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Category Archive for 'Edinburgh/Borders'

Aimless city wandering

When I get out and about, my first preference is to get to the hills. Unfortunately, family circumstances mean that I can’t get there nearly as often as I’d like so I spend more time daunering in the lowlands rather than the highlands. So, city walking is not my first preference but it has its […]

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Visiting family in Edinburgh last weekend, Saturday dawned misty and gloomy. My wife and daughters decided to have what they call an ‘Edinburgh Saturday’, which consists of a leisurely lunch, a couple of hours of shopping then cocktails somewhere. I am not at all welcome (thankfully) at such gatherings so I decided that, in spite […]

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Sunny weekends in November in Scotland are a bit like hens’ teeth and I thought that I was pretty lucky to have such good weather on my last outing to the hills in Wester Ross. I didn’t expect to have another this month.   Storms Abigail and Barney suggested that the usual November weather pattern had […]

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Pentland pics

We went to Edinburgh last weekend with the intention of taking in some Festival Fringe shows. But the weather was far too good to sit in a dark theatre so I took myself to the Pentlands – wee hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh. I only had a couple of hours but wandered from the […]

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My resolve to do a day a week TGOC training  was weakened today when I saw the weather – chucking it down. But I had arranged my old pal, Border’s chiel, woodcarver Ian (he carved his own spork). I had been in Edinburgh for work so we arranged to meet at the Hillend car park. […]

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I said I’d do it and I did. Today, I got started on a training walk for TGOC-14. This was in an unlikely location -Scotland’s capital. We were in Edinburgh for my daughter’s birthday and I didn’t have the option of a day in the north. I didn’t have any work today that had to […]

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In Edinburgh for a few days for work and some Edinburgh Festival stuff. Too much kulture is a bit overwhelming though so I fancied a day out in the hills. Knowing very little about the Borders hills, I contacted my old pal and Borders dweller Woodcarver Ian (toilet seats a speciality) for suggestions. As always […]

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7 Pentland Hills

Our plans today were to head home from Edinburgh but my wife decided that she’s like to go with our daughter to the Ideal Home Show in Glasgow. This did not appeal to me one bit so I had a free day for a wee dauner in the Pentlands. I decided that, to reflect my […]

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It is not really clear how many hills there are in Edinburgh but it is a hilly city, as all cyclists will know. But the best known 7 hills are (in alphabetic order) Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill, Braid Hills, Calton Hill, Castle Hill, Corstorphine Hill and Craiglockart Hill. There is an annual race around these and […]

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