3 Trips Thursday #9

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3 Trips Thursday

All Scotland this week, east, west and the near enough the middle and unashamedly so. Settle down and get yourself comfortable. Enjoy.

The Links

  1. Starting off with an early rise and Davy ‘carry everything and the kitchen sink’ Wright walking up Ben More at Crianlarich. Some right good views on this walk if the tops are clear. Ben More and Stob Binnein.
  2. Now for the west coast and the north west Highlands as Martin bases himself at Plockton for some fine walks and views. Six Nights in Plockton.

  3. Lastly Cameron McNeish takes us through the Angus glens over on the eastern side of Scotland. Jock’s Road and the Tolmounth get mention along with all the other notable places in that area of the Grampians. A very special place indeed. A very special place, the Angus Glens.

You know the drill. Feedback, comments, suggestions in the box below.  Maybe even your favourite walks in Scotland or a link to one somewhere else. In fact it does have to Scotland. All places are welcome.

See you next week for another installment of 3 Trips Thursday.

3 Trips Thursday #8

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3 Trips Thursday

Eight weeks in and another fun-filled bag of outdoorsness for 3 Trips Thursday. In this weeks rucksack I’ve packed a lot of paddling, round the coast, up rivers and along lochs. Don’t be fooled there’s plenty of hills as well and some camping. Get the tea and biscuits ready and dive on in.

The Links

  1. First off is an absolute epic from David Hine on his Grid North blog. The post is a couple years old read but no less of a much read. West Coast Stravaiging – A Packrafting Trek Through Scotland.
  2. Next is a day paddle round the Summer Isles in some beautiful September weather from A Paddle in my Pack. The inner Hebrides always look special in good weather. Kayaking the last of the Summer Isles.

  3. Lastly it’s over to America for some more packrafting. This time a journey down the Minam River in Oregon. Rafting and camping appeals to the huckleberry Finn in me. Minam River Round 2.

I suppose I best get selecting next week’s links but in the meantime please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion or feedback in the box below. All are welcome. See you next week and thanks for reading.

3 Trips Thursday #7

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3 Trips Thursday

Back for another episode of 3 Trips Thursday and this week is another belter if I do say so myself. This week’s links include a quick hill fix after work, grabbing a few Scottish hills with a hostel stay and walk in the Roan Highlands over in a America.

The Links

  1. Couple of cracking ‘wee’ Scots hills and a stay at a hostel in a National Nature reserve from Grahame. Coire Ardair Creag Meagaidh.
  2. I can’t really pinpoint what it is about this one I find so inspiring. I think it my be the sheer variety, from the terrain and also the camping. It’s good read anyway from Stick’s Blog, Roan Highlands.

  3. I really like this one from Cumbrian Blondie because it shows you don’t need to wait to the weekend to get out you can grab a quick hill fix after the 9 to 5. Plus her blog has some cracking recipes if fancy a good feed too! After work wander up Bessy Boot.

And that concludes this weeks 3 Trips Thursday. As always leave your questions, comments, feedback in the box below.

3 Trips Thursday #6

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3 Trips Thursday

Another 3 Trips Thursday for your Thursday afternoon so grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and dive on in. Get clicking. Hopefully some inspiration for you as the nights start to draw in. This week’s links include a walk through the Monadhliath Mountains, a medieval road and outdoor holiday with kids.

The Links

  1. The first link for this week is an absolute cracker in my opinion. It’s from the other week and well worth some link love. Getting the kids out during the summer holidays. Campfires, Fossils and Forests.
  2. This one is off the Heritage Paths website and is more of a route description than a blog or inspirational photographs. I love walking old roads and tracks that are seldom used and this one is on my really long to do list. The Girthgate was a medieval road running through the Lothians and Borders. The website is a great wee resource full of routes.

  3. The last link for this week is a 3 parter. A great recounting of a wander through the Monadhliath from Robin.  Proper wild country that. Mondhaliath Meander; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

A bit of a bonus to end on this week with a couple of extra links. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions in the box below. All feedback is welcome. Please do come back for more next week.

3 Trips Thursday #5

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3 Trips Thursday

Back again with another 3 Trips Thursday and another dip into the Evernote archive. I’m starting to lose track of what links I’ve shared so I need to come up with a system for that. Don’t want to bore you guys with repeats.

This week it’s a massive hike through in America for something far-flung and a couple of closer to home Scottish trips for the other two links. Hopefully you’ll find one of them to your liking and maybe even inspiring.

The Links

  1. Tramplite’s Travels – Pacific Crest Trail Hike 4184km of greatness. Brilliant account of the PCT. Colin is currently on a 1113km Arctic Circle hike so hopefully another good post to look forward to when he gets back.
  2. Martin Rye’s post, Aviemore to Blair Atholl route 3 is great looking walk over some really beautiful and remote country. One that I’ve added to my really long to do list.

  3. The Black Dog vs the Dalai Lama over on the scottishmountaineer.com is such a great over night camp and the photos that my friend Michael takes are such top drawer. Go have look, you won’t be disappointed.

And on that note that’s us done for another week. Exit. Stage. Left. Feel free to leave some words in the box below. Let me know what you think of the links. Until next week…

3 Trips Thursday #4

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3 Trips Thursday

Something a little bit different for week 4 of 3 Trips Thursday. Not blogs per say. Two flickr photo streams and a photography blog or a landscape photographer hill walker that blogs a bit would be more accurate. There’s some absolutely outstanding images on that site. The two photo streams because both of them don’t have a blog or one that I could but they’re still worth a share as the photographs are just as inspiring.

The Links

  1. http://www.stewartsmithphotography.co.uk/ The boy Stewart knows how to take a photo or two in the outdoors. If you read any of the usual outdoor publications then you’ve probably seen his work. Top notch. Go have a look and be inspired.
  2. Richard Flint aka @FlintyRich on twitter has his photographs here https://www.flickr.com/people/richardflint/ Loads of pointy stuff and beautiful snow-covered hills to get you in the mood for winter walking.

  3. Hugh Spicer, you can find his photographs at https://www.flickr.com/photos/hughspicer/ Islands, ferries, hills and lochs mostly on the west coast of Scotland. Makes me want to pop over to CalMac and get an island hoping ticket.

There we have it a full on outdoors photographic odyssey for the 4th edition of 3 Trips Thursday. The usual applies, if you have something to say leave it in the box below. All feedback is more than welcome.

3 Trips Thursday #3

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3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday back for another week of link sharing love. Bikes, islands and keeping it local for this weeks trips.

The Links

  1. This post from Keith Foskett really struck a chord but more on that in another post. Have a read then give it a go. Walking in Circles – A Trail around your Town.
  2. The second link this week takes us on a cracking bike packing trip in the Highlands. Short Sleeves and Storm Clouds.

  3. For the last link I’ll go back to Writes of Way for some island hoping. This time to Scarba on the west coast of Scotland. Between the Grey Dog and Breacan’s Cauldron. 

And that’s another week done. Time flies when you’re having fun. As usual comments and feedback in the box below are more than welcome.

See you next week.

3 Trips Thursday #2

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 3 Trips Thursday

It’s that time of the week. 3 Trips Thursday  #2, another set of 3 random links from my Evernote archive for you peruse at your leisure and hopefully enjoy. A varied bag. The Borders, Galloway and some european flavour from Sweden.

The Links

  1. I’ll start with the european flavour. This one is a fairly recent one from the other week over at Backpacking North. It’s been doing the rounds but that’s no reason not to share it some more, Views from Sarek. It’s full of beautifull photographs of a stunning landscape.
  2. Hiking, biking and a bothy in the wilds of Galloway. What’s not to like? Galloway Forest Park.White Laggan.Millfore. I really love the Galloway hills and Millfore is one of the best. Great views over the Galloway Forest if you ever get the chance to walk up it on a clear day.

  3. The last link for this week is one of my new favourite hills, if you can ignore the turbines. Luckily or unluckily I’ve still to climb it in good weather so the turbines haven’t been an issue, yet. Reading this last year got me in the car and down the short distance for my new home to here for the first time. My route was different but still a great walk. A weekend in the Borders seeking Donald and Graham (but finding turbines).

As always let me know what you think in the comments below , or if you have a link of your own to share leave it there too. Alternatively use the share buttons and let your friends know.

See you next week.

3 Trips Thursday #1

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The Premise of 3 Trips Thursday

I’m going to try something new here. Well new for this blog. I’m going to share links every Thursday to 3 walks, 3 Trips Thursday as I shall call it, hikes and trips that have peaked my interest, whetted my appetite or fired my imagination. All going well that will be 52 weeks of goodness and 156 bits of link back love.

They maybe new, they maybe old or you may even have seen them shared elsewhere before. Hopefully it will get me inspired to write-up my own trip reports again but more importantly is that you will get inspire to go outdoors or even write about your experiences.

The Links

  1. This trip has been a recent favourite, Summer on Airstrip One over at Writes of Way. It’s a report of a week spent on Jura. A place that’s on my massive to do list.
  2. This one is a relative old one but still a good walk up a great wee hill that has a great view over some of my favourite places. This one is courtesy of Neil’s Hillwalking Exploits and it’s Nutberry Hill.

  3. The final link for this week comes from Nick Bramhall’s blog which is full of great trips but this one really stuck out for me recently. The photographs are great so don’t hang about go read Mona Gowan and Morven and feast your eyes on the photographs.

There you go. The first 3 trips shared.  Hopefully you found it all good. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Maybe even share a trip report and if it hits the right spot with me it’ll get included in one of the next posts. In the meantime have fun and there will be more links next week. Same place, same time.

The Liebster Award – Pay it forward


The Liebster Award.

I must thank Michael Thomson of Scottish Mountaineer fame for the nomination. Up until very recently I had never heard of the Liebster Award. Then a few days a go it started appearing in my Facebook and Twitter timelines as well as my RSS feeds. All very good and interesting posts by those that took part. Not once thinking it would ever come my way. Especially since the blog has been a bit quiet for awhile. Not to say I’m not out and about. Finding time to write them up is the problem but here I am so without further ado I’ll get to answering Michael’s questions.

The questions:

1. What was it that first got you into outdoor activities?

My family; mostly my parents, we would always go walks all over the place. Growing up in the countryside helps as well. I was no more than 5 minutes from hills, woods, rivers, fields. I enjoyed exploring and was given a lot of freedom to roam, get dirty, wet wading burns, drink water from puddles, building howffs, fishing and the like when I was younger.

2. You’re on a multi-day backpacking trip. Which luxury item do you take?

Beer or IRN-BRU

3. What’s the most physically challenging trip you’ve ever undertaken?

They generally all are as my fitness levels are shocking….

4. Lager or real ale?

Both, can I have both? Please? I’m a card carrying CAMRA member and like a good pint of beer, Arran Ale being a particular favourite. However and ice cold bottle of Miller Draft is always a winner. I’m pretty sure my CAMRA membership card just went up in flames there….

5. What’s the best thing about camping?

Sleeping under the stars.

6. What’s the worst thing about camping?

Picking the ideal spot.

7. What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

You don’t have to wear big heavy boots and carry everything including the kitchen sink.

8. What’s the oldest piece of gear you have? Do you still use it?

It’s a tin cup that I recieved as a present along with a tin plate and knife, spoon and fork kit. Yes I still use it.

9. Headphones on the hill, yes or no? If yes, what’s playing?

On the hill, no. In the tent yes. What’s playing, could be anything my musical tastes are eclectic to say the least. Rock, soul, house, techno and everything in between. iTunes on shuffle is always fun.

10. If you could only climb one mountain, which one would it be?

Don’t think I could pick one. One with a good view?

11. When will be your next big outing?

I don’t do big being a short arse but as is often said the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft agley.

My questions:

1. Where do you spend most of your time outdoors?

2. Favourite hill?

3. Favourite spot to camp?

4. Any burning desires?

5. Favourite tipple?

6. Favourite song, poem or book?

7. Compact camera or dSLR?

8. Funniest thing you’ve seen outdoors?

9. What inspires you to get outdoors?

10. Outdoor hero or heroine? 

11. Best joke?

My nominations.

I’m only going to do five nominations. The minimum according to the rules but also in the hope that I’m not duplicating anyone and multi-nominating them.

Helen @Gauperoar- Helen’s Wondering Wanderings,
Stewart @stewyphoto - Stewart Smith Photography,
Chris @PilgrimChris - pilgrimchris.com,
Phil @Daylightgambler - pilsorrell.com,
Lady P @CumbrianBlondie - Adventures of Cumbrian Blondie

The Rules

As you see some of the rules have been bent a bit but not much.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

  7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)