South of France

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Lesley and I have just returned from a week’s holiday in the South of France, to Roussillon (the Catalan region of France). We flew from Edinburgh to Toulouse with Jet2, who are a budget airline but the flight was fine.

Letterewe – a remote wilderness?

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Last week I went on a 2-day expedition into Letterewe (also known as Fisherfield). This area of Wester Ross in north-west Scotland is one of the most wild and remote areas of the Highlands and it contains 6 munro summits. These munro summits are considered to be amongst the most remote and inaccessible of any…. Read more »

Ben Wyvis

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Two weeks ago I walked up Ben Wyvis near Inverness with Lee, an old friend from school. We had a fantastic warm day for it, with perfectly blue skies. The top of Ben Wyvis is a long, broad and grassy ridge that makes for great walking. With the clear air we had that day it… Read more »

Glen Feshie

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Yesterday I went for a long trip (about 36km round-trip) along the length of Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms. From Tolvah I cycled along the good tarmac road to Carnachuin (great views of Carn Ban Mor and Coire Garbhlach), crossed a bridge over the river Feshie (which looks like it might fall down very soon),… Read more »

Easter Ross

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Last weekend Lesley and I went to Strathpeffer in Easter Ross, staying at the Ben Wyvis Hotel (which I can’t really recommend; it’s large, spooky, very old-fashioned and reminds me of the hotel in The Shining). You can see Ben Wyvis from the hotel, but the view from our room was of another wall of… Read more »

Glen Shiel

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I spent last weekend walking in Glen Shiel and did 4 Munro summits; Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Carn Ghlusaid on the Saturday and Creag a’Mhaim and Druim Shionnach on the Sunday. The latter are at the eastern end of the South Glen Shiel ridge which I walked on previously in 1996, but inexplicably I missed… Read more »

Stupendous winter day on Ben Vrackie

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On Saturday last weekend I walked to the 841m summit of Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry. It was a perfect winter day for hillwaking with still air and crisp clear skies. The temperature was -6C at my car as I started the walk, and there was snow all the way, deepening considerably as I got higher… Read more »

Two important books about the power of the Internet

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I’ve just finished reading two interesting books about the modern Internet and where it’s going. They are: ‘The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand’ by Chris Anderson ‘Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything’ by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams