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Craignaw: RIP Hat

Looking back at Glentrool

Looking back at Glentrool

The last time we were in the Dungeon Hills we ran out of time to do Craignaw and so a return was needed: as this is a Donald we couldn’t leave it out.   And contrary to your expectations, this did actually involve a modicum of planning. It needed to be:

  • before the summer when the bracken in Glen Trool is awful;
  • after a dry spell to avoid a mud bath;
  • with a breeze to keep the insects at bay;
  • on a decent day when I had a pass from my domestic servitude.

Well today was the confluence, and we had a great day, if a bit on the tough side. Continue reading

Glen Artney to Loch Earn

Kev and Jazz at foot of Ben VorlichRegular readers of this nonsense will know that planning is our watchword and so it will come as no surprise when we say that this little jaunt came to life one evening while perusing the OS map and helping along the Chilean wine industry while on holiday on Highland Perthshire.  I’d spotted a walking sign at the end of Glen Artney and by following the paths managed to get a nice linear walk over to Loch Earn.  Despite yesterday’s handbag-strap incident, the Missus was willing to do the car bit, and we were even joined by a friend (who we’ll call “Michael” for convenience): did no-one warn him? Continue reading

Glen Finlas Horseshoe

South Loch Lomond from CraperochThe west side of Loch Lomond has lots of lovely hills arranged into nice circular walks that are strangely ignored by the people heading north or for the Munro on the other bank.  Today Jazz and I did one that the Missus and I did back in 1989: the horseshoe walk around Glen Finlas. Continue reading

Ben Chonzie

Jazz waiting for lunch, Ben ChonzieIt’s been four months since we’ve been in Highland Perthshire, and that is clearly way too long: time for a long weekend and so the Crieff area got our tourist readies.  The Missus had a rush of blood to her head and offered to drop us off at the bottom of Ben Chonzie (with a silent “C”, Gaelic-fans) and pick us up at the end of the day: we jumped at the chance to bag another Munro.  So we headed up Glen Lednock to the car-park and as we did, the clouds dissipated to leave a clear blue sky and a beautiful morning.  As this web-site’s motto says: “Planning is all“. Continue reading

Munro Bagging at 50

Jazz heading for Beinn Ghlas

By adopting her great idea of the “Birthday Month”, I’d persuaded the Missus to let Jazz and I enjoy a bit of Munro-bagging while we were up in Highland Perthshire.  This isn’t something we do much and so we were looking forward to stepping up a gear for walking in mountains rather than our usual Southern Upland hills.  Clearly with terminal decrepitude only moments away we weren’t planning on doing anything silly and so Ben Lawers easily popped into mind.  The route has the advantage of starting way up the hill, has a great path, and yet is the 10th highest hill in Scotland which makes it sound impressive.   Continue reading

The Source of the Mighty Banvie Burn

Afternoon sun, Glen Banvie

The Banvie Burn starts in the hills above Blair Atholl and in its 8km life passes through some gorgeous scenery before it joins the River Garry. Every time we are up in Blair Atholl we always have at least one walk along its banks and it must qualify for my prize of “most frequent riverine lunch-stop” award. Today the weather looked favourable for a decent saunter into the Atholl hills following part of the old Minigaig Pass with the goal of discovering the source of the Mighty Banvie Burn. Continue reading

Carn Liath and Forest Lodge, Glen Tilt

Approach to Carn Liath from Loch Moraig

The missus and I have been going on holiday to Blair Atholl for over 20 years and every time we go up the Killiecrankie by-pass we see Carn Liath towering ahead of us and I say “I really must do that someday” and then never do.  Well, a bit of heavy rain gave me the chance.  The original plan was to walk from Blair Atholl through Glen Tilt to Deeside.  This was abandoned after I read I’d have to cross a ford that was dangerous with the river in spate: Carn Liath became the back-up plan. Continue reading

Moorbrock Hill

Jazz on the track to Moorbrock

This was third-time lucky at starting this walk: previous attempts thwarted by bad weather: what has become known as “The Curse of Miller”. 1  But today the sky was blue and the sun shone 2 and Spring was definitely just around the corner. Continue reading


  1. The Curse did try to screw things up today as the B729 that we would use was closed at Carsphairn due to subsidence but my trusty sat-nav found an interesting detour beside a Llama farm!
  2. Did not apply to Ayrshire which had mist all day. Shame.