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The environment, Nature and beauty from a Scottish perspective.

Knowledge is power......but beyond that I don't have a particular agenda to push here. I don't necessarily have answers to the questions our environment is demanding of us.....but I do have the desire to get more people talking about environmental issues even if we don't all see eye to eye.

Problems are unlikely to be addressed let alone resolved unless folk know what is going on around them. And to that end, information & debate are ultimately better than ignorance or sticking our heads in the sand.

PLUS....it's a beautiful, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying planet. Put some time aside to marvel at it.

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    Great wee hills - Ben A’an

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    Normally, on my days off, I’d be choosing routes and hills that steer clear of well known honeypots.  Not because I’m a surly grouch on the hill necessarily (no, really!), but more because I like to soak up that wonderful feeling you get from big, empty open spaces.  Being alone in the hills gives you a wonderful sense of self.

    Whether it’s Ben Nevis, East Lomond or Arthur’s Seat, I’ll always climb down a rocky ledge or remove myself over a small rise to find my own little quiet place to sit and take it all in.

    And yet, earlier this week I found myself sitting on the summit of one of Scotland’s most popular hills for well over an hour, while a procession of visitors appeared and disappeared around me.

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    Tags Trossachs hillwalking hiking Ben A'an Stirling hills mountains Loch Katrine SS Sir Walter Scott

    I ordered a funky new tent from the States last winter.  A super-lightweight and super-sturdy Scarp 1.  It was all very exciting but you have to seal the seams yourself and…..well……I kept putting that laborious job off.
BUT….with winter approaching and the prospect of some wild camping not far away, I finally got off my arse today and sealed the seams.  It’s only taken me 7 months.  Not bad really ;-)

    I ordered a funky new tent from the States last winter.  A super-lightweight and super-sturdy Scarp 1.  It was all very exciting but you have to seal the seams yourself and…..well……I kept putting that laborious job off.

    BUT….with winter approaching and the prospect of some wild camping not far away, I finally got off my arse today and sealed the seams.  It’s only taken me 7 months.  Not bad really ;-)

    Tags camping tent wild camping Scarp

    New Walkhighlands article: A guide to Scottish heathers

    "If you’ve been out in the hills lately you’ll hopefully have noticed shades of purple and pink standing out against the otherwise green landscape. Certainly that’s been my experience on two recent walks, one up Beinn a’ Bhuird via The Sneck in the Cairngorms and one along Loch Turret in Perthshire.

    The different shades I saw on those walks are the ones that accompany summer’s inevitable slide towards autumn, as the heathers burst into flower.”

    Click on the link for my latest Nature column for Walkhighlands.

    Tags hillwalking hiking wildflowers Cairngorms Highlands Walkhighlands Perthshire heather

    Heather in the Lomond Hills on a lovely warm evening last week.  With torrential rain, 12C and the log fire lit for the first time since April it really does feel like summer has left these shores now though.

    Heather in the Lomond Hills on a lovely warm evening last week.  With torrential rain, 12C and the log fire lit for the first time since April it really does feel like summer has left these shores now though.

    Tags heather Lomond Hills photography Fife