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Clapper Bridges near Cashel Dhu, NW Highlands

Clapper bridges are something I’d previously associated exclusively with Dartmoor; there is a famous large one at Postbridge but there many more examples spanning watercourses on the moor. A recent tweet from Forestry Commission Scotland alerted me to the fact

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Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Trips

To work – by chairlift!

At the end of May I did a couple of days work with Rescue Medics up at Glencoe Mountain Resort (http://www.glencoemountain.co.uk/) to help cover a downhill mountain bike event. I arrived pretty late, having driven down from Skye. The pop-up

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Visiting Edinburgh’s seaside- Seafield, Portobello, Joppa

The car had been booked in for a service, so Shadow and I went out to drop it off and visit his old pre-adoption part of Edinburgh, Seafield. My previous experiences in the area have mostly been running or geology-related.

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Harlaw Reservoir wanderings

Harlaw is part of a network of reservoirs that were built in the 19th century to supply the city with clean, fresh water. The network now extends deep into the Scottish Borders around Talla but the Pentland Hills contain numerous

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (low-level), Pentlands, Scotland, Uncategorized

Kettleton Byre with the kids

My youngest daughter, Alligin, does not so much ask for things as make demands. ‘Dad, when are we going to a bothy again?’ was her refrain for some of this winter, so the arrival of the school break made my

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Castlelaw Hill. So hilly they named it twice

Castlelaw Hill is one of the more accessible peaks in the Pentlands, for reasons both ancient and modern. The ancient reason is that there is an earth house (aka souterrain) within a series of defensive ramparts and ditches. One modern

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Posted in Pentlands, Scotland

Book Review: Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes

Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage. 2002 An attractive booklet with many colour photographs, clear text and a smattering of illuminating quotations. The introductory section summarizes the geological events that produced the different rock types, within a nod to

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Book review: Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland

Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland. Steven Fallon. Pocket Mountains. 192 pp. Declaration of interest: The author and I are members of the same hill-running club. Don’t be misled by the title, this is a worthy addition to the

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Printed material reviews (physical books, maps and pamphlets)

Books and maps. I’ve accumulated a worrying amount of them over the years and also reviewed books for The Palaeontological Association Newsletter and the Scottish Journal of Geology. So, here are my thoughts on some books, maps and other printed

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Posted in Book reviews, Books, Maps, Other printed matter
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