Author Archives: cairngormwanderer

Trees of the Cairngorms

It had started out a day for the tops. Beinn a Bhuird to be exact. But having emerged into Glen Quoich from Clais Fhearnaig and seen the south top with its head in the clouds, I decided to set my … Continue reading

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The last snow in Scotland

You’d think, having just passed the age of 60, I’d have a bit more sense. But no, here I was in the dripping jaws of a Cairngorm gully, boots scraping on grit, slithering on moss, chilled fingers testing protruding rocks … Continue reading

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50 years in the Cairngorms

It was  an inauspicious start: 1967, nine years old and chasing my brother through the heather. Suddenly I was doing a Wiley E Coyote impression, feet windmilling through the air as I fell into a gravel quarry at the side … Continue reading

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Walk out in the rain

I love the photo at the head of this post. It was one of several I put in a Facebook album and it was the one that got all the likes. Now the camera it was taken on was nothing … Continue reading

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Derry Dam bridge closed

Mar Lodge Estate announced on Facebook today that the metal footbridge at Derry Dam in Glen Derry (NO 039958) is closed due to flood damage. There are no further details at the moment but it’s likely that the problem lies … Continue reading

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Hotting it up at Glas Allt Sheil

Partnership working seems all the rage these days, and last weekend up Loch Muick was a great example. The bothy at Glas Allt Sheil – the one in an outhouse of the Queen’s big picnic hoose – is officially looked … Continue reading

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And here it is… the roof

Just a quick couple of pics this time around. A few days ago I wrote about the renovation of the Slugain Howff, but wrote from the point of view of a lowly porter, who left before the job was done. … Continue reading

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