The Fossil Tree, Mull

2 12 2011

About 5 Easters ago, Richard and I joined up with my then walking group, The Open University Mountaineering Society, for a trip to Mull over the long weekend. We were hoping to hill-walk but the weather wasn’t really favourable as it was an early March Easter and there were bitterly cold northerly gales. Read the rest of this entry »





First Visit to the Cuillin – 2nd Peak – Bruach na Frithe

25 05 2011

Thu 19 May 2011 Added my photos at end of post now I’ve got them back – Richard’s are the ones within the post…

Thursday was our leaving day from Skye and we frustratingly still had only one Cuillin peak under our belts due to the awful prevailing weather. However, the day dawned fine and we could see from the B&B window that the Cuillin were nearly ‘out’ – it was still extremely windy however. I told Richard we really ought to try to at least bag Bruach na Frithe – he was quite keen as he didn’t really want to leave the island with just the one summit bagged either, and he isn’t even a bagger. Read the rest of this entry »





First Visit to the Cuillin – Sgurr na Banachdich

25 05 2011

Tue 17 May 2011 – photos now added…

After a fruitless first day on Skye on the Monday, when we gave up waiting for the torrential rain to stop (we weren’t keen on the high winds either) and went to the drier north to walk in the stunning Quiraing, on Tuesday morning we decided we had to make a start on the dreaded Cuillin – that’s what we’d come to Skye for after all. Read the rest of this entry »





Eaval (Eabhal) North Uist

6 04 2011

While I was living on the Outer Hebrides whilst in the Army, I was much too lazy to walk anywhere, especially not up the hills. It was only when I came back on holiday every year and had become interested in mountains that I decided it was time to do some of the ones on the Uists after having lived amongst them for so long and ignored them!

The one hill everyone walked, even the lazy Army folks on the islands, was Eaval (1,100ft) on North Uist. I decided to redo this hill along with a cute little strangely shaped one next to it called Burrival which is just short of 500 feet but quite a fierce little hill!
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Uneasy Walking to the Tip of South Uist

6 04 2011
A particularly remote and desolate walk on South Uist is to visit the very southern tip by way of the Glendale hills or the glen track. There is a beautiful small hill there called Ru Melvick. I used to walk the glen track on most of my visits back to the Uists but, for several reasons, never really felt at ease… One was that you were in a valley completely surrounded by hills on four sides where nobody ever goes nowadays – the track is an old one which used to go to the ruined sheiling down at Hartavagh Bay. The other reason was the sheiling…

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