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Northern Germany November 2017

Bremen Grimms Animals

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary Cruise                 I’d never visited Northern Germany so decided to take a cruise from Rosyth. Cruises combine a holiday relaxing on board with waking up every morning without effort in a new placee. Perfect for the lazy traveller! The cruise was for one week. […]

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Bohemia and Bavaria, October 2017

Pine Beetle

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary Šumava The Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers arrange annual walking holidays abroad and this year we had a special treat Peter and Helena otganised an extended trip to the Czech Republic to Šumava Region in the west of Bohemia, near the Bavarian Border in Germany. We had six days walking with a […]

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Carcassonne, July, 2017

Cite Castle

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary. Carcassonne.  Although I have been to the Languedoc in south west France many times, I have never visited Carcassonne. Carcassonne is a fortified town in the Aude Department of Occitane. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and is located in the Aude plain between historic trade routes, linking the […]

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Portpatrick Again. July 2017

Helen Rose Diary   July 2017 Portpatrick Village. Portpatrick village is on the south-westerly coast of the Scottish mainland, cut into a cleft in steep cliffs. Anciently known as Portrie (Port Rhin, meaning headland), its quay was protected by the baron of Dunskey Castle (from dun meaning castle; key meaning quay) and his local men. When […]

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Crete. June 2017

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary. I visited Crete a very long time ago but spent most of the time visiting the famous Archaeological sites such as Knossos and Phaestos and the beaches at Malia and Vai. I saw that Scot-trek had a walking holiday to Crete which would give me the opportunity to visit the […]

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Helen Rose’s Walking Diary: Liverpool. April 2017


Helen Rose Diary. I visited Liverpool over the Easter holidays. My main reason for going was to visit the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery but there was so much more to see and I just loved the city and the Liverpudlians. They were so friendly and helpful to visitors. The city was clean, litter free and […]

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Lowther Hills. April 2017.

Helen Rose Diary Lowthers The Lowther Hills, also sometimes known as the Lowthers, are an extensive area of hill country in the Southern Uplands. They form a roughly lozenge shape on the map with the acute angles being to north and south. It has the river valleys along its boundaries with Clydesdale to the north […]

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Around Lanark: March 2017

Helen Rose Walking Diary Lanark. During the winter I had took part in an interesting walk organised by Stephen in the HF Club Outdoor Club . The walk was entitled ‘Around Lanark’.  Lanark is a small town in the central lowland belt, about an hour by car from Glasgow. The name is believed to come […]

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Arran Hogmanay January, 2017

Helen Rose Diary. February 2017.   A group of fourteen of us know each other through walking and have been going to Arran every July for a weekend for nearly seventeen years staying in recent years at Shore Lodge in the grounds of Brodick Castle. This year, Kathleen booked the lodge for Hogmanay and we […]

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Crianlarich Weekend January 2017

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary The Walking Club. The Glasgow HF Outdoor Club has been running an annual Christmas trip to Crianlarich for some years now. This Christmas 36 members were on the trip and although it is mainly a social weekend, we also manage a walk on the Saturday. Colin, as the Social Secretary […]

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Wisconsin December 2016

Helen Rose Diary On a recent visit to the US, I travelled to Wisconsin and managed a visit to Milwaukee and Taliesen. Wisconsin is in the mid-west of the US and on the western shores of Lake Michigan with Chicago at the southern end of the Lake. They are less than two hours apart by bus. […]

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Dornoch November 2016


Helen Rose Diary Dornoch Although I have travelled throughout the highlands of Scotland it has mainly been hill walking bagging Munros. The Glasgow HF Outdoor Club  recently organised a long weekend in Dornoch which is on the north east coast of Scotland in Sutherland. We travelled by public bus to Dornoch via Inverness as we […]

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Rhine in Flames

Helen Rose Diary     October 2016 Middle Rhine September is an important time on the middle Rhine in Germany as it marks the time of the grape harvest and the start of the winemaking. It seemed a good time to go on a river cruise on the Rhine from Cologne to Mainz. In the past I have […]

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Mèze, France. August 2016

Helen Rose Outdoors Etang de Thau. Mèze is a small town located in South West France and I spent a day there this summer while visiting the local area. The weather was hot and sunny. Mèze is located on an étang which makes it more interesting as a beach resort. Étang de Thau is the […]

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Jersey 2016

Helen Rose Outdoors History of Jersey In May I travelled to Jersey in the Channel Islands with on a walking holiday. We had four days walking and stayed in a comfortable hotel in St Helier, the capital of Jersey. Jersey is a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom, ruled by the Crown in right […]

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Isle of May 2016

Helen Rose Outdoors I enjoy visiting the islands around Scotland and have now visited about 39. In May I had the opportunity to visit the Isle of May with Scot-Trek The Isle of May is located in the north of the outer Firth of Forth, approximately 8 km (5.0 miles) off the coast of mainland Scotland. […]

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Pitlochry, 2016.

Helen Rose Outdoors Pitlochry In the heart of Scotland with real hospitality, clear sparkling air, beautiful scenery, rich clan history, fine food, plenty of space and lots to see and do. Pitlochry is primarily a holiday destination, which caters for the holiday maker year round in its own special way. The people are knowledgeable, friendly […]

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Helen Rose’s Walking Diary: Madeira, 2016

Madeira Pico de Areiro

For a long time I had wanted to visit Madeira and this year the opportunity arose with the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers The holiday was organised with a choice of two walks every day and a rest day to explore Funchal as a tourist. There are weekly flights to Madeira from Glasgow. We left […]

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Kirkby Stephens. 2016

Kirkby Temperance

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary.   Kirkby Stephen is at the head of the Eden Valley at the Western Edge of the Yorkshire Dales and adjacent to Cumbria and the Lake District in northern England. The Glasgow HF Walking Club arranged a walking weekend in the late September holiday weekend. We travelled down on the […]

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Norway, Oslo. 2016.

Helen Rose Diary. We had wanted to visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway and were on a cruise in the Baltic some years ago which included a stop in Oslo. Unfortunately, this was the week of the Breivik killings in Oslo in 2011 and the port was closed. Last year we travelled on […]

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Nerja February 2015

  Helen Rose Outdoor Diary When I have been out with the Wednesday Wanderers, we chat away on the walks and Ian and Linda mentioned they went to Nerja in Andalusia in Spain several times a year for a month and walked every day. The club committee decided it would be an excellent idea […]

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Chicago January 2015

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary In the autumn I spent some time in Chicago, a place famous for architecture and recommended by friends as a place to visit. I was particularly interested in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and wanted to see it for myself. The first evening, we went to the Willis Tower, formerly […]

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Stob Fear-tomais. December 2014.

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary I am doing less hill walking now but recently I did a Corbett and was delighted to complete it albeit very slowly! Corbetts are hills of more than 2,500 feet but less than 3,000 feet. As you will know by my previous writings, Munros are more than 3,000 feet. Often Corbetts […]

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Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies November 2014.

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary On a beautiful sunny Sunday I went on a walk with the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers from the Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies sculptors at Helix Park along the Forth and Clyde towpath and back. The distance was eight miles of flat walking there and back. The Forth and Clyde Canal […]

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Venice etc. by Riverboat. October 2014

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary With some friends I was on a riverboat cruise from Venice to other towns. However, the riverboat could not go out to the Adriatic Sea so we had to visit some towns by bus. I have been in Venice twice before, once in summer during the tourist season and once in […]

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Commonwealth Games Glasgow Closing Ceremony. September 2014

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary.    This summer, Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games. I wanted to be part of it so volunteered to be in the cast of the Ceremonies. After the audition earlier in the year, I was offered a place in the Closing Ceremony. I have dance experience and I am still part of […]

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Trossachs, Three Lochs. August 2014

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary On a lovely warm summer’s day, I went with the Wednesday Wanderers for a walk in the Trossachs. The Trossachs straddle the boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands in Scotland to the north of Glasgow, east of Loch Lomond and west of Callander. The Trossachs Pass begins at the […]

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Ailsa Craig July 2014

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary    I am trying to go round most of the Scottish Islands and Ailsa Craig is one that I have been trying to visit for some years but one way and another I have never made it. There is only one small boat to the island leaving from Girvan which carries […]

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Languedoc, Minerve and Villeneuvette June 2014

. Helen Rose Outdoors On my most recent visit to the Languedoc in France, the weather was very wet and every day we looked at the weather forecast to find the driest places to visit. We visited Villeneuvette and Minerve, both very interesting places historically in the region and located in very pretty countryside. Although […]

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West Highland Way. Rowardennan to Inverarnan. May 2014.

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary.    I am trying to fill in the gaps in completing the West Highland Way. The West Highland Way was Scotland’s first long distance route and remains by far the most popular. Stretching for 96 miles from Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben […]

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