This was the last leg of my 3-day trek, and it would take me to the halfway point of the West Highland Way – IF I managed to get there in time!
Having had a good night's sleep in my tent at Rowchoish, and having bathed my feet in Loch Lomond the day before, I felt quite energetic. My feet felt grea
In March, I set off from Milngavie near Glasgow to do three days' walking and camping along the West Highland Way, Scotland's most popular trekking trail.
Previous posts in this series:
Introduction to the trek
First leg of the trek
For this section of the route, there would be no public trans
The West Highland Way is probably Scotland's most popular hiking trail. I'd wanted to do it for years, but had never quite got round to it – despite the start being almost on my doorstep.
At the end of March there was a mild spell of weather and I decided to go for it. I'd been planning it in my mi
I've been very busy recently, preparing for my Mountain Leader award. The week-long assessment takes place at the end of this month, and in order to qualify, along with reading and paperwork requirements, I need to have done at least 40 "Quality Mountain Days" (QMDs), which involves climbing mounta
Saturday 23rd March was the day we were due to climb Ben Hope, the UK's most northerly Munro (mountain over 3,000 feet). Despite the high winds overnight, the forecast was for a much more moderate 25-35mph windspeed on the hills.
Map showing the places we visited. Click here to view a larger vers
I've spent most of the past two weeks away from internet connections – firstly in the far north of Scotland, and then on a wild camping trip, part of the preparation for my Mountain Leader training assessment.
I've been doing things that have taken me right out of my comfort zone, but with enormous
Braemar is a small village in the heart of "Royal Deeside". The village is less than 10 miles away from Balmoral Castle, one of the residences of the British royal family. People who do a lot of hillwalking in this area do sometimes bump into the odd royal personage!
I stayed in the village last we
It wasn't until I was walking towards the hill known as The Sow of Atholl that I realised how fitting this expedition was on the first day of the Chinese Year of the Pig. I had wanted to climb this hill for a long time, partly because its memorable name had lodged it firmly in my mind, and partly b