Tiree by bike and foot

Earlier this spring I thought it would be a nice idea to try to do a little ‘run tourism’ here in Scotland. I especially wanted to visit some of the Scottish west coast islands that I haven’t been to previously, so I eagerly signed up for the Tiree Half Marathon. For those who don’t know, Tiree is known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’, Not because the weather is quite as balmy as Hawaii (although it is milder and sunnier than much of the rest of Scotland), but because of its beaches and great waves which are excellent for surfing.
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Winter Feast Duathlon: The Appetiser

I'm a medal winner!

Two firsts for me this past weekend! And both good! It was the first time I’ve entered a duathlon, and the first time I’ve won a medal for a place! I was second Female Super Vet (super veteran) in the No Fuss Winter Duathlon in Glen Nevis and came 51 out of a field of 70!

This was a wee taster duathlon (the first in a series of three): 3.5km run, 12.5km cycle, 3.5km run. Both running and cycling sections were half on-road, half off-road and were wet and muddy.
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Run around Loch Affric

I and my son, Craig went out for a wonderful run yesterday in the beautiful Glen Affric. We did a circuit following the track and path around Loch Affric, starting from the end of the public road.

The route is about 18km/11 miles, about half on forestry track, half on very rough, boggy and rocky track/path.

We did the circuit anti-clockwise, ie started by following the track/path on the north side and returned by the easier route on the south side of the loch. The track on the north is pretty wet in places and crosses several small burns (and one larger one) by several fords. Starting our run on this side meant I had wet feet for almost the whole two hours, but left the easier track for later when we were tiring.
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Of bogs, burns and big hairy beasts

Glen Strae is a small, narrow glen at the head of Loch Awe. The glen is practically uninhabited, with only one farm about a mile from the start of the glen, but it wasn’t always this way as there is evidence of old settlements marked on the OS maps. One of these used to be Tigh Mor, the old house of the MacGregors apparently.

Glen Strae run
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Running in Culbin Forest

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Culbin Forest was once a vast area of shifting sand dunes. Prior to that the hinterland was once fertile farmland, but was gradually covered in loose sand, particularly during a wind-storm in 1694. The area remained largely dune desert for two centuries, sometimes referred to as “Scotland’s Sahara”. The land was purchased by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s and they started to ‘fix’ the dunes by planting marram grass alongside the trees. This scheme was only partly successful and the sand was still shifting. Eventually a more successful method proved to be thatching the sand by brushwood, which as well as preventing the sand from blowing away also provided humus to the soil as it decayed.
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The two Munros of Beinn Eighe

Beinn Eighe main ridge

During quiet times I plan to make a few posts here that are trips reports that I’ve previously written and posted on other websites over the years BB (Before Blogging). I wish to list them here before I lose them (one site lost all old posts when they changed format several years ago) and if they are of interest to you, then so much the better.
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