Tag Archives: Cairngorms

Hotting it up at Glas Allt Sheil

Partnership working seems all the rage these days, and last weekend up Loch Muick was a great example. The bothy at Glas Allt Sheil – the one in an outhouse of the Queen’s big picnic hoose – is officially looked … 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. According to the map, Feith na Sgor (bog stream of the peaks) is just the … 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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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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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

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Callater completed

At the start of September the Eastern Highlands MBA crew descended mob handed on a spartan Callater Bothy and brought light and an element of cosiness. Lightwells built from the roof through the ceiling brought light into the formerly gloomy … Continue reading

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A make-over for Callater Bothy

It’s been said – and with some cause – that a bothy without a fire is just a shed. Well Callater Bothy may not have a fire yet, but it’s looking considerably more welcoming after this weekend. Callater Bothy, sitting … Continue reading

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