8th October 2016

Things to see and do in Quito

Sprawled across the vast plateau at 2850m, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world (after La Paz, the capital of Bolivia) and the closest one to the equator. When travelling to Ecuador, it is virtually impossible to bypass the city – not only because Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport receives the vast majority of flights from Europe and North America, but also because it is a major transport hub for those travelling to elsewhere in Ecuador and to […]
2nd October 2016

Two weeks in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest

Just half an hour by plane from the Ecuadorian capital, the oil town of Coca (known also as Puerto Francisco de Orellana) seems like worlds apart. It’s located in a swathe of cleared land right in the middle of the rainforest and the climate is completely different – after the cool and mild temperatures in Quito, I’m welcomed by air that is saturated with moisture and almost unbearably hot. Our group spends one night in Coca, getting the food supplies […]
9th August 2016

High life beside the seaside – Culzean Castle

What to do when the weather is so bad that you shudder at a sheer thought of sticking your nose out of the doors? Visiting castles is one of the options, and if there’s one place on Earth that has no shortage of castles, it’s Scotland. So on a gloomy Sunday that doesn’t resemble July even remotely we decide to visit Culzean Castle – for no specific reason, simply because it’s there and it’s a castle. Culzean Castle Perched on […]
6th July 2016

Part two of the Big Shepherd – Stob na Broige from Glen Etive

Glen Etive is one of our favourite locations in Scotland and we always return there with great pleasure. This beautiful glen, one of the finest in Scotland, is guarded by two Munro peaks, Buachaille Etive Mor (aka The Big Shepherd) and Buachaille Etive Beag (aka The Little Shepherd). One can find here all the most loved things that Scotland has to offer: hills, loch, river, streams, deer, birds… and midges – how could I forget about the midges? This time […]
7th June 2016

The Mamores revisited – one day, three summits

Back in March 2015 we visited the Kinlochleven area, with a plan to climb Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean, two of ten hills forming the Mamores range. It was a glorious day, but we soon realised that our plan was a bit too ambitious considering the substantial snow cover. Ultimately we changed our plan and climbed Sgurr Eilde Mor instead – you can read about this hike here. A bit over a year later, we decide to revisit the area, […]
20th May 2016
Argyll's Secret Coast - Abandoned Polphail village

Exploring Argyll’s Secret Coast

As much as we love hillwalking and mountaineering in Scotland, there’s much more to this country than just the hills. Looking for a change of scenery, we decided to spend a sunny Saturday on Cowal Peninsula. Tucked between Loch Fyne and Loch Long, Cowal lies just about an hour drive from Glasgow; yet with its rugged landscapes, beautiful coastline, breath-taking lochs and rich wildlife, it seems to be miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. We […]
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