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Since getting back from the TGO Challenge in May, I’ve had a couple of weeks of family holiday, sorted out my allotment and spent stupid amounts of time (between showers) painting the exterior of my house. I haven’t been any higher than the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and have been feeling the need […]

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It is now 2 weeks since I got back from the 2015 TGO Challenge, when I walked from Lochailort to Stonehaven. I blogged about my route when I planned it and, more or less, stuck to the planned route. I didn’t do a hill on Day 3 as it was chucking it down so I […]

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Today, the Scottish Government approved the construction of a 67 turbine windfarm at Stronelarig in the Monadliaths.  This is what I wrote to Fergus Ewing about this. —————————————————————————————————————— Mr Fergus Ewing, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Dear Mr Ewing, I am writing to you to express my dismay at your recent decision to approve the construction […]

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The first of (I hope) a set of blog posts on my 2014 TGO Challenge coast to coast walk across Scotland. Last year, I wanted to revisit Knoydart, Glen Roy and Glen Feshie; this year its Maol Bhuide and Strathfarrer, the Monadliath hills and the Angus glens. Fundamentally, any route across the Highlands falls into […]

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I had a couple of hours free around Braemar last week – not enough time to head for the Cairngorms but it was too hot to do any serious hills anyway. So I strolled up Creag Choinnich – a wee hill that overlooks the village.  I’ve been in Braemar countless times but had never been […]

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Unfortunately, yesterday’s sunshine didn’t continue and it was misty as I set off this morning. The bit up to the plateau was easy on an estate road with views down Glen Muick. The mist was still down as I came to the end of the road to be faced with a featureless landscape. I’d never […]

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I had expected the worst after yesterday’s rain but the weather was cloudy and misty rather than wet when I left my B & B on Sunday morning. I decided to take my FWA rather than go over Lochnagar – I’ve been up there several times – so I headed out on the path to […]

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This was planned as my rest day – 4 miles from Mar Lodge then the rest of the day in the fleshpots of Braemar. The weather forecast was not great so I left quite early in the hope of missing the rain.  After walking through the grounds, you cross the Dee on the so-called Victoria […]

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Another good day. I woke up to cloud but the weather looked set to improve as I set off – as ever, I was not early and a few Challengers had already passed me although they had stayed at the bothy or camped further down the glen. The upper part of the Glen is not […]

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This was a fabulous day. After two long days I decided I would take it easy – not rush off in the morning, walk a bit more slowly than my normal pace (which I discovered is a bit faster than most Challengers), spend time talking to people and stop when I felt like it rather […]

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