the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “Ancient woodland restoration is one

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Avalanche warning service begins

Avalanche forecasts for Scottish hillwalkers and climbers start today, 17 December. The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides a daily avalanche hazard report for six Scottish areas – Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon. The service usually runs until mid-April but is dependent on the snow conditions. Anyone planning a hillwalk during the winter is advised to check the avalanche service in the same way as they would routinely check the weather forecast and plan their route accordingly.

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Clearing up some of the confusion around rewilding

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By Mike Daniels, Head of Land Management, John Muir Trust and Trustee at Rewilding Britain. Cameron McNeish’s piece for Walkhighlands, ‘Confused about rewilding – so am I?’, has raised some interesting questions and sparked off a well-informed debate about the issues. It is understandable that when a new movement arises, people might be concerned and will seek to clarify what exactly is being proposed. And rewilding is an emerging and a growing grass-roots movement based on a realisation by many people that the way we have managed much of our land has been damaging, and that it doesn’t have to

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Not Fit For Purpose

It’s not camping byelaws that are needed on Loch Lomondside but a complete shake-up of the National Park management structure, says Cameron McNeish. LIKE many others I was hugely heartened when the delegates at the Scottish National Party autumn conference voiced their concern at the Government’s proposals for Land Reform. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had promised a radical land reform agenda would be a key objective of the Scottish Government, but it would appear that civil servants had watered down the government’s proposals to such an extent they were barely recognisable. I sincerely hope, especially with the SNP’s political dominance

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