Munros: Ben Lomond

As iconic Scottish landmarks go, Loch Lomond is second only to perhaps Glencoe as the countries favourite beauty spot. The national park hosts a great deal more visitors than any other destination in the country. One of a handful of busy trails belonging to the park, the mountain half-way up the loch is a major visitor draw for very good reason. At 974 meters high, Ben Lomond is far from the roughest and most difficult Munros to summit, but it is more than a tame hill walk too. Navigation and access are easier here than almost anywhere else in the country, but a reasonable level of fitness and a little… Read More

Continue Reading

When GPS Beats Out Map And Compass

After first conquering the automotive world, GPS has all but taken over in fitness endeavours too. Runners and cyclists seem to rarely head out without a wrist-mounted tracker keeping tabs on every sweated meter and minute. Gadgetry devices are increasingly intruding into outdoors navigation too. Hiking GPS devices have been around for well over a decade. In the early days they were ugly, cumbersome units with little functionality and a battery life which made them next to useless. Today though, GPS navigation and perhaps our approach to it deserves a second look. The Way It Has Always Been Conventional wisdom states that GPS gadgets and gizmos are never as good… Read More

Continue Reading

St Abb’s Head Circular

As walking mistakes go, poor navigation can be one of the more costly and trip destroying ones you can make. Yet so many, setting out for the trail from the central belt, forget to look south to find the great hills and routes for a days exploring. While it’s true that there is a near endless supply of great routes and mountains to the north; there are more than enough routes to the south of the country to keep you busy for a lifetime or two. One of these incredible routes lies immediately to the north of the village of St Abbs. About an hours drive South of Edinburgh, the… Read More

Continue Reading