The weather at this time of year is a lottery: New Year’s Day was a total wash-out, but today is superb with a blue, cloudless sky and warm sunshine. It seems like we’ve picked the right day to do what the info board at Sandyhills calls the best coastal walk in Britain. Quite a boast: will it live up to it? Continue reading
A bit of good luck today: the Missus wanted to cycle to see the Falkirk Wheel and offered us a drop-off and pick-up: this meant we could do another linear section of the John Muir Trail. So we were back in Strathblane heading east. It was a lovely summer’s day and the only grit in the oyster was the memory that last time we did a section of the Forth-Clyde Canal the cycling hordes were a pain. Surely I was just in a bad mood then; it’ll be better today. Nope.
The recent run of gales continues into the New Year and so I thought it was about time I made the pilgrimage to Saltcoats (like every junior BBC reporter) to witness the combined effect of a very high tide, severe gale force winds, and a storm surge. It was impressive! Continue reading
Readers with an excellent memory or fabulous text searching techniques will remember a walk from August 2010 where we were unimpressed with some Donalds near Durisdeer but thought the other hills in the area would make a much better day out. Well, today we were back to find out, and to play around in some of that white stuff you’re meant to get in winter but which seems pretty scarce this year 1. Continue reading
- Probably caused by the BBC’s “It’s going to be another great year for Scottish skiing” report they did when Cairngorm had a snow flurry back in November. ↩