Hillwalking through the forest

On trawling through the news headlines this morning one in particular struck me. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has penned a letter to the Scottish environment minister expressing concerns that “Scotland’s dramatic open views and vistas could be threatened... read the full article

A slice of the Arctic

The high plateau of the Cairngorms is often called a true Arctic environment, right here in Scotland. Having been to the Arctic a number of times, to Lapland and Svalbard, I can testify that the Cairngorm plateau, aside from... read the full article

An autumn ridge walk – in praise of the bivi

The notion of sleeping rough in the wild with no tent, for fun, baffles a lot of people when I try to explain it to them. I usually describe my bivi bag as something akin to a body bag.... read the full article

Sarek – a wilderness trek

We had been waiting on the deserted jetty all morning when a little Sami man walked slowly by, bent in back and with a pointed grey beard. He told us he was a wizard and he and his wife – a... read the full article

Hill time, bothy time

Cul Mor from Stac Pollaidh

Cul Mor from Stac Pollaidh

I was in contemplative mood as I drove north to the wonderful wild mountains of Assynt and Coigach. Life had been running at full speed for me in recent years: a new career, children, new... read the full article

A Night with the Trolls


My tent at the summit of Hallival, Isle of Rum

For over ten years I’ve lived within a gale-flung stone’s throw of the Isle of Rum. I’ve been there many times for many reasons: to traverse Rum’s Cuillin ridge, to... read the full article