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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Walkhighlands MCofS Navigation courses – book now

Following the success of the joint Walkhighlands/MCofS navigation courses over the last few years a further 4 course dates are being held this summer. These single day courses will be held at Arrochar on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, and at the Ochils on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills while meeting other Walkhighlands users on a fun and friendly day. The courses are always very popular and only a few slots are still available – there is one place on Saturday 11 June, 2 on Sunday 12th

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Loch Lomond waterbus service extended for 2016

The popular Loch Lomond waterbus service has been extended to take in additional locations around the world-famous loch, meaning visitors now have even more choice when exploring the area. Due to popular demand, the waterbus will now operate a new service between Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch to Inchmurrin and Inchcailloch, giving people the opportunity to explore two of Loch Lomond’s most popular islands. Furthermore the Inchmurrin service includes a morning tea/coffee and scone, or soup and a sandwich at lunchtime, depending on what time you sail. Situated only 50 minutes by train from Glasgow, Balloch is the southern gateway

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Windproof jackets review

Your waterproof is windproof, so why carry two things for doing the same job? Waterproofs have got lighter and more breathable, windproofs were an escape from a heavy, sweaty jacket years back, but a windproof is still far better at sweat management and some of the current fabrics are incredibly light but are still pretty durable. Where a waterproof usually has a membrane to keep the rain wet out and transfer the sweat from the inside, windproofs tend to be single skin fabrics that happily absorb the sweat and spread it out through fabric to help it dry faster. You

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets

Win a year’s worth of premium whisky to taste

With Father’s Day coming soon, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful Whisky Tasting Company to bring you the chance to win a year’s supply of premium and rare whiskies to taste – worth £235! A specialist in premium whisky gift sets, the Whisky Tasting Company has unique agreements with whisky brand owners throughout Scotland & Wales, presenting premium, old and rare whiskies from almost all of the country’s distilleries in our beautiful whisky gift sets. All you need to do is to fill in the form below, including the answer to the question “From which Scottish City is the long

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Human “Wolves” to help restore woodland

Project Wolf – a unique new conservation programme in which volunteers replicate the natural disturbance effects of Scotland’s extinct predators – has been launched in the Highlands near Loch Ness by Trees for Life. Project Wolf is being trialled at the charity’s acclaimed Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoriston, Inverness-shire, lying to the west of Loch Ness. It involves volunteers operating in teams of three ‘wolves’, regularly walking through the ancient woodlands during the night and at dusk and dawn, creating disturbance that will keep deer on the move. “Grazing pressure on young trees by too many deer, today undisturbed by

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Posted in Nature

Going solo

I was in my sleeping bag by 6:50 PM on the night of the Spring equinox and still able to write by natural light. I looked east, watching through the tent flap as the light died over Meall nan Tarmachan, Ben Vorlich, Stuc a Chroin. I couldn’t see the sunset directly, having pitched my tent at about 750 m on the south-eastern crags of Meall Ghaordaidh to shelter from increasing night winds. However, a sharply demarcated block of shade had risen up the hills, contrasting with a diminishing russet glow on the tops as blue-grey clouds draped over them, the

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Scottish Land Fund allows Moffat to buy local hill

A Dumfriesshire community is poised to take control of its local woodland, thanks to a £171,622 Scottish Land Fund award. The award to Moffat Community Woodlands is one of the first to be made from the newly re-launched Scottish Land Fund. Moffat Community Woodlands will use the funding to purchase 33.4 hectares of land on Gallow Hill, which overlooks the town of Moffat. The group intend to work with the Forestry Commission to replant the land with a broadleaf woodland and begin the process of returning the hill to the way it looked when Moffat was a renowned Victorian spa

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Posted in Access issues, Nature

Political Priorities

VERY few folk would have been surprised if the SNP had not been the dominant party in the recent Scottish election but what should the new Scottish Government’s priorities be for the next five years? The SNP manifesto was fairly light in terms of the Scottish outdoors, although I have been heartened by the party’s stance on the Scottish National Trail, which they see as a link to promoting and strengthening our Great Trails network of long distance trails. The whole idea of the SNT was to link up existing trails and footpaths into one continuous route through Scotland from

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Posted in Access issues, Features, Magazine, Nature

Full nest for Perthshire ospreys as third chick hatches

The nesting pair of ospreys at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve near Dunkeld have hatched their third chick of 2016. Volunteers at the reserve got their first glimpse of the chick just after 1pm today (Monday 23 May). It follows the first chick which hatched on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 May and the second, which came in the early hours of Friday 20 May. The nesting ospreys have continued to bring back salmon and trout to feed their growing brood. The webcam trained on the nest and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

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Posted in Nature

Tick Tock its that time of year again

With winter hardly gone from the mountains, mountain safety experts are advising walkers and climbers: “Tick the Munros – just don’t let the Munros tick you!” Those perennial pests of the Scottish hills and countryside are back. And while the physical and mental health benefits of hill walking are well known, walkers should still be aware of an almost invisible danger. Ticks are small arthropods (related to spiders and scorpions) and are common in vegetated areas in the Scottish hills. They are particularly suited to mild damp climates and therefore thrive on the west coast mountain regions of Scotland. Aside

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