Category Archives: News

Braemar Mountain Festival

This blog doesn’t often get down out of the hills, but it’s not stretching the remit too far to give a plug for the first ever Braemar Mountain Festival which is due to happen on the weekend of 3-5 March. … Continue reading

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Cairngorm National Park recognition for bothies

The skill, hard work and dedication of many Cairngorm bothy volunteers was recognised at the Cairngorms National Park Design Awards this week. Three of the area’s bothies, all renovated since the last design awards in the Park, were nominated. Although … Continue reading

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Derry bridge here to stay – and a new bridge for the Quoich

Last year’s ‘temporary’ bridge over the Derry Burn, near Derry Lodge, has now become permanent. And a new footpath is to be developed going around – rather than across – the Derry Flats. ScotWays, the Scottish Rights of Way and … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Loch Lomond: a national park doing the dirty work for enemies of access

This blog doesn’t often venture outside the Cairngorms, but recent developments in the west cast a shadow over the future of all our mountains and our access to them. There has been a lot of argument over the decision by … Continue reading

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Cairngorms flood report

2015 ended badly in Deeside, with major flooding affecting Braemar and Ballater and causing damage to roads and bridges. However the mountain areas appear to have escaped relatively lightly. An outline update of Storm Frank flood damage from Cairngorms.co.uk, updated … Continue reading

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