Camping in Glen Mark

IMG_7292After years of sterling service my trusty Phoenix Phlighter backpacking tent has finally given up the ghost. Patched and re-patched (there are patches over the patches!), the time had come to accept that retiral was long overdue. So, with the Phoenix put out to pasture and unlikely to rise from its ashes, I scouted about for a replacement. I wanted something inexpensive to tide me over the summer and opted to give the Hi Gear Soloista a go. At just £19.99 from Go Outdoors it made but a small dent in my gear budget. Read more…

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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…