Category Archives: History

Crystals on show at Braemar Castle

If you’ve ever wondered what a Cairngorm crystal looks like in the flesh – so to speak – there’s a display of the raw and finished stones at Braemar Castle this season. Roy Starkey, author of  Crystal Mountains (reviewed here) … Continue reading

Posted in History, News | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Jean’s Hut – a lost Cairngorm bothy

Of all the ‘lost’ bothies of the Cairngorms,  Jean’s Hut seems one of  the one most brought up in folk’s recollections. Not one I was ever at myself, although it didn’t finally disappear until the ’80s, but there are some … Continue reading

Posted in Bothies, History | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Plans announced for Derry Lodge development

(Since this post was first written, a planning application for the development has been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council. The application can be seen in full here. According to Murray Hamilton, Director of Planning and Rural Development at the Cairngorms National Park … Continue reading

Posted in History, News | Tagged , | 25 Comments

Reviewed: Old Deeside Ways, by Ian Murray

It’s been out a few months now, but I only recently came across Old Deeside Ways, the latest book by Ian Murray in his fascinating series of books on the oral history of the Cairngorms and Deeside. Notable for their … Continue reading

Posted in History, People | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Writing the book on mountain rescue

There’s a perhaps morbid fascination among hill walkers and climbers with tales of when it all goes wrong. I’ve long ago given up trying to figure whether it’s for education or voyeurism and just read the tales anyway. Sod the … Continue reading

Posted in History, Misadventures, News | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Bygone Cairngorm bothy photos

I’ve been sitting on some of these photos for a while now, mostly sent in by George Adams and Colin Campbell, always waiting for the context to use them. Then one of the comments after Ashie Brebner’s skiing article remarked … Continue reading

Posted in Bothies, History, People | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Skiing the Black Spout of Lochnagar in 1954

Ashie Brebner is best known as one of the people who built the Slugain Howff in the Cairngorms – the fabled ‘Secret Howff’ of many a hill quest. However he was also almost certainly the first person to ski down … Continue reading

Posted in History, People, skiing | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments