June 2009

Over at the excellent walkhighlands.co.uk forum I have launched a quest to find the best walker’s pub in the Highlands. You know the sort of place, somewhere you long to be when you’re on a hillside with a gale force wind and a blizzard battering you. The thought of that blazing log fire and plate of steaming sausage and mash keeps you going. Or on those glorious days when the sky is blue and the sun cream is out you know that your thirst can be quenched by a cold pint down in the inn in the valley so it spurs you on to yet another peak.

I have asked fellow forum members to come up with their nominations for their favourite walkers pub. If you haven’t already visit the site and nominate your favourite. If it’s your visit take a look around and see what else is being discussed as well.

Link to forum thread: here

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A team of fundraisers are attempting to climb the highest point on each of the four Small Isles in just 24 hours to raise £2000 for the charity Sightsavers International. This may not seem a big challenge to undertake with some of the islands having diminutive peaks of less than 250ft but it involves 40km of walking and 5500ft of ascent over some tough terrain.

The challenge will see them travelling from island to island in a high speed RIB to climb Carn a’Ghaill on Canna (210ft), Askival on Rum (812ft), Beinn Airein on Muck (137ft) and An Sgurr on Eigg (393ft). They will have some great walking on the challenge, I particularly like the route to An Sgurr which provides stunning views of the Rum Cuillins, assuming the weather is good.

An Sgurr - Isle of Eigg The Rum Cuillins from Eigg








For those of us who have concerns about the effect that large scale charity events, such as The Three Peaks challenge have on a fragile mountain environment and without any benefit to the local community this event organised by adventure company Wilderness Scotland seems a better option. Not only are they taking people away from the well trodden paths of places like Ben Nevis but they are using local businesses to provide a boost to the local economy, albeit a small one.

These guys have set themselves up for a tough challenge. Good luck to them!

If you want to find out more about the challenge and make a donation, click here.

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