Thursday, 21 January 2010

The Joy Of Twitter and Cottages Scotland

The Joy Of Twitter and Cottages Scotland

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I love the internet and the ability to talk to people all over the world and link up and share things

Today i got a friendship request on Twitter and before i knew it i was at this wonderful blog all about Scotland

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Ascending Beinn a' Chaorainn

Ascending Beinn a' Chaorainn.
Our only munro climbed at the weekend, Beinn a' Chaorainn provided an excellent short days walking in mixed weather. The day started with the ground frozen and the promise of sunshine, but soon deteriorated. With fresh snow falling on the way up and zero visibility on the summit, it showed how changeable conditions can be on the Scottish hills. The presence of a sheer drop from the cliffs dropping off the summit made sure the compass bearings were thoroughly checked.
Another great winter walk in the the Scottish hills!

Loch Treig from Beinn a' Chaorainn.

Summit Cairn, Beinn a' Chaorainn, 17th January 2010.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

West Highland Way Scotland Long Distance Path

West Highland Way, Scotland, Long Distance Path.
Took a walk on the West Highland Way from Kinlochleven over to the Kingshouse Hotel on 18th January 2010. This is the most visited long distance path in Scotland, and the scenery around this area justifies this. Glencoe speaks for itself, but cresting the Devils staircase and seeing the Mamores mountain range spread out in front of you, makes the heart glad.

Buachaille Etive Mor from Devils Staircase.

Mamores from West Highland Way.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter in Lochaber Scotland

Winter in Lochaber, Scotland.
A great stay at a lovely, cosy cottage, Tigh Mo Mhiann, Roy Bridge, Lochaber, Scotland. It's ideally situated for climbing the wonderful Grey Corries, one of the best ridge walks in Scotland!

The happy couple, Grey Corries, Lochaber.

Grey Corries, Lochaber, Scotland.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Skiing in Cairngorms Scotland January 2010

Skiing in Cairngorms, Scotland, 10.01.10.
A great days skiing in the Cairngorms on 10th January 2010. Thankfully the access road from Aviemore was clear all day on Sunday having been closed until 11am on the Saturday. It's certainly possible to have fun skiing in Scotland in these conditions!

Aviemore to Cairngorm Mountain, January 2010.

Cairngorms for Skiing in Scotland, January 2010.
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Loch Choire Ben Vrackie Perthshire Scotland

Loch Choire, Ben Vrackie, Perthshire,Scotland.
For those who don't fancy climbing Ben Vrackie in North Perthshire, Scotland, there's a rather shorter walk taking in Loch Choire. It avoids the steep pull up to the superb viepoint of Ben Vrackie, by skirting by the Loch following a path back to the main track. Not that it's too easy to find in the snow!

Loch Choire, Ben Vrackie, North Perthshire.

Loch Choire from Ben Vrackie, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

View to the Obney Hills Perthshire Scotland

View to the Obney Hills, Perthshire, Scotland 6th January 2010.
We're lucky to have a walk round our village in Perthshire that takes us high and gives fantastic views from Ben Vorlich at Loch Earn, up to Dunkeld. The distant Obney hills are gentle and rolling, but within fifteen minutes walking, you're miles from civilisation in an area rich with flora and fauna.

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