A return to Buachaille Etive Mor and Stob Dearg

Buachaille Etive Mor hike scramble Scotland

I first walked up this great mountain in 2012. This time it was as part of a long weekend in Glen Coe and around to the north side of Ben Nevis.

Buachaille Etive Mor was ascended by the guys I was with in two ways. Four of us went up a curving ridge (called, I think, the Curved Ridge) and the other two of us (me as part of that) up the path that ascends Coire Na Tulaich.

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Mountains and moments – a Glen Coe trip

Glen Coe Scottish Highlands

I had an early new year trip up to Glen Coe with a bunch of mates,  a long weekend of walking and socialising in the Scottish hills. Dry January was not on the agenda. I’ve spent some time in Glen Coe before – walking up Buachaille Etive Mor – but that was more of a quick jaunt than a ‘trip’. On other occasions my experience of the glen has been even shorter: at speed, mediated by the windscreen of a car.

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Harris and Lewis trip – Suaineabhal and Carnais crofts

I wiped a tear away as I stood next to the cairn at the top of Suaineabhal. I could blame the wind, it was jacket-wrenching weather. And my tight chest may have been that final trudge up a snow-filled gully. But in fact, (whisper it) emotion was at play.

Suaineabhal / Suainaval is the hill that my dad recalls as a destination for walks during his time on Lewis. And the top of the 429m hill afforded me a view of the croft that newly-wed Mum and Dad had lived in many (many) years ago. The croft where twin and I were made (too much info? sorry).

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Harris and Lewis trip – Beinn Dhubh circular hike

A walk up on to Beinn Dhubh was the plan for my first full day on Harris, the start of a solo journey that would last just short of a week. The week would see me walk snow–covered hills, mooch along beautiful empty beaches, track dinosaurs over sea-battered stacks, stare back at seals and squint at many a standing stone. I was making like a Salmon, visiting the place of my making. A bit of an emotional journey in itself.

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