Category Archives: People

Book review: Beyond the Secret Howff, by Ashie Brebner

The Secret Howff is such a part of Cairngorm lore that it’s difficult to remember that until relatively recently so few people knew anything about it other than it existed… somewhere. Now Ashie Brebner, the last remaining member of the … Continue reading

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Going beyond the Secret Howff

Anyone who has been to the Secret Howff, and many who have just heard of it, will know the name Ashie Brebner. The last remaining builder of the legendary howff, Ashie has finally decided to tell his story. Published by … 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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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

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Lochnagar… almost

The great thing about heading for the hills is that even your failures can turn in great days. Last weekend I was bound for Lochnagar, to the Gelder Shiel for the area meeting of the MBA. You’ll all be absolutely … Continue reading

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The legendary Aitken’s Morning Roll bothy ballad

The more alert of you will have noticed that a YouTube link to the documentary Bothy Life appeared on this blog a few days ago – and quickly disappeared again. Frustrating, I know, especially for foreign readers who can’t get … Continue reading

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The Fool on the Hill

Ach, it’s all been a bit serious on here the last few posts, so here’s a wee bit of  light relief – a tale from the early years of this century when I still thought I was a climber and … Continue reading

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