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Chain Walk

The origin of the chain walk has not been documented although a date of 1929 is quoted and its use by fishermen seems to be the main reason.

Great for a wee trip to the east coast, even just to check out the fairly spectacular volcanic rock action going on down there!

 

 

Fingal’s Cave

We took a wee trip to visit Fingal… he was oot!

Staffa is a fascinating place the weekend on Mull served us with pretty bad weather so the fact we got out to the island at all in the wee rib was great, appropriately named ‘Drookit II’ (who’s predecessor’s fate I’m a bit unsure of) but we had to retreat fairly quickly off the island. Maybe not the best place to be stranded in a storm although not the worst either.

 

 

High & Dry

Kiting around Peanmeanach

Anson N9857 – Beinn an Fhurain


Took a trip up to the crash site of the Anson N9857 on Beinn an Fhurain near Inchnadamph.

More information about the site and photographs here.

Assynt. a frieze and a litany

Getting high with old friends. Somethings you never tire of.

 

Loch Roe

 

Finding some flat water for a wee slalom on Loch Roe.

Testing 1,2,3…

After scuppering my knee  for a fair few months at the end of last summer. This weekend inadvertently brought the first proper impact test to the joint in question. Belting down the side of Buachaille Etive Mor knowing fine well what repercussions more than likely lay in store. To my surprise it had nothing to say to it what so ever!

So. No more excuses then eh! Better get the fitness back up to par! Bring on the mountains!

Ben Nevis

Following a pretty full on week. I managed to escape Glasgow fairly early a few Saturdays past and headed for Ben Nevis. Then dashed back to Glasgow in time for a party. I have no recollection what that party was or what fate befell Sunday. But at least the mountain managed to help me redeem a little bit of my sanity, thanks for that Ben!

Pile Light (Larick Scalp)

This is one of only a few surviving pile lighthouses in Scotland and the UK. This particular one was built in 1845 and has been inactive since 1960. Surprisingly it’s in pretty good nick considering the abuse it’s taken from the local seagull population. The 52ft tower housed a lantern atop the wooden octagonal keeper’s quarters, all mounted on wooden piling.

Located about 500 meters (1/3 mile) northeast of the Tayport waterfront on the south side of the Firth of Tay. Accessible only by boat or kayak although you probably could swim if you were mad enough. The tower has been lying abandoned since its disuse and the owner/site manager is unknown.

I think it’s a bit of a wee gem that gets overlooked and worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

 

 

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The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

Please note: The Code is constantly being revised and added to. If you like to add something login in to the discussion on the forum.