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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Work parties – possible restrictions on use of bothies

Intending users of bothies maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association should be aware that maintenance work will be taking place at a number of bothies over the April- June period. Inevitably, this will mean that there will have to be restrictions on use at some, but not all, of these bothies while the work is being undertaken, and intending users should be prepared to camp while this essential maintenance is taking place. As much information as possible will be posted on the Association’s website www.mountainbothies.org.uk but it is not, of course, possible to be totally precise in advance about how

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Posted in Access issues

John Muir Trust completes Druim Hain Pathwork

After four months of backbreaking work in treacherous conditions, local path workers on the Isle of Skye, employed by Arran Footpaths have completed the first phase of a major restoration of the footpath that leads from Sligachan to Loch Coruisk. During these 12 weeks, each member of the team several hundred miles to and from the site on Druim Hain ridge. Frequently battling gale force winds and driving rain, their work included: Refurbishing 340 metres of path Transplanting and landscaping an area of vegetation 750 metres2 Shifting 140 tonnes of stone by hand Constructing six cross drains and twelve water

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Posted in Nature

Ben Lomond path temporary closure tomorrow

The main path up Ben Lomond – one of the most popular of the Munros – will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday March 30th). The closure will be for one day and is to allow the delivery of stone by helicopter. There will be ground personnel onsite during the works to prevent access, on grounds of public safety. This is part of the preparation for the path upgrade works that are planned to start in May and is part of a wider project called ‘The People and the Mountains Project’ funded by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland in partnership with the Loch

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Posted in Access issues, News

First Aviemore Adventure Film Festival to be held 22-24 April

The Aviemore Adventure Film Festival is a weekend long festival which will be held for the first time from 22-24 April. With a line-up of events for the outdoor enthusiast & adventurers including talks from top climbers and mountaineers, mountain bikers, back country skiers and filmmakers, together with film screenings from outdoor athlete, the festival offers something for everyone, from armchair adventurers to weekend warriors. The Festival will kick off on Friday 22nd April with the screening of the inspiring Scottish film “Transition” following young competition climber Natalie Berry as she starts off on her climbing career – transitioning from

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Posted in News

Strathfarrar Summer Access starts 31 March

The summer access arrangements for Strathfarrar will begin on 31 March this year. Strathfarrar has a locked gate and only a certain number of cars are allowed into the Glen each day. There are no restrictions on pedestrian access or taking a pushbike beyond the locked gate and wild camping is allowed within the terms of the Scottish Access Code but you cannot park overnight in the Glen. There will be no vehicular access all day on Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) negotiates access along the private road with the landowner on behalf of

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Posted in Access issues, News

Our pick – Scotland’s best island beaches

We’ve previously posted our pick of the most beautiful beaches in the West Highlands. Now we board the ferries to visit Scotland’s stunning islands on a journey through the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland – blessed with some of the very finest beaches in the world. Check out also our guide to the best of Scotland’s east coast beaches. Bagh na Doirlinnhe, Gigha Set off the Kintyre peninsula, Gigha is an island that really deserves to be better known. It has several excellent beaches, but the pick of them has to be Bagh na Doirlinnhe in the north, where twin beaches

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Our picks

Gear review – backpacking rucksacks

If you think of backpacking the first thing that comes to mind is probably carrying a big rucksack and walking a long distance trail, or maybe exploring a new country while being as self-sufficient as possible. In Scotland, although we’re not the biggest plot of land around, both still apply. We have an expanding network of long distance paths, and hostels are still busy with explorers from near and far. To many though, backpacking at home has become something else, an activity with a shorter scope but with perhaps a bigger prize which is getting the most out of our

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Posted in Gear reviews, Magazine, Rucksacks

And he thought it was all over…

SEVERAL folk have asked me recently if I’ve given up the hills for cycling? I’ve certainly been enjoying my bike a lot more in the past five years than in the previous fifty and it’s true to say that for me bikepacking has certainly taken over from backpacking. Over the past few years I’ve cycled Land’s End to John O’Groats; toured through France from the Channel to the Med and cycled Ireland end to end. Last autumn I spent a couple of weeks cycling in the Picos de Europa of north Spain, an area that had some of the longest

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Daughter appeals to Cairngorms walkers in search for Jim Robertson

Now that the snow cover has greatly reduced and conditions are improving, the family of hillwalker, Jim Robertson, Police Scotland & Mountain Rescue teams are asking any hill goers in the Cairngorms area to please keep looking out for the missing 61 year old. Inspector Matt Smith, Police Mountain Rescue Team Leader, said: “Despite a concerted effort Jim is still missing. With the weather starting to improve we would ask that anyone using the hills remains alert to the fact that he is still missing. We would ask that they get in touch should they see anything unusual or concerning.”

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Posted in News

New section of John Muir Way opens through Kilpatrick Hills

A new section of the John Muir Way heading through the Kilpatrick Hills is now open. The new section of path – which heads past Burncrooks Reservoir – replaces the old stage between Balloch and Strathblane which made more use of minor roads and the West Highland Way. The latter option is now a John Muir Way variant for cyclists. The new route cost £500,000 was funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, SportScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH); it is part of the Central Scotland Green Network project. Alan Stevenson of Forest Enterprise Scotland said about the opening: “This a great

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Posted in Access issues, News


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