15th March 2016

Beinn Ghlas – The Green Hill in white

Our plan for the last weekend of February was to walk up Meall Buidhe in Glen Lyon, one of the smallest Munro’s with just a couple of hundreds of meters of ascent – a perfect hill for a short winter’s day. We attempted to do this last winter, but the road from Killin to Glen Lyon was covered in black ice and we had to retreat. There’s an alternative approach to Glen Lyon from Fortingall, but this requires a long […]
25th February 2016

Snowy Ben Ledi on Valentine’s Day

What’s the best thing to do on Valentine’s Day? Roses, red wine and romantic dinner? Nah, it’s boring… How about gaiters, tea from the flask and walk up the hill instead? That was our choice for this year’s Valentine’s Day and we were lucky to have a very optimistic weather forecast for Sunday after a rather dreary day on Saturday. With plenty of snowfall on the highest peaks and considerable avalanche risk, we quickly revise our plan to climb Stob […]
16th February 2016

Beinn Dubhchraig – The hill of the black crag

Our winter hillwalking trips usually start in November, as soon as fresh snow covers the tops of Scottish hills. Not this winter though… The end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 were very hectic for us and the terrible weather (by far the worst winter weather we’ve experienced in our 10 years in Scotland) didn’t encourage outdoor pursuits. Luckily on the last day of January we managed to find some free time, which coincided nicely with a weather window […]
7th February 2016
Ponta de São Lourenço - view towards the main part of the island

Magical Madeira (part 4)

The morning of our last day on Madeira wakes us up with the sound of rain tapping on the terrace door. Low, dark clouds are rolling inland from where yesterday was the ocean, covering higher lying parts of Quinta Grande. Luckily by the time we finish our breakfast and are ready to leave the guesthouse it stops raining, though it stays rather dark. Our plan for today is to visit the famous farmers’ market in Funchal and have a little […]
5th January 2016

Magical Madeira (part 3)

This morning we rise before the sun – according to the information we found on the web, the weather in the mountains of Madeira tends to be nice in the morning and deteriorate throughout the day, and we want to make the most of the views. Quick breakfast of some lovely French toast prepared by our host and we’re on the road just as the sun starts rising. There are several routes up Pico Ruivo, which at 1861m is the […]
29th December 2015

Magical Madeira (part 2)

This morning our usual breakfast of bread and pastries is supplemented with custard apple (“anona” in Portuguese). It comes straight from Dominic’s farm and today is the harvest day. It is our first encounter with this fruit, which is sweet, fragrant and very exotic. After the breakfast we pack our bags, say our goodbyes and drive east for our first levada walk. Levadas are irrigation channels, built to bring water from the rainy northwest of the island to the more […]
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