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Ganging agley on Ben Chonzie, 12-11-2017

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley, said oor Rabbie, and he wasn’t wrong… I’ve not been hill walking for over two years! A new business venture, renovating a dilapidated flat and then letting it as holiday accommodation (Uppa Close, ten minutes from Loch Lomond) has taken up all my time. But the forecast for Remembrance … Continue reading

Day Trip – Conic Hill & a Boat Journey

Originally posted on Uppa Close :
If you only have one day to explore Loch Lomond, this wee adventure manages to fit in a variety of experiences. It’s like the National Park in miniature – and it’s an excellent choice for entertaining children too! It all happens in and around Balmaha, a tiny village on the…

Sensing summer

I went for a jog today – a renewed effort to get fitter and thinner. My usual route takes me along a path by the shore of the loch, and every time it reminds me to be grateful to live where I do. Today was yon cloudy-but-bright way: the sun was trying really hard to … Continue reading

Spring again….

it’s a full year since i last blogged. a year! it is truly terrifying how the pace of time gets faster and faster with age. i remember talking about it with my grandmother, when i was still in my teens….. young enough to think that time went on forever, but getting old enough to notice that time was seeming to go … Continue reading


…. is springing. It’s still cold – some parts of Scotland are being snowed upon right now – but here beside Loch Lomond the sun is shining with a definite promise of warmth. The earth smells, for want of a better word, earthy. And the birds sound different. Once you tune in to them, the … Continue reading

Fun with Facebook..

  I’ve just started a public Facebook page to try to engage with folk a bit more, and to promote my writing. I hope to use it as a discussion forum, as well as for updates on successful (and not so successful) writing ventures. I’ll continue to use this WordPress site for more general thoughts. … Continue reading

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

I grew up on Islay – surrounded by whisky, fed copious amounts of it in hot toddies as a child – and all my life I’ve liked the taste of it. But for most of my adulthood I’ve not been a drinker of alcohol. Like every teenager I drank a wee bit, but I never … Continue reading

Boggy Beinn Dubhchraig

September has produced some fine weather this year, but the forecast suggested that things were about to change. So on the first Sunday of October, afraid it would be my last chance for a while, I headed up Loch Lomond in the direction of Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben Oss. I didn’t have anything radical planned … Continue reading

Stravaiging about on Ben Challum

Where does time go? A year ago, after a big gap in my hillwalking, I climbed a couple of Munros as a birthday treat to myself. It reminded me how much I love being in the hills, and I promised myself that I would make more time to get out. Then life chucked a few … Continue reading

A Walk on the Wild Side… above Scotland’s munitions dump

Here’s one I did earlier…. July 2014, to be exact: it’s another report from my Walkhighlands blog. Cruach an t-Sidhein’s slopes are home to the Glen Douglas Munitions Depot, thought to be the largest NATO conventional weapons storage base in Western Europe. It’s also a stone’s throw from the nuclear submarine base at Faslane. It’s … Continue reading


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