Category Archives: Nature

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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The pictureless post: monolith and a halo

There are no pictures in this post. There are, however, some of the best pictures I’ve never taken. It didn’t seem to matter on Friday evening when, struggling to make headway – or even to stay on my bike at … Continue reading

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Work and wildlife in the Cairngorms

When you walk in to the woods and sit with your back to a tree and don’t move for, oh, maybe half an hour or more… sometimes you still see nothing. The wildlife, as ever, runs to its own timetable. … Continue reading

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Spring at last in the Cairngorms

There may still be great quantities of snow in the hills, but last weekend was my first day of spring all the same. I’d just spent the week at my day job putting out press releases urging people to take … Continue reading

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Killing trees for conservation

A few folk have been curious about the ring-barking of trees in the forestry plantation just east of Derry Lodge. I did ask one of the estate ecologists if he fancied writing a guest post to explain it but haven’t … Continue reading

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The Living Mountain on the telly

When it comes to classic books about the Cairngorms, Seton Gordon normally comes top of the list for his long out of print ‘The Cairngorm Hills of Scotland’. It is an excellent book too, as is the equally inspiring ‘Charm … Continue reading

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