Strath Rusdale – Kildermorie cycle

The outside thermometer was reading -7°C at 6.30am today after I’d dropped Neil off at the bus station for his coach south. So although I’d planned a day out on my bike, I was in no great hurry to leave. Time for breakfast and another cuppa before loading the bike in the car and heading north to Alness.

The route I’d chosen was to be a mixture of minor public roads and surfaced estate road and rough track. I headed north to the road junction at the start of the no through road to Ardross and with it being the school holidays thought it would be ok to park my car beside the school. As I headed along the minor road along Strath Rusdale, the sun was beginning to warm the air and I was soon able to remove a couple of layers of clothing for now. (I needed it again later, so was glad I was carrying sufficient layers.)
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Walking in the footsteps of cattle drovers

The start of the walk along the old drove road in Strath Rory is not the most inspiring track, being a standard gravel-surfaced forestry track – and a wide track at that! But don’t let that put you off exploring this short drove road in Easter Ross. The strath and track are relatively unknown, even locally, and relatively unused.

Strath Rory Drove Road
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Eastern Glen Orrin camping

A mention of Glen Orrin brings to mind images of wild, remote land hemmed in by the boggy moorland hills of Strathconon to the north and the Munros of Strahfarrar to the south – with their limited access. However the eastern reaches of the glen are a gentler landscape, tamed by man, with farming, forestry, hydro-electricity and a little habitation.
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Fossils, rocks and more

The falling tide reveals the inter-tidal zone

As a contrast to ‘heading for the hills’ in the wonderful sunny weather we had earlier this week we took a walk down to the beach . We headed to the Black Isle here on the east coast of northern Scotland. Close to the tip of this peninsula of land (no, it’s not an isle at all) is the village of Cromarty made famous by Hugh Milller, who lived here and who was one of the most important Scottish Geologists of the 19th Century.
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Back-door-step backpacking (almost)

Loch Neaty - Loch Bruicheach walk

This is the first in what may be a series of backpacking trips starting from home. Living as we do on the edge of the forest and moorland above the Beauly Frth I’d thought I’d like to attempt a few mini backpacking trips walking from, and returning to, our home with no transport except Shank’s pony. Although I’ll admit that I’ve already cheated on this first outing as we got a lift 5 miles to the starting point by a son who was passing that way.
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Glen Nevis and Cow Hill

Glen Nevis from Dun Deardail

A day in Fort William = great. MWIS stating: “How windy? Westerly 45 to later 55mph, gust 60 t0 75mph on the summits in Lochaber” = not so great

So another day for low level walking. But that’s OK, as there are several lower walks I wish to do around Glen Nevis and Cow Hill, above the town. I planned a route to allow me to see some of The Ben (Ben Nevis, referred to simply around these parts as ‘The Ben’) – cloud permitting; to walk above Glen Nevis and grab a few geocaches; and get back to town to meet a friend off the 16.07 train from Glasgow.
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