Going Solo

May 2022 Cairngorms “Don’t be scared to hike alone.  Don’t be scared to like it”. My partner in crime was working all weekend and the weather was looking not too shabby.  I was at a loose end.  I could either stay home and possibly get bored, even sulk, hike somewhere local, pass the time doing…

The Hills Are Alive                     

March – April 2022 Ben Challum An Caisteal Beinn a’Chròin Càrn na Caim A’Bhuidheanach Bheag Over the past few week we have managed to squeeze in a few Munro’s.  Each has presented its very own weather outlook from hiking through deep snow to hiking in a hot, almost summer like kind of day. Our first…

Beinn à Chochuill & Beinn Eunaich

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th March 2022 Argyll & Bute In a tranquil setting nestled on the banks of Loch Awe in its own sheltered bay, sits Taychreggan Hotel and this is where we would spend our last two nights, a gift we received well over a year ago but which kept getting cancelled due…

Argyll & Bute

Friday 11th March 2022 Argyll & Bute Knapdale is a beautiful and unspoilt area of Argyll, bounded to the south by the Kintyre peninsula and to the north by the Crinan Canal. Its coastline is deeply indented by a series of sea lochs. Perhaps the most beautiful of these is Loch Sween, which stretches north…

Seil

Seil, Slate Islands Thursday 10th March 2022 We were off to explore another Island, Seil. Seil is one of the Slate Islands (the most northerly), located on the east side of the Firth of Lorn, approximatley 7 miles southwest of Oban, in Scotland.  These Islands are known as the Slate Islands because in the mid-19th…

Ben Cruachan

Wednesday 9th March 2022 Ben Cruachan, Argyll & Bute Today with weather conditions still looking good but changing in the next day or two we took the opportunity of climbing Ben Cruachan.  Weather forecast predicted 90% chance of cloud free Munro’s here. Ben Cruachan is said to be one of the finest Munros in the southern…

Isle of Iona

Day 4, Monday 7th March 2022 Mull – Iona Today we drove to Fionnphort which was only 38 miles away but which took us approximately 2 hours to drive.  Single track roads are everywhere and although we hardly saw another car we were sharing the roads with a huge amount of sheep and some cows. We…

Oban

Isle of Mull – Oban Day 5, Tuesday 8th March 2022 We caught the ferry last night from Craignure in Mull to Oban a pretty coastal town which took us around 50 minutes. Its name derives from the Gaelic language and means ‘little bay’, however Oban is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William,…

Isle of Mull

Day 3, Sunday 6th March 2022 Ben More, Isle of Mull “The absent Scot who seldom sees, Their mountains, rivers, lochs and trees, Still carries deep in heart and soul, Their country’s gift to keep them whole, To find contentment in their lot, Thats what it is to be a Scot”. The Isle of Mull…

Ardnamurchan Peninsula – Day 2

Saturday 5th March 2022 Ardnamurchan Peninsula – Isle of Mull “Happiness isn’t something ready made. It comes from your own actions”, Dalai Lama. There had been silence most of the night and when we woke next day we still had the place to ourselves. After breakfast we decided to take a stroll along the beach…