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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mountaineers object to Kings House plans

Plans to extend one of the most historic hotels in the Highlands with an ‘industrial style building’ which will dwarf the original have been condemned by Mountaineering Scotland. The Kings House Hotel, on Rannoch Moor, near Glen Coe, has long been a favourite of mountaineers, dating back to the pioneering climbers in the first half of the last century. But now Mountaineering Scotland wants to call time on plans for a major extension which they argue would be completely out of character both with the original building and the surrounding landscape, which is part of a much-loved National Scenic Area.

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Posted in Nature, News

Bird control licences restricted in light of wildlife crimes

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has restricted the use of licences to control birds in two separate cases this week. The decision was made on the basis of evidence provided by Police Scotland of wildlife crime against birds. These are the third and fourth such restrictions imposed by SNH. Edradynate Estate in Perthshire and an unamed individual in Aberdeenshire will have their licences restricted. They may still apply for individual licences, but these will be closely monitored. General licences allow landowners or land managers to carry out actions which would otherwise be illegal. This includes controlling common species of wild birds,

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Posted in Nature

Hikers light up Ben Lomond on fundraising walk

The summit of Ben Lomond was illuminated on the evening of Saturday 16 September as dozens of hikers ascended the 974m peak in aid of the National Trust for Scotland and Lomond Mountain Rescue. Seventy-five intrepid walkers – and one canine companion – took part in the Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge, completing the twilight hike and raising £5000 (so far) for the two charities. Under the expert guidance of National Trust for Scotland ranger staff and Mountain Rescue volunteers, the walkers reached the summit at 9pm, with torches and flames sending a signal out to the surrounding area. The challenge

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Posted in Nature, News

Shooting the Breeze – Nick Hanson Interview

Nick Hanson is the current holder of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award. David Lintern finds out more. Tell us a little about yourself – where’s home, is photography your full time job, and so on? I am originally from Dumfries in south west Scotland, however my family moved down to Cambridgeshire back in 1989 when I was 17. Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful place to live, with rolling hills, forests and lots of lovely coastline. As a youngster, although I loved to be outdoors, it was more about my enjoyment of being out there rather than

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Photography

How can a tree grow on a boulder?

High up in a quiet corner of Glen Etive is a large boulder, and improbably anchored on top of that boulder is a rowan tree. It stands in a beautifully isolated but prominent position on a tongue of land between two burns and, as you climb higher onto Stob Dearg this oddity, bowed in deference towards the Buachaille, feels like a sentinel guarding the entrance to the upper coire. I have a list of favourite natural oddities in Scotland but this tree / boulder combo is up there with the best. I love it because it just looks plain weird

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Review: Summit to Eat backpacking food

Recommended Price: £5.50 Main Meals and Scrambled Egg Breakfast, £4.50 Desserts and Oat Breakfast Weight: (Dry Pouch) Main meals 112g-136g, Breakfasts 80g-91g, Desserts 86g-97g Calories: Main Meals 499-603, Breakfasts 449-469, Desserts 300-447 Tasty and nutritious meals are such an important part of any multi-day backpack: fuel to keep your body functiong well; something to look forward to at the start and ends of the day; as well as a much needed morale boost particularly if the weather is poor. Having used a variety of brands over the years we took a selection of main meals and hot breakfasts from relative

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Posted in Camping, Gear reviews, Magazine

Walkhighlands Walking & Writing Workshop

WalkHighlands has teamed up with award-winning author Linda Cracknell for a ‘Walking and Writing’ Workshop exclusively for Walkhighlands users. The all day event will be held in Pitlochry on Saturday 18 November and will cost £60 including lunch. As with other Walkhighlands events it is being run on a first come, first served basis so book your place using the details below to avoid missing out. Linda will lead a day workshop intended to stimulate and refresh your skills for writing inspired by landscape and walking, whether it’s for WalkHighlands reports, articles, or even for fiction with fully-realised settings. No

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

In the Eyes of the Beholder

HARD on the heels of the news that walking is worth £1.26 billion to the Scottish economy it appears that readers of the internationally acclaimed guidebooks, Rough Guides, have voted Scotland as the most beautiful country in the world. Having climbed mountains in over twenty different countries in the world it really doesn’t surprise me that Scotland has been given such an accolade. I’ve been saying exactly that for over 40 years. We have such a wonderful diversity of landscape in this country and I believe that is partly what makes it so special. Take for example the different characteristics

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

1st phase of Suilven path restoration complete

After four months of intensive work involving two path contractors, about 10 staff and an airlift of over 100 tonnes of rock, the first stage of the project to repair and upgrade sections of the path leading to Suilven in Assynt has now been completed. The work, which will cost around £200k, is being undertaken as part of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership (CALLP) Scheme with the aim of halting the ongoing loss of vegetation and erosion of soil – particularly fragile peat – along the path line. The project is a partnership between the Assynt Foundation, who

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Posted in Nature, News

RSPB appeal after Hen Harrier disappearance

RSPB Scotland has issued an appeal for information after a young hen harrier, fitted with a satellite tag as part of the charity’s EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project, disappeared on an Aberdeenshire grouse moor. “Calluna”, a female harrier, was tagged this summer at a nest on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, near Braemar. Her transmitter’s data was being monitored by RSPB Scotland and showed that the bird fledged from the nest in July. She left the area in early August, with the data showing her gradually heading east over the Deeside moors. However, while the tag data

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Posted in Nature


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