As a latecomer to enjoying the rural outdoors, I’m now trying to make up for lost time with frequent explorations of the landscapes and seascapes close to home, in between rarer travels further afield. I aim to keep track of these jaunts out on out on the hills and on the water with brief notes and and photographs. These will be a record of the good times that I’ve had, so that I can sit back and enjoy them again later on.

I’m based in Scotland, so most of my walking, climbing, paddling and skiing happens here and in the north of England. However, I really enjoy travel, so wherever possible I try to combine some of these hobbies with visits abroad – at least once a year.

Scotland has a rich variety of history, terrain and landscape for such a small place and this offers vast opportunities for unique days out. There are countless places of interest close to home to be the focus for my regular walking, climbing and paddling. But the time it takes to get to the further extremities of Scotland – especially the islands, which can sometimes require multiple ferry journeys – means that there are places which will always be a little more exotic, a little less familiar and, therefore, a little more special when I visit them.

I love reading about other people’s adventures – both current and from the past – and I especially enjoy connecting the ideas and observations from these accounts with what I actually see when I’m climbing, paddling and walking; even if its just the remains of a past which is slowly vanishing from the landscape.

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