A Rest at the Whangie

Two years since Mrs J and I got married, we decided to have a weekend away sans Sam and headed to Loch Lomond.

We stayed in a beautifully refurbished hut called the Shepherds Rest near Balmaha and managed a wander in the cold sunshine to the Whangie, a stunning rock formation near Drymen.

It looks a bit like the pinnacles of rock are slowly being pulled away from the rest of the hill, creating almost natural battlement features. Or maybe looks like a hilly porcupine.

But the walk up gave us gorgeous views of the snowy Arrochar Alps and the path through the rocky formations made us feel we were in a far more wild and remote place than we were.

Shall I have Summit to Eat?

Cairngorm summit, early yesterday. I’d have stopped for lunch if it wasn’t for the following reasons:

The wind was gusting at about 50mph.

The temperature/windchill was around -5C.

The views were non existent.

It was only 10am…


An afternoon of flooring Bernie the Berlingo today. Another task that I thought would take minutes, took hours, but the difference it makes is huge.

Started by going to the shops for lino and double sided carpet tape. I decided on a wooden floor look. This will hopefully match the wooden walls I intend giving her. Back at the ranch I started clearing the van and hoovered any dust away. I laid the lino out in the back and trimmed it to size. The tape was then placed on the ply and the yellow protective paper removed.

Starting at the back, I rolled the lino back down over the tape.

With my shoes off I walked about the flooring to ensure it was well stuck down.

And now the flooring looks so much better, less liable to mark and will be a bit warmer to sleep in. Beautiful.

Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean

I haven’t been up a Munro in more than a year, so yesterday I went a wander up Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean in the Mamores. The weather was warm, but what you don’t see in the pictures is the 40-50mph wind.

The Salomon Skyline race was on this weekend too, I could see the runners over on the Ring of Steall from Stob Ban. I definitely wasn’t tempted to join in…

Berwickshire Coastal Path: Berwick to Eyemouth

A few pictures from a recent walking trip with our new van.

Sunday morning rear view at St Abb’s harbour.

Berwick Coast Watch building.

A sea cave near Berwick.

Needles Eye formation.

Old Smugglers cottage at Lamberton Skerrs.

Partanhall at Burnmouth.

Bernie getting tucked in by the sea on Saturday night.

And the Sunday morning sunrise.

and the film…


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