Tag Archives: Grouse

Queen’s View to Blair Atholl


Jazz surveying Atholl

As a birthday treat my family wanted to join me on this walk: I must be mellowing with age because it was actually enjoyable.  This walk starts at the Forestry Commission car park for Allean Forest near Queen’s View on Loch Tummel.  This road is exciting for its scenery, lots of corners, and the chance to meet either a forestry lorry or dozens of tourist coaches taking up the entire road.  However, the walk soon leaves all that behind and you have the place to yourself. Continue reading

Traquair to Galashiels

Three Brethren

Three Brethren

A rare combination of a free weekend and decent weather gave us the chance to get back to the Southern Upland Way for the last two sections: yes, we are frighteningly close to finishing this.  Today was the shorter one with a walk over the old Minch Moor drove road from Traquair to Galashiels.  So sit back and enjoy, because this walk was a cracker. Continue reading

Beinn Dearg

Jazz on snow bank, Beinn DeargThe last time we were here, back in the autumn of 2011, stalking prevented us from climbing Beinn Dearg and so we had to be (very) content searching for the source of the Mighty Banvie Burn.  Today we had no excuses and to cap it all, it was a stunning day with blue skies, no wind, no insects, warmth and still enough snow to make everything stand out.  But we’ll have more to say about the snow later… Continue reading

Gargunnock Hills

Gargunnock Hills

Gargunnock Hills

I’d spotted this ridge when we took a scenic route to Stirling and thought it looked worth a visit.  I keep forgetting that I can reach this part of the country faster than parts of south Ayrshire and so usually discount it: I’ll need to work on that. It is a lovely escarpment that jumps out of the upper Forth valley and apart from a steep first hour we were promised a longish but straightforward day.  Ah, the best-laid plans of man+dog… Continue reading

Wardlaw Hill

Jazz at memorial on Wardlaw Hill

As I was accompanying the Missus to a popular music concert this evening we only had a few hours for a wander. With lambing in full swing (and apparently the worst season in living memory) we decided to head for some grouse moors.  (And as an added treat, this entry is the first that uses the wonderful Ordnance Survey OpenSpace facility to display a map of the location and the route.) 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

Chapelgill and Cardon Hills

The last time I took a day off the government’s ONS said that the country slipped back into recession, such is my productivity.  However, with a beautiful day forecast and everyone else working (i.e. watching the Olympics on iPlayer) I thought I could escape notice and so we headed for the hills.  The target was a couple of Donalds near Culter Fell with an Iron Age fort thrown in for Jazz.  We’ll just have to wait for the Q3 figures to see how much the economy suffered from our day in the sun. Continue reading

Moorfoots in the Rain

Fisherman on Portmore Loch

I was brought up in the Esk Valley with the Pentland Hills on one side and the Moorfoot Hills on the other.  Probably because they are just round lumps the Moorfoots were somewhere I never walked.  Time to rectify that, and even bag three Donalds into the bargain with a nice circular walk from Portmore Loch.  It all started well, but then the rain set in and gave us a very soggy afternoon. Continue reading

Heatherstane Law

Base of wind turbine

Today for inspiration I opened Nick Wiliams’ excellent Southern Uplands guide with the intention of walking where it opened (so long as it looked interesting and wasn’t too far away, obviously).  So step up Heatherstane Law.  However, don’t try to find this on an Ordnance Survey map because there it is called  Hudderstone.  Clearly when the OS surveyor asked a local for the name of yonder hill their accent was a little on the strong side and the literal transcription made it into the database.  Whatever name you use, it was a nice day out, and a good example of how quickly a guide-book can go out-of-date.

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