A Braw Wind Is Blowing: Windfarms Rejected by Scottish Government

While much of the country falls under the shadow of wind turbines, there have been a few good news stories of late. Yesterday it was reported that Energy Minister Fergus Ewing had refused consent for a 22 turbine windfarm at Sallachy and Duchally, as well as refusing consent for a 23 turbine windfarm at Glencassley near Lairg.


This follows on the decision a few weeks back to refuse consent for the Talladh-a-Bheithe windfarm near Rannoch.


While most of the applications which fringe urban areas go ahead the creation of the Wild land map by Scotish Natural Heritage has gone some way to help protect what remains of our wild land which would otherwise be viewed as a different kind of natural asset by developers: a purely financial one.


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Right of Way from Forrestfield Road to Blackridge obstructed by new fence

Right of Way blocked, route description updated : SM23 (&LW105) Forrestfield Road to Blackridge

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Altura Night Vision Evo Cycling Jacket

Altura Night Vision Evo- Not robust enough?

Altura Night Vision Evo- Not robust enough?

Full review: Altura Night Vision Evo Cycling Jacket

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Cycling and Road Safety

Letter published in The National, 22/10/15

Letter to The National

Letter to The National

Dear Sir, 

Sustrans research (Poll Finds Demand For Rise In Bike Fund, 21/10/15) which shows that people across the UK believe that more money should be invested in safer cycling is to be welcomed. An expansion of the limited amount of on road cycle lanes would be a good start, but simply throwing money at the creation of physical infrastructure is not the only answer. Changes in road traffic laws and a focus on education are required and this should be done sooner rather than later. Like many people I am a car driver, a cyclist and a pedestrian. I regularly see bad driving, bad cycling and pedestrians putting themselves in dangerous situations while on the road. No one group of road users can claim the moral high ground, and to do so usually leads to pointless argument rather than sensible debate. As cyclists there are many things that we as individuals can do to try to ensure that we are as visible as possible on the roads. Riding sensibly wearing bright reflective clothing and decent lights do help, but having done all that we have to consider other factors outwith our control. Most car drivers are considerate but there are those who pass cyclists and pedestrians at great speed and with very little clearance. Serious consideration must be given to a the creation of a “rolling speed limit” of, for discussions sake, 30 miles per hour around cyclists or people walking on roads with no pavements. On roads with higher speed limits if a vehicle driver could not give a whole two metres of clearance to a cyclist or pedestrian then they should reduce their speed to the rolling speed limit while passing until they are clear of them. As a regular walker and cyclist I can testify that being passed by a vehicle hammering along a country road at 60mph is extremely unpleasant and completely unnecessary. We need to educate people that 60mph on a country road is a limit, not a target. Creating a safe space around vulnerable road users would be a good start.

Yours Sincerely, 

James Cassidy

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It’s Grim Up North (Down South): Ingleborough

Source: It’s Grim Up North (Down South): Ingleborough

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Don’t Fence Me In…

Hillend Childrens Walk

Cycling past Hillend Reservoir today I was heartened and impressed by the columns of children being taken out on an organised ramble along the cycle path. Route 75 is a fantastic asset, especially since it has been upgraded, and it’s well used by people of all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users.

The kids appeared to be having a great time, waving at the trains as they passed and enjoying fresh air and for a change, a fine spell of weather. Routes such as the cycle path are ideal for school outings as they allow a fair clean and controlled method of accessing the countryside. Not completely wild, but not completely sanitised either, although it’s always a concern that by creating boundaries and limits that people become conditioned to stay within them. Over the fence becomes a mental no-go area.

On the other hand the great thing about these paths is that along the route there are no barriers: no fences to climb, no stiles to negotiate, no barbed wire obstacles to block their way. Yet go off route and take to the open land to which the law guarantees our access, and for children and those adults with even minor mobility problems, it’s a whole different story, with blocked paths, keep out signs and barbed or electrified wire.

This is the remit of the local authority access officer and to an extent the local access forum. I’ve applied to rejoin the forum as a representative of local walkers and cyclists interests and I hope the fresh start it is undergoing may signal a change in its workings. I’d love to see the barriers removed from our local countryside so that many more people can enjoy the right to roam not just on narrow pathways, but across woodlands, hills and moors as well.

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Crivit Inflatable Kayak- Instructions

The most visits this site gets often seems to be the Crivit Inflatable Kayak. Often people are searching for the instruction manual or the inflation guide. I’ve scanned it in (English only) as well as the inflation guide. The guide is 10cm long and the grey section measures 5mm. Happy paddling!

Source: Crivit Inflatable Kayak- Instructions

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