Over Phawhope

Big Bothy Walk #4 A shepherd, William Laidlow, lived in a small cottage in the Ettrick Valley in the early 1700s. A locally renowned athlete, he was supposedly never beaten. On one occasion he showed up unprepared for a race, lost his trousers soon after starting, and still went on to claim his victory without … Continue reading Over Phawhope

Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Antclockwise from Inverness Start and Finish: Inverness Castle Distance: 80 miles (128km) Total ascent: 10,159ft (3,097m) Traditional Sections: Inverness - Drumnadrochit (20 miles)Drumnadrochit - Invermoriston (13.5/14miles)Invermoriston - Fort Augustus (8/7.5 miles)Fort Augustus - Foyers (15 miles)Foyers - Dores (13.5 miles)Dores - Inverness (10 miles) I walked anticlockwise from Inverness over four and a half days … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

The owls had eventually run out of things to talk about and I had managed a long and heavy sleep which ran onto a lazy morning. Up in a part of the forest a way away from any paths I wasn't in a massive rush in order to maintain discretion and set off just before … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 5; Inverfarigaig to Inverness (19 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

What started as a cold night eventually became a cosy one. I could hear the wind beating and whining around elsewhere, but not a single leaf rustled around me; I woke up unsquashed with an intact tent which really is about as good as it gets. The frost on the outside of the fly was … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Day 2, near Blackfold to Ruskich Wood (20 miles)

Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

In the sixth century, the Irish monk, St. Colombo, was chilling out with his Pictish pals when he came across a burial taking place by the River Ness. It was explained to him that the deceased had been attacked by a huge water beast that dragged him underwater and mauled him to death. Colombo sent … Continue reading Loch Ness 360: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

Skye Trail, Day 5: Beinn Edra to Rubha Hunish (16 miles)

I woke at one in the morning for no other reason than that I was still absolutely ravenous and the groaning from my stomach was demanding more food. I eventually found myself crouched over my stove in the dark on the eerie sky-high plain cooking up pasta before scurrying back to the warmth of my … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 5: Beinn Edra to Rubha Hunish (16 miles)

The Bothy Code

The Mountain Bothies Association has formally reopened the bothies again! As we currently exist in a tenuous ebb of a worldwide pandemic, it is even more important that we respect the code of use that surrounds the bothies. Admittedly, it may not have crossed all of our minds that they were formally closed (after all, … Continue reading The Bothy Code

Glossary of Water Words in Britain

You were walking along the brook, wait, was it a beck? Possibly a burn. Anyway, it was on from the marsh, or the bog, one of them. You know, up from that mere. What do you mean it was a tarn? The one next to the force? No, not the falls, the force. With pulks … Continue reading Glossary of Water Words in Britain

St Cuthberts Way, Day 1: Bowden to Cessford Moor (19 miles)

I did consider leaving the tent to throw things at the loudly coupling badgers, but memory served that badgers are mean and, sometimes, a lot larger than expected, so I just waited it out as dawn started turning into day and packed up the tent ready for another walk that hopefully would be as lovely … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 1: Bowden to Cessford Moor (19 miles)

St Cuthberts Way: Day T-1, Melrose to Bowden (4 miles)

I'm not really sure what I anticipated from Melrose. Starting points to these trails have a tendency to be simply a means of access with few redeeming qualities other than a railway station and proximity to the route. In my head, the whole of the borders was this unknown hinterland in my unfamiliarity. It could … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way: Day T-1, Melrose to Bowden (4 miles)