eBothy Blog

A Winter Climb in Great Gully

Monday Nov 21, 2016

Blaven above Kilbride

After a few days of grotbags weather plastering the mountains in the first big snows of the season, Sunday dawned cold, clear and utterly enticing. So it was into the car and round to Blaven for a look around. As usual, I didn’t have anything specific in mind.

Wild Suardal

Sunday Sep 25, 2016

Looking up towards Beinn Suardail from the old railway in Strath

A wild night on Saturday as the autumn storm season began with a rattling roof, torrential rain and gushing winds roaring round the side of the local hills. The trees danced all night so they were pleased when it dawned bright and sunny though the wind was still high.

Autumn in the Skye hills

Tuesday Sep 20, 2016

Loch Slapin from Beinn na Cro, Isle of Skye

A three month photography exhibition with the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry, an article on Blaven in TGO, an upcoming feature in the John Muir Trust journal on connections between wild land and the Gaelic language and a book on Gaelic mountain poetry in the works.

Stravaiging The Lakes

Friday Jul 8, 2016

I like to get down to the Lakes now and then, usually involving a very long and complicated public transport journey but this time I drove to Ambleside as I had to return via Pitlochry to pick up what was left of my photography exhibition with the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre and gallery. That’s another story though. A rollercoaster of a ride and outrageous success even if I say so myself!

High Pike

Photography Exhbition

Friday Apr 15, 2016

It’s been in the planning for a year, ever since my photo feature in the Scottish Mountaineer magazine when the John Muir Trust asked if I’d like to exhibit with them.

Gabbro Photography exhibition at the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry

Queen of the Winged Isle

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Queen of the Winged Isle

It’s oot! The May 2016 edition of TGO Magazine is in the shops with my feature on Blà Bheinn along with photographs I’ve created over the years when visiting Bàn-rìgh an Eilein Sgiathanaich, the Queen of the Winged Isle.

Chasing the sun

Saturday Apr 2, 2016

There had been high pressure over the UK for a few days and I’d been enjoying some great cycling in 17C, t-shirt and summer gear when the weather finally broke on the Saturday a couple of weeks ago. It was that kind of feeling though. The cloud was very low, 200m in places. The grey ceiling wasn’t producing any rain and it was lighter than it should be with that amount of cloud. It all screamed “inversion” and coupled with reports from a friend of an inversion in the Cuillin the day before and a forecast of cloud tops being around 1050m I headed out, making for the biggest hills in the area. The north Glen Shiel ridge.

Brocken Spectre on Sgurr nan Conbhairean

On Caer Caradoc

Monday Jan 4, 2016

Being in Shropshire over the ho ho holidays, I had a chance for a bimble up Caer Caradoc above Church Stretton. So parking in the layby just north of the town, I squelched across the sodden fields and up into wonderful countryside.

The Long Mynd from Caer Caradoc

On Photography

Saturday Nov 14, 2015

As I’ve been working on my exhibition images for next spring at the John Muir Trust Wild Space centre in Pitlochry, I’ve been thinking a lot about what photographs actually are and why I like black and white so much.

Sun bursts through the clouds over the Black Cuillin

Redwings and ravens in the Red Cuillin

Sunday Nov 8, 2015

Sgurr nan Gillean

“It’s a bog”, I said, in response to Graeme’s “should I wear gaiters” question and here we were, up to our necks in glour and gloop. The path from Sligachan starts off good but as soon as you branch off into the trees it becomes a quagmire until you get to the bottom of Druim na Ruaige.

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