Day 7: Blackfold to Inverness
September 9, 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 12km / 7.5miles A leisurely start at 10am for a leisurely day’s walking. The morning’s pick-up to drop me back at Blackfold was around 9:30am, and I was back on the trail at 10:10am. I’d arranged an early arrival with Gary from Fairfield Lodge, which was no problem at all. […]

Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Blackfold
September 9, 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 — 19km / 12miles. After breakfast I said good-bye to Alison – who’d arranged a taxi to take her to Inverness airport – and headed to the Drumnadrochit Hotel’s coffee shop for a latte before starting the actual walk for the day. There was no rush as I had to reach my […]

Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
September 9, 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 — 24km / 15miles. I set off just before 9am for this, the longest leg, of the Loch Ness Round Walk. Alison decided not to walk today and to take the bus to Drumnadrochit. Probably a good decision given the distance and accumulated elevation gain this day. The morning started with […]

Day 4: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
September 9, 2016

Monday, July 11th, 2016 — 15km / 9.5miles This was by far the most rewarding day when it came to views. Lessons learned about arriving too early, we again set out at the very civilized time of 10am. Turning left out of the driveway of Thistle Dubh (pron: ‘do’ – clever name really) we started […]

Day 3: Foyers to Fort Augustus
September 8, 2016

Sunday, July 10th, 2016 — 23km / 14.5miles This day was slightly different than the other walk days. As always, I had studied the map and terrain the evening before. Taking into account the distance and elevation gain in the second half of the days’ walk, and the fact that I could not see an […]

Day 2: Dores to Foyers
September 8, 2016

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 — 21km / 13miles. That morning we walked out of our B&B before 8am and were greeted by a light drizzle and fog over the Loch. For the first few kilometers the trail veered away a few hundred meters from the Loch and, after climbing a little, leveled out on an easy forest […]

Day 1: Inverness to Dores
July 9, 2016

Walking around Loch Ness had been on my walking-wish list for quite some time, so I was really happy to finally get my boots on and to start this circular walk around the Loch. I again used Contours Walking Holidays to book my accommodation and transfer my luggage; I prefer walking with only a day pack. […]

Lassen Peak and Shasta Bally Trail
August 23, 2010

Here are some photos of a nice weekend away. On Saturday we visited Lassen National Park. We drove around the Park and hiked to the top of Lassen Peak. Sunday we went 4WD’ing in the vicinity of Whiskeytown Lake. We used the book ‘California Trails – North Coast Region’ by Peter Massey et al. We […]

Mt Diablo Hike with the BCNC.
April 5, 2009

On Saturday April 4th I organized a hike on Mt Diablo for the BCNC. We hiked the Summit Trail from the Rock City car park. We set off at 9.20am and made it to the summit just before noon. After a nice, relaxing lunch, just below the summit, we started our descent to arrive back […]

Family & Friends
New Zealand Dec 2008 – Jan 2009
January 5, 2009

On Dec 19th we went to New Zealand for the Christmas Holidays; we came back home on Jan 4th. Here are some photo albums from our trip to New Zealand; this one was all about friends and family and was great!! Our first 2 days we spent at Lake Taupo in fabulous Acacia Cliffs Lodge […]

Palm Springs, CA – Feb 16-19, 2007
February 20, 2007

For President’s Day long weekend we visited Palm Springs, California. We left very early on Friday morning, at 7:20am and arrived at our hotel just after 6pm. We would have been 2 hours earlier had we not gotten stuck in a huge traffic jam on the I-10 between LA and Palm Springs. Palm Springs is […]