Walks in Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, May 30 2012.

A month ago Lesley and I travelled to England and Wales for a week’s holiday. During the trip we went on two great walks in upland areas. The first was in Snowdonia National Park. We started at the village of Beddgelert where we were staying in a B&B and walked east out of the village… Read more »

Big Black Mountains Challenge

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, June 6 2011.

Three weeks ago I travelled to South Wales to take part in the Big Black Mountains Challenge. This is an annual long-distance mountain walk organised by the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team. I had never been to South Wales before, so walking in this part of the Brecon Beacons National Park was a new experience for… Read more »

Skye (2)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, May 11 2011.

Last week Lesley and I travelled to Skye to spend a week in a holiday cottage in Fiskavaig. The weather for the first 5 days of the trip was absolutely perfect, allowing us to have a couple of barbecues in the evening with the added bonus of there being no midgies this early in the… Read more »

Black Isle cycle trip

Posted by & filed under Travel, July 16 2010.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I undertook a 100km cycle trip around the Black Isle in Easter Ross with Kate. The route was mostly on quiet country roads, some of which formed part of NCN 1. We started at Inverness train station and our route on the first day took us over the… Read more »

Western Isles

Posted by & filed under Travel, May 31 2010.

Two weeks ago, Lesley and I went on a trip to the Western Isles, travelling the entire length of the Islands from north to south. Highlights of the trip included the standing stones at Calanais on Lewis, eating at the Gallan Head restaurant (a converted building on an ex-RAF base), the mountains and beaches of… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, April 20 2010.

Last week I travelled to Wales for a short hillwalking holiday in Snowdonia. On Friday I walked up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at a height of 1085m (and the highest mountain in the British Isles outside Scotland) with a couple of friends, Kate and Martin.

Siccar Point

Posted by & filed under Science, Travel, April 13 2010.

On Sunday Lesley and I travelled to Siccar Point, on the coast to the east of Edinburgh, not far from the border with England in the Scottish Borders region.

Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Morar, Moidart & Ardnamurchan

Posted by & filed under Travel, November 26 2009.

A couple of weekends ago Lesley and I travelled to Arisaig, on the west coast. On the way there we stopped at a couple of places associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie – Glenfinnan and the site on the Sound of Arisaig where he embarked from mainland Scotland after the battle of Culloden.

New York

Posted by & filed under Travel, October 9 2009.

A week ago Lesley and I were in New York for a 6-day holiday. We did all the usual tourist things, like visiting the Empire State Building (sensational views from the observatory at the top on a perfectly clear early morning), and we did lots of other things like walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, visit… Read more »

Andalucia, Spain

Posted by & filed under Travel, July 3 2009.

Last week Lesley and I went on holiday to Andalucia in Spain. We rented attico rooms in a villa in the mountains north of Mlaga, near Lake Viuela. The location of the villa was fantastic, perched on a ridge with amazing views of the surrounding mountains (particularly 2066m La Maroma). We spent most of the… Read more »