Corstorphine Hill to Cramond Island with Glasgow HF

The causeway with the tide in. The path is fully submerged to the left of the concrete blocks.

For once I was early, waiting in the rain outside Edinburgh Zoo for the Citylink bus from Glasgow to drop off John Barrowman and his merry band. It was good to see some of the old faces and catch up as we headed up over Corstorphine Hill, skirting the back of the Zoo, passing the rather well hidden Corstorphine Hill Tower before descending to Davidson’s Mains, and a breather in the park…

Full Walk Report: Corstorphine Hill to Cramond Island with Glasgow HF

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Sunset Over Rothesay

Sunset, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

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Who Dares Wins

Winged Dagger Logo

I was on holiday recently at Garve, in Wester Ross. It wasn’t a walking holiday as such, I was on a coach tour visiting Inverness, Skye and Dornoch, but I did manage a few short strolls near the village. One walk led me to what is marked on the OS map as Strathgarve Lodge (although Google Maps shows Strathgarve Lodge as being around 1.5km NW), grid reference NH 405 613. Following the path to Loch Garve I noticed that a few of the access gates had the SAS “winged dagger” logo on them. I was intrigued by them as normally ex SAS are shy, retiring types who don’t court publicity. Google searches haven’t revealed anything, so if anyone out there knows the background to these I’d be interested to hear it.

Leave your replies at the southern corner of the boathouse at Hereford…

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West Highland Way: Inversnaid to Ardleish

Come back, I’ve left ma pieces!

The camping ban in Loch Lomond was something else to contend with- I refuse to pay to camp out of principle, so I decided that much of Loch Lomond was out- until I stumbled on a solution: boats.

There’s a ferry from Tarbet on west Loch Lomondside to Inversnaid on the east side, cleverly bypassing the area at the south of the loch which falls within the camping ban area and dropping you bang on the West Highland Way, around four miles south of Doune Bothy.

Full Trip Report: West Highland Way: Inversnaid to Ardleish

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It’s a Small World Right Enough

Edinburgh to Airdrie on Runkeeper.

Having moved to Edinburgh earlier this year I’ve not been cycling to the same extent I was before. I was regularly cycling part of my commute from Plains to Bathgate or occasionally to Uphall or Edinburgh itself. I’ve found that while Edinburgh has a lot of cycle provisions (especially off road cyclepaths) it isn’t conducive to a long unimpeded run on the bike. The road from Drumgelloch to Armadale is; around 12 or 13 miles with no junctions to give way at and no traffic signals to stop for. So, with my troublesome knee having been quiet for a few days I set off from Edinburgh late yesterday morning, Airdrie bound. I was averaging just under 5 minutes a mile in the confines of Edinburgh, and it wasn’t until I was clear of Bathgate that my times started to improve.

Walking from the Blackhill Transmitter to Mid Bracco

As I passed the Owl and Trout at Hillend a group of hillwalkers came on to the roadside and I drew to a juddering halt as I recognised David Dunn and his wife who had both joined me last year on a walk as part of the North Lanarkshire Walking Festival. They were out with Monklands Ramblers carrying out the same walk from Salsburgh to Caldercruix– and had just been talking about me to the rest of the group! It was a strange coincidence to meet up here at exactly the same time. A few minutes earlier or later and we’d never have met up!

We said our goodbyes, the Ramblers heading in to Caldercruix for the bus back to Airdrie, while I set off on the bike for the last few miles to the town. Tired as I was I think I may just have got there first…

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Camp Sonic Alu Walking Poles

I was in Italy recently and having had a fair bit of knee strain decided against talking any walking gear, but when I got there things kind of eased off and felt up for a few light rambles. I was in the town of Tirano, on the Italian/Swiss border, and happened upon an outdoors shop there and thought I’d pick up a cheap pair of poles. In the end I found myself leaving with a pair of Camp Sonic Alu walking poles, and very pleased I was with them too.

Full Review Here: Camp Sonic Alu Walking Poles

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Right Of Way SM10 (Plains): Improved Access

Looking north up the path

Some time back I wrote that Right of Way SM10 (Ballochney Road to Jarvie Avenue) was in the process of being upgraded after being threatened with closure due to vandalism. The path was further threatened by a sinkhole which appeared at the end of Moffat View. I visited the path recently and found that access there has been significantly improved, with the section from Moffat View now properly surfaced, and a new access installed onto Killearn Crescent. Far from becoming an eyesore, this has actually become an asset to the community and has allowed quicker and easier access to the village from the new housing development.

New access at Killearn Crescent

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