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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Thrilled by an Evening of Adventure

Last month I had the pleasure of hosting the National Adventure Awards in Glasgow, an annual gathering that celebrates the achievements of folk who have pushed the boundaries of their particular adventurous activities. It was a great event, an evening in recognition of some truly amazing accomplishments and an antidote to the prescribed, sanitised society that most of us live in. The nominees for this year’s Awards include some extraordinary individuals, people who quietly and effectively close the door on normality and set out to push their own limits in a wide variety of settings, from the wilds of the

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Walkers warned to prepare for winter in Scotland’s mountains this May Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday is approaching fast, but the high mountains of Scotland are still hanging onto winter after an unseasonably cold spring. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and British Mountaineering Council (BMC) are joining forces to recommend hill walkers north and south of the Border be prepared to deal with late-lying snow conditions when they head for the Scottish hills this weekend. This spring has been unseasonably cold, with a northerly airstream and accompanying cold conditions affecting the whole of Scotland. This has resulted in some of the best skiing and winter climbing for several years. It looks like

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Posted in News

Hen Harrier Sightings Wanted

The public is being asked to report any hen harrier sightings this year by the ‘Heads Up for Harriers’ project group. Run by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW Scotland), this is one part of the effort to help rare hen harriers. Hen harriers frequent many Scottish moors, where their acrobatic aerial courtship displays are a tell-tale sign of breeding activity. But their distribution and numbers are still restricted in some areas. A number of causes, including illegal persecution, land use changes and predation, have resulted in a reduction in hen harrier numbers, to the point that the

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Posted in Nature

Our pick: Glasgow’s street murals

Our latest new urban walk is an exploration of some of Glasgow’s stunning street murals. These impressive creations decorate blank end walls and vacant buildings and help to tranform otherwise less attractive corners of the city into striking public art works. The full walking route giving directions to see all these and more can be visited here: Glasgow Murals Trail. This new mural on High Street was created early in 2016 by the Australian born street artist Smug (Sam Bates) – renowned for his photo-realistic style. The Argyle Street Cafe mural is another work by Smug. It replaces an earlier

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Posted in Magazine, Our picks

Celebrating the John Muir Way’s second anniversary

Celebrations for the second anniversary of the John Muir Way are running throughout this week with events across the Central Belt. The festivities, taking place from 16-24 April, honour the famous Scottish American environmentalist’s birthday and his namesake trail. Ian Ross, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) chairman, said: “Many people have enjoyed walking and cycling the John Muir Way since it opened in 2014, with over 60,000 visitors a year. It’s a wonderful resource for people of any ability or fitness. You can walk a mile along the route near where you live – or walk the entire 134 miles. The

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Posted in News

Scottish avalanche forecasts end daily service

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has reached the official end of its daily forecasting for the winter. However due to the amount of snow still around forecasts will be issued for next weekend in Lochaber and North Cairngorm. Further details can be found at the SAIS website.

Posted in News

John of the Mountains

As we mark John Muir Day, April 21, Peter Pearson, Chair of the John Muir Trust, invites hillwalkers and mountaineers to get involved with the organisation that honours his name. “Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing,” noted John Muir in My First Summer in the Sierra, a collection of journal entries describing his 1869 adventures in the magical mountain wilderness of Yosemite. Muir would later rise to fame in the USA as a writer, scientist and campaigner. He is today hailed as the founding father of the modern conservation movement, and the inspiration

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Deaf-blind walker seeks guides for epic Scottish hike

Deaf and blind walker Michael Anderson will be tackling a 215 mile charity hike this May and is appealing for walkers to help him along the way. In 2011 Michael successfully tackled Ben Nevis with the help of some Walkhighlands users and is hoping hillwalkers will support both his trek and charity this time around. Michael is calling his trek from Iona to St Andrews “Michael’s Way” and is raising money for Deafblind Scotland. Michael said, “The name Michael’s Way was dreamt up because I have very different ways of doing things. I have to run with a guide and

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Walkers requested to keep dogs on lead during nesting season

The Cairngorms National Park authority is urging all dog owners to keep dogs on a lead this springtime when ground nesting birds are sitting on eggs, and into the summer months when they have chicks to care for. “The National Park is home to some of the UK’s most endangered species and for our birdlife especially, springtime is a really important time of year, when we hope to see populations boosted with new life.” Ground nesting birds like capercaillie, lapwings and dotterel are at their most vulnerable from bad weather and predation at this time of year so the Cairngorms

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Posted in Access issues, Nature

Ben Lomond access – road closure at Rowardennan

Road access to the very popular car park at the foot of Ben Lomond is set to be affected by temporary closures from next Monday 18th April until Friday 6th May. Repairs to a retaining wall at Rowardennan will see the road completely closed during the following timeslots each day: 9:00am to 10:30am 11:00am to 1:00pm 1:30pm to 4pm The closure times have been chosen so that walkers will still have some access to Ben Lomond.

Posted in Access issues

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