Category Archives: Stravaiging

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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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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From failure to magic in the Cairngorms

In the Cairngorms even the failed weekends can turn out to be memorable – and for all the right reasons too. I’d set out from work on Friday, heading up to Bob Scott’s Bothy with the intention of going out to … Continue reading

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A sense of wonder

There were so many reasons not to be out there this day. On the ground the first big dump of snow of the winter had come, but the inevitable thaw had started already and on the way up Glen Derry … Continue reading

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‘Finniscoor’: an endless feast

When I was a bairn my father and uncle referred to it as Finniscoor, having picked that name up from some of the local keepers. Properly, Feith na Sgor (bog stream of the peaks) is the large, open corrie to … Continue reading

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Under the summer snows

At last – the fabled ice tunnels of the Feith Buidhe slabs. It was a long journey. About a month ago I’d been over in that area with a friend and climbed from Loch Avon to the plateau and Carn … Continue reading

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