A New Route in Familiar Surroundings: The Bastion Ridge

A reasonable weather window gave me an opportunity for a quick hill walk. With little time to organise, I decided on a trip across to Arran. I have been up Arran’s 4 Corbetts many times over the years and there aren’t many parts of Arran’s high hills I haven’t been, but I felt it was…

First Wild Camp of the Year: Caisteal Abhail

After a very long time since my last wild camp, I was buzzing with excitement to finally get on the ferry and over to one of my favourite places – the beautiful Isle of Arran – for my first wild camp of the year. The most difficult part of organising myself was deciding where to…

Back Where I Belong: Exploring Arran by Mountain Bike

After a long struggle over the winter months without being able to travel and explore new places, I was absolutely over the moon when restrictions eased enough to travel to Arran for the first time in months. The weather forecast was superb, which made choosing my activity quite difficult, but I opted for a chance…

Saying Goodbye to Education: A Goatfell Summit Camp

Having sat the last of my final year exams at uni a few days earlier, I thought there would be nothing more fitting to see off my time in education and mark the start of my last summer of freedom than a summit camp on my favourite island – the beautiful Isle of Arran. Thankfully…

A Cold Day in Galloway: Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

A cloudy and cold hill walk in Galloway taking in Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, a hill that I had attempted around a year earlier but had to turn back due to howling winds and Sarah nearly blowing away! Although definitely not any warmer (and with less views than the last attempt), the weather was a little…

Sunset from the Summit: Caisteal Abhail

A fantastic wild camp on the summit of Caisteal Abhail – Arran’s most northerly and second highest corbett – similar to a trip that my dad and I undertook a couple of years ago. Once again we were treated to a spectacular sunset and a good test of our (yet another) new tent, the Wild…

Going Solo: Another Arran Adventure

A brilliant solo wild camp on Sail Chalmadale, a 480m hill in the Isle of Arran’s rugged and wild interior. Despite being a “small” hill, the walk in and out was tougher than expected, but the panoramic views from what was a comfortable tent pitch made the effort worthwhile! [August 2017] After a number of…

The Tent Killer: A Bad Case of Wind on Arran

Despite a mixed weather forecast, my dad and I decided to embark on another wild camping trip on the Isle of Arran, but this time in a place that neither of us had ever visited. We had no real plan after our first night, but after an extremely windy few hours during the night and…

Whiting Bay to Brodick: Exploring Southern Arran

As a keen hill walker and wild camper, the more cultivated and busier south end of the Isle of Arran never appealed to me as much as the north end of the island, but for a change of scenery Sarah and I decided on a 10 mile linear walk from Whiting Bay to Brodick via…

A view over Ayrshire: Loudon Hill

Recently, Sarah and I decided to take a short stroll up Loudon Hill, near Darvel, for a quick hour-long walk to stretch our legs after our final days at university for the summer. This small and steep little hill rewarded us with lovely views over Ayrshire and across the Firth of Clyde to Arran. [May…

Arran’s Highest Peak… Again!

Myself, my younger brother and my dad took a trip up Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak at 874m and 1 of 4 Corbetts on the island, as my brother’s first proper hill walk. This was my 5th time summiting Goatfell and the first time I haven’t been able to witness the amazing views from the┬átop. Nevertheless,…

A Pleasant walk to start the year: Hunterston Peninsula

This picturesque and easy-going 10km circuit follows part of the Ayrshire Coastal path and was a lovely way to start the year’s adventures. Sarah had bought herself a new pair of Salomon walking boots so these needed tried out before we tackle anything bigger later in the year. It stayed dry throughout and we were…