The Battle of Glen Tilt

I’ve written before about the Scottish land access battles which eventually led – in 2003 – to their splendid Land Reform legislation, which allows responsible access to almost all Scottish land and waters. When I walk there I feel envious. We English, though we value the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW), veryContinue reading “The Battle of Glen Tilt”

Walking and Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve been thinking a lot about Robert Louis Stevenson lately, not least because I’ve been re-reading Kidnapped, that great novel of the Scottish landscape. Stevenson’s essay on walking is one of the most inspiring ever written – do see it out, it’s online. Although Stevenson spent his final years in Samoa, Scotland was never awayContinue reading “Walking and Robert Louis Stevenson”

Old Woodland at Rannoch

It’s interesting seeking out bits of Scotland’s Old Caledonian Forest. Not that there’s a lot left, but what there is is worth seeing. Much has vanished entirely, more has been well-hidden by the conifers of the Forestry Commission and independent foresters. But still interesting to find those traces… After our walk from Kinlochleven up toContinue reading “Old Woodland at Rannoch”

A Walk to Craig Varr

Just a year ago we stood on the summit of Schiehallion, looking towards Loch Rannoch. This time we were looking back in the opposite direction. Craig Varr is a modest height, but a terrific viewpoint, really a spur of the long ridge running down towards Kinloch Rannoch. And when I say terrific viewpoint, I reallyContinue reading “A Walk to Craig Varr”

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