Christmas gifts

Heartfelt thanks to Scotland’s finest small and independent businesses for their support and enthusiasm for my Wild Journey


Mara Seaweed  – The lovely team at Mara are donating 10% of sales in support of The Scottish Wildlife Trust and John Muir Trust (Just mention #wildyear)

Union of Genius -Lunch for 2

Real Foods – Clearspring Organic Green Matcha Tea Powder Ceremonial http://wwLui lilt

The Inn on the Tay – Lunch for 2  http://www.theinnonthetay

Love From Indie Street – Gift voucher

Higher Love – A journey in a fab VW Van  Hire Peggy Sue

Macsween Haggis – Gift bag

Hebridean Sea Salt – Gift bag

Ailsa Black – Print from the collection

Keith Helliwell – Mountaineering DVD

Organically Yours – Gift bag

Dewars Aberfeldy – Tour of the distillery and tasting

Tippiecanoe Gallery – Shoulder bag made from recycled materials

That’s Jammy – Gift Bag

Black and Gold – Gift Bag

Just G Boutique – Gift Voucher

Tony Bevan – Documentary on London Improv – Taking the Dog For A Walk

John Muir Trust – Book on the life of John Muir

Chris Townsend – choose one from a selection of his inspirational books – signed and a personal dedication on request

Edinburgh Sketcher – Watercolour sketch of The Meadows, Edinburgh

Peter Wright – Ribbon of Wildness – Discovering the Watershed of Scotland`, `Walking with Wildness – Experiencing the Watershed of Scotland`, and `Nature`s Peace – a Celebration of Scotland`s Watershed`. Signed and personalised

Kris Kinosis, Eden Tours – 2 vouchers offered covering two people each,  taken on a tour of Rosslyn Chapel and Glen

Salt Pig Sea Salts – Gift Hamper

You can sponsor my Wild Journey in support of The John Muir Trust and Scottish Wildlife Trust  here –


Heartfelt thanks also to the following people for supporting my Wild Year –

Charlotte Flower Chocolates

Truly Truly Tartan

Balblair Distillery

By Rosie


Bruichladdich Distillery/The Botanist Gin

Word Power Books

Scottish Sea Glass -

Monica Wilde Foraging –

Narcissus Flowers -

Glen Lyon Coffee –

Pinnies and Poppy Seeds –

Charles Macleod (Stornoway Black Pudding) – Gift bag

The Manna House Bakery – Coffee and cake for 2

Great Glen Charcuterie – Gift Bag

Napiers Herbalists – Gift Bag

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Overjoyed to see evidence of previous settlement and transhumance in Gleann Mor, Schiehallion Wild Land area

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Ring ouzel

I was delighted to see and hear a ring ouzel for the first time near Carn Dearg, Schiehallion Wild Land area


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Deer and ptarmigan

Delighted to see a small herd of deer and to hear ptarmigan for the first time in Gleann Mor, south of Schiehallion


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Gleann Morr

I enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the wild, open glen – Gleann Mor, south of  Schiehallion.  I’ve been entranced by the brown streaked meadow pipits joyful and twittering glissando as they parachute to the mossy hillside.

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Bright as jewels

Barefoot wandering on mosses, heather, wild thyme and starry saxifrage, bright as jewels at Schiehallion Wild Land area

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Heather moorland and bog

Due to the improvement of the upland habitats at Schiehallion by the John Muir Trust,  heather moorland & bog are thriving.  Native woodland is flourishing as natural regeneration is encouraged by the management of sheep and deer numbers.


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Dawn chorus

I love waking up to a view of the hills; a dawn chorus of dunnock, tree pipits, meadow pipits & grouse


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The Fairy Hill of the Caledonians

Over the next week,  I’ll be exploring one of Scotland’s most spectacular Wild Land areas, Breadalbane – Schiehallion.  I’m excited to be back at Schiehallion as it was the first Munro I climbed around 30 years ago.. The original path, which began at the Braes of Foss car park, used to be a wide scar on the hillside – delighted to see that it has almost healed, thanks to the amazing work of  the John Muir Trust  Over a five-year period, the Trust set out to realign the main path up the hill onto a more sustainable line. The new path was built using locally sourced materials and offers spectacular views.  Thanks to the light touch methods of the path team & paths specialist Chris Goodman, we now have a link to beautiful and wild places.

‘Not a Ben in all the Kingdom
With Schiehallion can compare,
In the verdure fresh of springtime
Or in snowy mantle fair’

John Sinclair


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Reconnect with Wild Nature

“Every once in a while we all need to get out, to give ourselves up to a favourite wild landscape, to explore and experience and to wonder..We should do this in every season and all weathers, by day and by night. We should touch and smell and listen.  We should absorb moonlight on water, feel the wind in our hair, and discover the other creatures with which we share the world.  We should be forcing ourselves to reconnect with wild nature and our origins. We need to do this before it’s too late.”  Dr Jeff Watson, scientist and conservationist,  1952-2007

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