2018

30 May 2018

  • Sgurr a'Chaorachain (792m)
Scotland With A Son - Into The Highlands With My 10 Year Old
Twenty Years after bagging my first Munro, I headed back to The Highlands of Scotland in the company of my eldest Son, Benjamin. Here’s what we got up to.

27 May 2018

  • Ben A'an (454m)

2007

02 June 2007

  • Ben More (Mull) (916m)
Paulo’s Last Munro Photos
I’ve finally gotten round to processing and uploading photos from Paulo’s Last Munro weekend [/hebrides-bound-but-can-i-still-rough-it/]. The weather on Ben More was truly appalling, so the majority of the images were, unsurprisingly, taken within the cosy confines of the Craignure Inn [http://www.craignure-inn.co.uk/…
Hebrides Bound - But Can I Still Rough It?
This weekend I’m taking a couple of much-deserved days off work and heading to Mull [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Mull] with the intention of plodding up Ben More [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_More_%28Mull%29…

2004

04 April 2004

  • Maol Chean-dearg (933m)

31 January 2004

  • Geal Charn (917m)
  • A'Mharconaich (975m)
  • Beinn Udlamain (1011m)
  • Sgairneach Mhor (991m)
The Drumochter Four
Remind me again why I do this kind of thing in January? Thanks to Alex for the companionship on this greyest of days.

2003

27 May 2003

Beinn Alligin:

  • (Tom na Gruagaich) (922m)
  • Sgurr Mhor (986m)
Beinn Alligin
In which I pop my Torridonian cherry.

25 May 2003

  • Moruisg (928m)
  • Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (915m)
A Couple of Glen Carron Hills
Two of the hills that rise above Glen Carron. * Moruisg (928m / 3045ft) * Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (915m / 3002ft)

2002

26 August 2002

The Ring of Steall, Mamores:

  • Sgurr a'Mhaim (1099m)
  • Am Bodach (1032m)
  • Stob Coire a'Charn (981m)
  • An Gearanach (982m)
The Ring of Steall, Mamores
A superlative day in the hills with Richard, Melanie, Hugh and Harriet. A cloudy start at low heights, but as we ascended higher we broke through a cloud inversion, being presented with stunning blue skies and incredible views across to Ben Nevis and the Carn Mor Dearg arete.

25 August 2002

Beinn a'Bheithir:

  • Sgorr Dhearg (1024m)
  • Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m)
Beinn a’Bheithir
A great day bagging the two Munros that make up Beinn a’Bheithir - Sgorr Dheargh (1024m) and Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m)

23 August 2002

Buachaille Etive Beag:

  • Stob Dubh (958m)
  • Stob Coire Raineach (925m)
Buachaille Etive Beag
The little sibling to Buachaille Etive Mor [/buachaille-etive-mor/].

08 June 2002

  • Ben More Coigach (743m)
  • Sgurr an Fhidleir (705m)
Ben More Coigach
A couple of fine Grahams bagged on a short, steep lunchtime walk. Ben More Coigach (743m) Sgurr an Fhidleir (705m)

04 June 2002

  • Beinn Bhrotain (1157m)
  • Monadh Mor (1113m)

03 June 2002

  • Braeriach (1296m)
  • The Devil's Point (Bod an Deamhain) (1004m)
  • Cairn Toul (1291m)
  • Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m)
Four Big Cairngorms
Four big ones in the bag, thanks to an overnight stay at Corrour Bothy: * Braeriach (1296m) * The Devil’s Point (Bod an Deamhain) (1004m) * Cairn Toul (1291m) * Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m) It was at some point on this day that my Nokia 5510, won during last year’s Nokia Game [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Game#2001:_The_Tone…

03 March 2002

  • Saileag (956m)

2001

22 September 2001

  • Carn Mor Dearg (1220m)
  • Ben Nevis (1344m)
Ben Nevis
On which I bagged the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis (1344m), via the curvaceous Carn Mor Dearg arête.

25 August 2001

  • Meall Garbh (1118m)
  • An Stuc (1118m)
  • Ben Lawers (1214m)
  • Beinn Ghlas (1103m)
  • Meall Corranaich (1069m)
  • Meall a'Choire Leith (926m)

24 April 2001

  • Bla Bheinn (Blaven) (928m)
Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
The Foot and Mouth outbreak fortunately did not prevent us from having a fine day bagging Bla Bheinn on the Isle of Skye.

22 April 2001

  • Sgorr Ruadh (962m)
  • Beinn Liath Mhor (926m)
Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor
Another great day on snow-kissed hills.

2000

25 November 2000

Aonach Beag (1234m)

Aonach Beag
On which we summitted the seventh-highest mountain in Scotland, the 1234m Aonach Beag. Plans to continue across to neighbouring Aonach Mor had to be abandoned due to poor visibility.

04 July 2000

  • Sgurr Ban (989m)
  • Beinn a'Chlaidheimh (916m)
The Fisherfield Forest
A couple of days in the wonderfully remote Fisherfield Forest, staying at the delightful Shenavall Bothy.

02 July 2000

  • Crib Goch (923m)
  • Snowdon (1085m)
Snowdon via Crib Goch
Similarly to my traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge last year [/the-aonach-eagach-ridge/], the scale of the perilous drops aside me were hidden by cloud.

29 April 2000

  • Beinn Bheoil (1019m)
  • Ben Alder (1148m)
Ben Alder
May Day weekend 2000. A late dash to Scotland after work on the Friday. A long and dark post-midnight walk to the Ben Alder cottage bothy. A cracking day in the hills on the Saturday, begging Beinn Bheoil (1019m) and Ben Alder (1148m) as part of The Great Scottish Climb charity event.

15 March 2000

  • Cona' Mheall (978m)
Cona’ Mheall
Cona’ Mheall (978m) Another long walk in and only a single munro bagged, in the mist and rain. Yuk!

13 March 2000

  • Ben Hope (927m)

1999

20 November 1999

  • Beinn a'Chleibh (916m)
  • Ben Lui (1130m)
Ben Lui
On which we climbed Beinn a’Chleibh (916m) and Ben Lui (1130m).

04 September 1999

Aonach Eagach Ridge:

  • Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m)
  • Meall Dearg (953m)
The Aonach Eagach Ridge
A misty day scrambling along the Aonach Eagach ridge.

02 September 1999

  • Beinn Teallach (915m)
  • Beinn a'Chaorainn (1049m)

01 September 1999

  • Meall Chuaich (951m)

31 August 1999

  • Broad Cairn (998m)
  • Cairn Bannoch (1012m)
  • Carn an t-Sagart Mor (1047m)
  • Carn a'Choire Boidheach (White Mouth) (1110m)
  • Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag) (1155m)

29 August 1999

  • Cairn of Claise (1064m)
  • Carn an Tuirc (1019m)

28 August 1999

  • Ben Chonzie (931m)

26 June 1999

  • Bidean nam Bian (1150m)
  • Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m)
Bruce’s Last Munro
Bidean nam Bian (1150m) Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m) Bruce’s last Munro.

01 June 1999

  • Beinn Eunaich (989m)
  • Beinn a'Chochuill (980m)

31 May 1999

  • Meall Ghordie (1039m)

30 May 1999

  • Carn Gorm (1029m)
  • Meall Garbh (968m)
  • Carn Mairg (1041m)
  • Meall nan Aighean (Creag Mhor) (981m)
The Glen Lyon Four
A hot spring day taking in a circuitous route around the Glen Lyon four. * Carn Gorm (1029m) * Meall Garbh (968m) * Carn Mairg (1041m) * Meall nan Aighean (Creag Mhor) (981m)

29 May 1999

  • Meall nan Tarmachan (1044m)
The Tarmachan Ridge
29 May 1999 Meall nan Tarmachan, 1044m / 3425ft

23 April 1999

  • Stac Pollaidh (612m)
Mauling
“You seem to be going awfully fast,” said the perspiring southern lady on the footpath to Stac Pollaidh, “would you pull me up?” I smiled politely, but in reality I was both shocked and pleased to have realised that over the course of the week, my mental and physical fitness had increased, and her…

21 April 1999

  • Beinn Dearg (1084m)
  • Cona' Mheall (978m)
No Such Deviations
I first wandered up the long track toward Beinn Dearg a year ago, when Daffy insisted we leave it at an early stage and clamber up through snow-covered heather onto a large rounded ridge which seemed to go on forever before finally nearing the summit of Eididh nan Clach Geala. Fortunately no such d…

19 April 1999

  • Conival (987m)
  • Ben More Assynt (998m)
Soggy Foothills
Updates on a few days in the far north. Ben Wyvis, Conival and Ben More Assynt.

18 April 1999

  • Ben Wyvis (Glas Leathad Mor) (1046m)

17 April 1999

  • Gulvain (987m)
Vast Solid Pillar
In which a lengthy trudge is undertaken up the “shy” hill Gulvain.

27 March 1999

Buachaille Etive Mor:

  • Stob Dearg (1021m)
  • Stob na Doire (1011m)
  • Stob Coire Altruim (941m)
  • Stob na Broige (956m)
Buachaille Etive Mor
One of my favourite days in the hills ever.

1998

31 October 1998

  • Beinn a'Chroin (940m)
  • An Caisteal (995m)
Drunkenness and Debauchery in Rural Scotland
In which larks are had in Killin.

02 October 1998

  • Beinn Dorain (1076m)
  • Beinn an Dothaidh (1004m)
Bridge Of Orchy
More rain. So we sped over to the western highlands and bagged a couple of munros near Bridge of Orchy.

30 September 1998

  • Beinn a'Chaorainn (1083m)
  • Beinn Bhreac (931m)
The Transitional Nineties
On which it rained a lot. Lots of walking across boggy marshy stuff sprinkled with deer and sheep crap. Another metaphor for life, then.

29 September 1998

  • Carn a'Mhaim  (1037m)
  • Ben Macdui (1309m)
A Night Under The Stars
In which we are benighted near Ben Macdui.

28 September 1998

  • Carn Aosda (917m)
  • The Cairnwell (933m)
  • Carn a'Gheoidh (975m)
The Cairnwell
In which I do something silly on a hill.

25 July 1998

  • Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin (1105m)
  • Stob Coire Easain (1115m)
Starspotting In The Highlands
Sitting in Richard’s Volvo with Bruce, on the forecourt of an Esso station in Fort William: “Shit, Nel, look who it is!” “What, where?” “That old guy walking away from the Toyota - it looks like... no, it actually is...” “Wow, it can’t be!?” “It IS! It’s him! Shit, it’s...” “Jimmy Saville!!!…

24 July 1998

  • Schiehallion (1083m)
Schiehallion
Notes and photographs from my ascension of Schiehallion with two friends on a fine summer’s evening.

11 April 1998

  • Eididh nan Clach Geala (927m)
Eididh nan Clach Geala
My second Munro. Lots of fun in the snow.

10 April 1998

  • Meall a'Chrasgaidh (934m)
Meall a’Chrasgaidh
While the Good Friday Agreement was being signed in Belfast, I was reluctantly plodding up my first ever Munro, the dreary featureless lump that is Meall a’Chrasgaidh.