I have come across another mountain related saying in my pamphlet of Gaelic proverbs:

Anail a Ghaidheil, air a mhullach!

The Gael’s breathing place – on the summit!

 

Is that so? Why is it so many of my neighbours have never set foot on a footpath let alone a hillside?

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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Alex & Bob’s Blue Sky Scotland

After the last week of poor weather in the Highlands I sometimes wonder if it ever stops raining in my part of the Highlands. So the premise behind Alex and Bob’s relatively new blog, that it doesn’t always rain in Scotland, is welcome. They take the attitude that it may rain frequently north of the border but it doesn’t the whole country all of the time. More importantly there is often an East-West split where one side can be in brilliant warm sunshine and the other enveloped cold grey drizzle.

Basing their walking trips on the weather forecast, they are flexible enough to head in the direction where the skies are clear, or clearer. This commonsense approach has allowed them to miss the worst of the British weather. As they are not chasing the high peaks it means less well-known areas of Scotland are featured. Recent reports have included Knockdolian (a 265m hill in Ayrshire) and Great Cumbrae Island off the north Ayrshire coast. This is great approach for a walking blog, proving that you don’t have to go high to be impressed.

http://blueskyscotland.blogspot.com/

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