Beinn Tulaichean

Beinn Tulaichean

The sun shone and the skies were clear for climbing Beinn Tulaichean last Saturday. Superb conditions at last for being able to get out of the city and up into the Scottish Highlands for some climbing and clearing out of all that mind clutter! [Read more…]

African Adventures Pt.4 Zanzibar Spice Tour and Final Days

African Adventures Pt.4 Zanzibar Spice Tour and Final Days

You can’t go to Zanzibar without going on a Zanzibar spice tour like we did during our final days spent on the beautiful island. Spices, in particular cloves, account for nearly half of Zanzibar’s GDP. The island has a number of thriving designated spice plantations definitely worth visiting. Lady Lynne and I were lucky enough to visit here in December as part of our continuing trip of a lifetime. [Read more…]

African Adventures Pt.3 Zanzibar – Wildlife and Sightseeing

African Adventures Pt.3 Zanzibar – Wildlife and Sightseeing

Zanzibar – wildlife and sightseeing was next on our itinerary. Zanzibar island, situated approximately 25 km off the mainland coast of Africa is home to the red colobus monkey as well a thriving spice trade and the world heritage site of Stone Town. Lady Lynne and I were lucky enough to visit here in December as part of our continuing trip of a lifetime. [Read more…]

African Adventures Pt.2 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

African Adventures Pt.2 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in south-western Uganda. It’s home to almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. Lady Lynne and I were lucky enough to visit here in December. As part of a trip of a lifetime. [Read more…]

African Adventures Pt.1 Glasgow to Uganda

African Adventures Pt.1 Glasgow to Uganda

Glasgow to Uganda was the first stage of the recent trip of a lifetime that Lady Lynne and I went on, earlier in December. Our main purpose was to go and see the mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and then have some time exploring and relaxing on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. [Read more…]

Ben Cruachan and Oban Weekend

Ben Cruachan and Oban Weekend

A few weekends ago I headed up West to climb Ben Cruachan and visit Oban (the seafood capital of Scotland) with my old pal and school friend Mike. [Read more…]

Autumn weekend in Edinburgh

Autumn weekend in Edinburgh

Hey Folks, I’ve temporarily hung up my chef’s apron, but don’t worry it’s just for this week! So today, I’m sharing with you some pictures and highlights, of an autumn weekend in Edinburgh, last weekend precisely, when Lynne and I were able to get away for a short break. [Read more…]

Ben Nevis Weekend

Ben Nevis Weekend

Well hello there Folks! That’s me just finished editing the batch of photographs I took from a successful but early retreat ❓ (more on that later) from our Ben Nevis trip last weekend. [Read more…]

Loch Brandy Glen Clova Weekend

Loch Brandy Glen Clova Weekend

The area of Glen Clova was my very first introduction to the Scottish mountains. Situated just one hour away from Dundee, my school friends and I used to rattle up here in our beat up cars at the age of 17, to spend nights drinking cheap beer and sitting in wet tents pretty much oblivious to the beautiful surroundings. Whilst I’ve somewhat moved on from those days (thankfully), you can see that whilst time changes for us, it never does for the weather, as this recent loch brandy glen clova weekend with Lynne, Liam and Catherine demonstrates. [Read more…]

Glen Doll – Jocks Road to Davy’s Bourach

Glen Doll – Jocks Road to Davy’s Bourach

Hey Folks, how are you all doing? Well, after getting all enthusiastic about our two days of summer last week, which I mentioned in this previous post, I was really hoping that when we decided we were going to get in some decent hillwalking over the weekend, doing part of Jocks Road, we would at least keep the temperature above freezing. My wish was granted, the temperature remained above freezing, albeit dropping from 22.5 last Wednesday, a stunning day when I was in Edinburgh, to 9.5 on Saturday…… [Read more…]