Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Day Five: Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together | Ballindaloch to Craigellachie

1 May , 2013  

I woke to a white world – it had snowed all night. The trees were burdened with snow on this long section following the disused railway track, and big flakes fell steadily for hours turning everything into a fairytale frosted landscape. Mine were the only footprints. I was walking deep into the heart of whisky country. Speyside […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Four:The First Dram | Ballindaloch to Glenlivet

30 Apr , 2013  

Over the hills to Glenlivet: a narrow track up and up, through the heather. The snow had drifted deep into the track, a thin crust of it that held then broke, sinking me to the calves.   Plates of ice covered the boggy hollows. I smashed them with my boot: “Spring is here, haven’t you […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Three Extra: After the Bath

29 Apr , 2013  

Pathfinding: it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. Did I mention the bit about gazing through the windows at snowcapped mountains from the dining room? I did? The amuse-bouches on the table (posh French for little treats while you wait for your starters )? The candles, the fresh flowers? Nowhere else to […]

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Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Three: The Big Squeeze

26 Apr , 2013  

This was just a teeny bit of a navigational challenge, or at least an observational one: a twisting turning rocky boggy humpy bumpy route with a lot of short steep ascents thrown in. One more, in fact, than was necessary : in Garvault Woods I puffed up an extremely steep track, scooping handfuls of snow […]

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Whisky and Walking Day One: Lou Reed on My Mind

25 Apr , 2013  

Enough about the whisky – let the walking begin. And what a beginning! After months of grey  dreary weather and freezing cold ( -7  the previous night), the sun shone on this third day of April and showed the Cairngorms in all their glory – blue sky, blue lochs, snow-capped mountains – real picture postcard […]

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Cycling

Cycling Scotland’s fabulous islands

1 Feb , 2013  

A photograph of the Outer Hebrides posted recently on Macs Adventure Facebook reminded me of the many amazing Scottish island cycle tours that I have enjoyed. The experience of boarding a ferry on the mainland, with only my bike and a pannier of essentials, and heading off to one of the many west coast isles […]

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