For a good number of years now I have done a fair old bit of walking the Scottish Hills, it all began almost 20 years ago when for reasons I have long since forgotten I donned a pair of boots which were kicking around the cupboard, and from there things just developed into what is now a passion.

I have included a few photos below from a collection of hundreds. To see them a little larger, just click on the picture.
The Aonach Eagach Loch Ossian YH Beinn Sgulaird The Saddle
The Aonach Eagach
Loch Ossian YH
Ossian Estate
Beinn Sgulaird
Near Oban
The Saddle
Glen Shiel
For me there is no better way to enjoy the scenery than to see it from the top of a hill, and as long as the weather is clear that is the reward I get for the effort needed to haul my body around 3000 feet up a mountain.

I enjoy the fresh air, the solitude, the beauty and the achievement of being there.
Although I nearly always walk alone I do enjoy meeting other walkers, exchanging route and weather information, talking for a few minutes and continuing on the way.

Most of my walks are around six or seven hours and can cover distances of maybe up to sixteen miles. Occasionally during fine weather I will make overnight use of the mountain bothy's, great little places to get under cover as camping is now a long gone pleasure.
Mind you, a far better option is to join the Scottish Youth Hostels and enjoy hot showers, clean beds and great cooking facilities.

Well OK, I suppose it is time to come clean and admit that I am a "Munro Bagger", that is I really only climb hills that are 3000 feet and over.
There are currently 283 of these peaks in Scotland and I have now completed them.

I am in a fortunate position, living within an hour of Glenshee, Braemar and the Angus Glens where there is a fantastic selection of not only Munros but other hills guaranteed to satisfy any hillwalker.

So there you have it, if you want to enjoy the Scottish countryside, taste the fresh air and take part in a healthy pastime - try hillwalking.

Here are some pictures of my recent walk in Torridon over the 2 Munro's which form Liathach.

On the ridge at last A long way down The path over the crags The way ahead The final peak From Spidean a' Choire Leith The first Munro The tourist path Mullach an Rathain North from Am Fasarinen Glen Torridon You can just see the car The road through Torridon The first Munro and the pinnacles The pinnacles Loch Torridon Loch Torridon
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