The Hunt for Balnamoon’s Cave

Balnamoon’s Cave guards its secrets well. Lurking in the upper reaches of Glen Mark, countless visitors to this wild and lonely valley have sought out its sanctuary and seclusion. Most have returned disappointed, unable to locate the clandestine spot amid the craggy cliffs and rock-strewn slopes. And therein lies its beauty for the concealed location really was a matter of life or death for a rebel laird fleeing the blood-soaked battlefields of Culloden. Read more…

Reindeer Man

Once-extinct sea eagles and beavers have both been returned to the Scottish countryside in recent years. However, the reintroduction of previously native species is nothing new. The mountains of the Cairngorms bear witness to this for they have been home to Britain’s only free-ranging reindeer herd for over 50 years. Read more…

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Scotland’s mountains and glens have motivated countless people over the years, from famous writers and artists, to ordinary folk whose inspiration may not be documented in words and pictures but is every bit as profound, albeit on a more personal level. The country’s wild land has prompted a profusion of poems, stories and paintings. But romance, literature and artistic masterpieces are not the only products of outdoor musing. Academic inspiration has also been drawn from the mountains and nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Scotland’s only winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. Read more…

Angus Coast Walk

Angus is crying out for an official coastal trail. The county’s shoreline is littered with geological gems and hidden treasures. As yet no official route exists, although the local authority is looking at plans to create one and their job will be made easier by the fact there are already paths and tracks in place for much of the way. Read more…

The Mermaid’s Secret Lair

The Spar Cave on the Isle of Skye is a truly wondrous place. In the 19th century it was a fashionable destination for well-to-do Victorian trippers, drawn north to the wild and rugged Strathaird peninsula by Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lord of the Isles in which he wrote of a mermaid bathing in a pool concealed deep within the enchanted cell. Read more…

Walking the Minigaig Road

Scotland’s network of long distance trails has been expanding over recent years, the Great Glen Way and Rob Roy Way joining well established routes like the West Highland Way and Southern Upland Way. All attract thousands of walkers a year. But if you’re looking to wander far from the crowds, search out the country’s forgotten network of old highways and byways.  Read more…

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Newest posts include Walking the Minigaig Road – A two-day backpacking trip from Blair Atholl to Kingussie; The Mermaid’s Secret Lair – Exploring the Spar Cave on the Isle of Skye; Camping high on Ben Starav – A two-day hike over five Munros with a high level camp; Perfect Pitches – Ten of my favourite wild camping sites in Scotland; and Wild Camping – Ten top tips to help you get the most out of your wild camping experience. More to come soon so please read and comment…