Thursday, 11 February 2016

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Forever Tainted


 I read this very transparent and informative article by Cameron McNeish on the Walk Highlands Magazine Site Today and it pretty much sums up the shameful state of affairs regarding camping access in Scotland's first National Park.

People really need to take notice and get motivated with regard to getting this decision reversed as it is merely the tip of the iceberg of the way things are going under the current Government in Scotland and as Mr. McNeish says :-

"If an SNP government can take us in this direction with camping byelaws, what next? Byelaws to control mountain biking, walking, canoeing and swimming, for example?"


The unfortunate thing is it's already happened. Under this Legislation bent Government, despite existing Police powers to combat anti social behaviour by a minority, Scotland must be one of the only countries in the world where it is now a CRIMINAL OFFENCE to have a beer or glass of wine on a public beach with your picnic. And, should you be unfortunate enough to be merely reported or even have it alleged you are guilty of such a HEINOUS CRIME then you can be detained, 
in a Police Cell, under SECTION 14 of the CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (SCOTLAND) ACT 1995, for a period of up to 12 hours, WITHOUT CHARGE, until the Police ascertain whether you are guilty or in fact innocent of ANY CRIME  in the first place.

I suppose one upside of being caught camping "illegally"  in or on the borders of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park EXCLUSION ZONE on a cold, wet, windy Scottish night is that you could find yourself banged up in a nice warm Police cell for the evening while the Cop's carry out their investigations as to whether you were actually within the exclusion zone in the first place.




Here's a link to an article I wrote about the Original East Loch Lomond Camping Ban

And here is a Link to Cameron's article in Walk Highlands




May The Fire Be Always Lit !



Sunday, 10 January 2016

Kilsyth Hills



Took a wee trip up the kilsyth hills last weekend.



Monday, 28 December 2015

Bervie Bash - 28th December 2015



Great to catch up with John. Jim , Steve and finally meet up with the other Jim who kindly lent me a beachcaster and reel for the day. 


It was gnarly out there and the photo's don't do the anger of the sea justice. Even though folk lost wheens of terminal tackle and it was a pretty much fishless day apart from Jim nearly catching a baby Orca that he nearly landed till it made off with one of his rod's and reels.

 It was a great day out and the haddock supper I had at the Bervie Chipper is the best I've ever had.






It was gnarly out there.













Jim, Jim, John and Steve. 

Great day out in great company. All the best when it comes.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Loch Etive 2 Years ago Today


En route to Cadderlie Bothy 2 years ago today, Loch Etive.



A wee rock cod near the quarry



Great trip, great company.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Come By The Hills



Had a wee trip to a mountain bothy last weekend. Where after driving my way up to and down the million pound racetrack into the lands of Lochaber and Locheil I met with Mark, Sandra, Ian and Steven. 

Sadly, one of the intended party who shall remain "Anonymous " failed to join us.




After a late start, I almost found myself under the cover of darkness as I launched the kayak and headed for the beacon of light that was the candle lit bothy window. But what great company I found therein.







"Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free,
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea,
Where the rivers run clean and the bracken is gold in the sun,
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done. "


Wednesday, 4 November 2015