Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression


“I’ll be around Ben Avon somewhere” was the parting shot as I left home. The forecast was for two days mixed weather then downhill so with 3 days supplies it was … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment


Driving through Garve with 1cm hail stones battering down turning the road white in a minute & followed a few minutes later by heavy rain flooding the road I wondered … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glen Orrin

The drive up the single track road up Strathconnon is quite a pleasant one but arriving late on Sunday afternoon I had to suffer the multitude of day-trippers on their … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 7 Comments

Glen Tanar: Man eaters?

Plan A failed before it even got off the ground, for lots of reasons, so I decided to just head out to one of my favourite spots for a night in … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Another MYO stove

Sounds too good to be true; an alcohol (meths) stove that’s efficient, <15ml for a 500ml boil (1/2oz for 2 cups); simple to build, 2 mins; really cheap, ~£1.50 each. … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 18 Comments

3 Bothies

Time for a little trip to recharge the soul, I’d missed out on the prior week’s good weather & the forecast was a little mixed (typical Scottish spring forecast…….sunshine & … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Lairig Ghru

3pm & after 6hrs travelling (bus, train, pub lunch then bus) it felt good to hit the ‘Old Logging Trail’ out of Aviemore. I did think of heading into the … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Petzl MYO – RIP

Needless to say that I’m an inveterate fixer so when the Petzl MYO RXP ‘failed’ on my last trip (light flickered incessantly & then switched itself off, repeatedly) a ‘fix’ … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Bothy nights

I had just to get out of the house! Lots of fresh snow in the hills, flooding still seemed to be impacting any significant stream crossings, the road to Braemar … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment


Wandering up Glen Lui just before lunchtime musing of where to head; no wind, -3C, it felt good to be out in the mountains again. I’d nearly missed the opportunity … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 5 Comments

A stroll

I’d given the knee a couple of weeks rest & while still awaiting an appointment with the Physio I was getting bored & impatient watching the good weather float past.  … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

Moroccan Lamb

Just completed a mass dehydrator session; 8 * Bolognese, 8 * Chilli con Carne, 8 * Lamb Madras curries, 8 Moroccan Lamb & a batch of Tomato leather. As usual … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 7 Comments

Not the TGO Challenge

Should I apply for a place on the 2016 Challenge…………or not? Nothing against the Challenge, I’ve enjoyed the 3 crossings I’ve completed & met a lot of nice people along … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

More Pot Cosy’s

During this year’s Pyrenees jaunt I used a very simple cosy knocked up from 3mm flooring underlay & Ali tape; less bulk than my trusty sleeping mat cosy & less … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment