Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary.

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Donegal, St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day

Journey to Ireland Glasgow Health Culture Rambling Club suggested a social weekend to Donegal for St Patrick’s Day in March on a bus trip organised by Caledonian Travel. Twelve of us decided to go on the weekend travelling on Friday and returning on Monday. It is a fairly long journey involving about three hours by […]

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose, Outdoor Diary: Glen Nevis

April, 2024 Corran The HF club arranged the annual winter weekend based at Corran Bunkhouse The Bunkhouse is misnamed as most of the rooms have ensuite and towels are supplied. It is just like a B&B but you make your own breakfast. The walks on offer by the club are both high and low level. […]

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Monday, April 1, 2024 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks in Glasgow

John Muir Way. Part 1.

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John Muir John Muir is well known as the Father of America’s National Parks. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. His example has served as an inspiration for the preservation of many other Wilderness areas. He was born in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland on April 21, […]

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Friday, March 8, 2024 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Water of Leith Part 2.

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February 2024 Water of Leith The Water of Leith is Edinburgh’s main river. It runs for 22 miles (35 km) from the Pentland Hills where it flows past Port Leith, into the Firth of Forth. The Water of Leith Walkway is about 14 miles long running from Balerno to Leith. I previously did the first […]

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Thursday, February 1, 2024 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary, Hampshire

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January 2024. Hampshire In the autumn I visited friends in Hampshire. Hampshire is a ceremonial county in South East England. It is bordered by Berkshire to the north, Surrey and West Sussex to the east, the Isle of Wight across the Solent to the south, Dorset to the west, and Wiltshire to the north-west. It […]

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Friday, December 29, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose: Outdoor Diary – Langholm.

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December, 2023 The Glasgow Health Culture Rambling Club ran a bus from Glasgow to Langholm for a day walk. The contact for the club is Roshni at [email protected] Langholm is also known colloquially as the Muckle Toon. It’s a burgh in Dumfries and Galloway, southern Scotland near the border with England. Langholm lies between four […]

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Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: West Island Way Completed

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West Island Way – November, 2023 Island of Bute I had previously done most of the West Island Way in Bute staying over a weekend  I had the opportunity to complete the Way as a day walk with the Glasgow Ramblers  The Isle of Bute, Eilean Bhòid or An t-Eilean Bòdach, known as Bute  is […]

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Monday, October 30, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: East Neuk, Fife

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October 2023 Fife Coastal Path In the past I have had many trips to Fife. Recently the Glasgow Health Culture Rambling Club ran a bus to Fife to do linear walks on the Fife Coastal Path. The Club can be contacted by email The Fife Coastal Path stretches from North Queensferry, in the south of […]

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Monday, October 2, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary, Moray Coast and Cullen.

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 September 2023 In the summer, a group was booked for the Moray Coastal Trail based in Cullen.  The Moray Coastal Trail in Gaelic Moireibh or Moireabh lies in the north-east of Scotland, with a coastline on the Moray Firth. The National Geographic named the area as one of the top twenty coastlines in the world! […]

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Thursday, August 31, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Ayr. Dunure Walk and Horse Races

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August, 2023  This blog is in two parts and the connection is Ayr, a coastal resort in the South West of Scotland. The first part is a visit to the Ayr Horse Races and the second part is a walk from Dunure to Ayr. Ayr Horse Races I have never been to a horse race […]

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Sunday, July 30, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary, Whitby.

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July 2023 Helen Rose Outdoors. I had arranged to go to Whitby for a weekend walking three years ago but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers arranged a weekend there this Spring and I was lucky enough to have a place on the trip.Whitby is […]

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Friday, June 30, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary: New York Again.

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June 2023 Brooklyn I was recently in New York visiting friends in Brooklyn in New York City. I always find the size of New York overwhelming with the five boroughs and a population of over 8.8 million. There is a distance to travel on the subway to go anywhere and it is often disrupted by […]

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Thursday, June 1, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary: Kinlochleven.

Corran

May 2023 Corran It was the annual winter trip by the Glasgow HF Outdoor Club  to Corran north of Glencoe on the way to Fort William. It is a very comfortable bunkhouse and does not have any bunks but all comfortable beds in small rooms. There are two well fitted out warm kichens and of […]

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Sunday, April 23, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Dumbarton Rock and Castle

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April 2023 On a beautiful clear winter day I went with the Glasgow Health Culture Club to walk to Dumbarton Rock from Dalmuir. We took the train from Glasgow to Dalmuir on the western outskirts. The walk began as we joined the Forth and Clyde Canal on the towpath where we were constantly avoiding cyclists […]

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Friday, March 31, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Neilston to Darnley

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March, 2023 Neilston On a winter walk I went with Glasgow Ramblers from Neilston to Darnley. From Glasgow City Centre we took the train to Neilston, which is in the south west of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Neilston is mentioned in documents from the 12th century, when the feudal lord Robert de Croc, endowed a […]

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Dram Walk

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Dram Walk, February 2023 As the first walk of the New Year, Glasgow Health Culture Rambling Club put on a walk in Mugdock Park where we stop for drams to celebrate the New Year.  The contact for the club is Roshni.. The club is Glasgow’s Oldest Rambling Club and was founded in September 1902. They […]

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Inverkip

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January, 2023 Inverkip Village Inverkip is a village in the historic county of Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland about 30 miles west of Glasgow at the Firth of Clyde. It takes its name from the River Kip and is served by Inverkip Railway Station.  In 1170 Baldwin de Bigres, Sheriff of Lanark, […]

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Saturday, December 31, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary: Kincraig

December, 2022 Aviemore Recently I visited Aviemore with walking friends to stay in Kincraig to celebrate 25 years of the group being formed.  Aviemore is a town in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. It’s known for its close proximity to the secluded lochs, ancient forest, mountain trails and ski runs of the […]

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Raasay

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Raasay – November, 2022 Raasay is an island off the coast of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides in North West Scotland. Skye is connected to the mainland by a bridge and travel to Raasay is by a short ferry journey from Sconser on Skye. There is a new ferry called the MV […]

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Monday, October 31, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary: Norway

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Norway, Olden and Alesund – October, 2022 Recently I was on a cruise to Norway. This was my fifth visit to Norway and I have visited most of Norway from south to north and out to Svalbard. All the visits have been fascinating but this time I specifically wanted to visit Ålesund for the famous […]

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Friday, September 30, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary – Arran

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September, 2022 The Isle of Arran is one of the most southerly Scottish islands and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and the Kintyre peninsula. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. The west coast of Arran has spectacular bays and coastline […]

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Royal Deeside and Balmoral

River Dee

Royal Deeside I spent some time in Royal Deeside and Ballater recently with some friends. It’s about 5 hours by bus from Glasgow via Aberdeen and is located in Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland. Royal Deeside follows the River Dee in to the heart of the Grampian Mountains. It’s a fine-looking area that […]

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Thursday, July 28, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Walks

Helen Rose’s Ourdoor Diary: English Lakes, Coniston

Path to Grasmere Tarn

July, 2022 Coniston The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter. The Bearsden and Milngavie […]

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Stirling

Six Mile Walk with Glasgow Ramblers, June 2022 It has been said that ‘Stirling, like a huge brooch clasps Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland together. And he who holds Stirling holds Scotland.’ It is in central Scotland and the lowest bridging point on the River Forth. It is full of ancient royal history and interesting […]

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Corran, Strontian. May 2022

Bunkhouse view silhouettes

Corran There is an annual trip for the weekend by Glasgow HF Outdoor Club to the Bunkhouse at Corran. This is a misnomer as there are no bunks and it is a very comfortable private hostel mainly in two bedded rooms with a TV.  The views are stunning from the bunkhouse over to Ardgour.  There […]

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Saturday, April 30, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary: University of Glasgow. April 2022

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Helen Rose Outdoors This is dedicated to the late Mary O’Donnell, a great friend and a very kind person, sadly missed. University of Glasgow In Glasgow there are three universities, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and Westend of Glasgow where I live. It is also my alma mater having graduated there twice. Obviously I […]

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Thursday, March 31, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Castle Semple Trail, March 2022

Lochwinnoch-swans

Helen Rose Outdoors Lochwinnoch Lochwinnoch (in Scottish Gaelic, Loch Uinneach) is a village in the historic county of Renfrewshire in west central Scotland. Lying on the banks of Castle Semple Loch and the River Calder, Lochwinnoch is chiefly a residential dormitory village serving nearby urban centres such as Glasgow. The Glasgow HF Outdoor Club organised a […]

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Monday, February 28, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

New York. February 2022.

Helen Rose Outdoors. Hamilton On a recent visit to friends in New York, I travelled around on the subway. I have been to New York many times and always find something new to spend time on. I am really impressed by the New York parks and the pride that the city takes in them. The […]

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Monday, January 31, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary: New Lanark and Falls of Clyde.

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January, 2022 New Lanark New Lanark is a village on the River Clyde near Lanark and some 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Glasgow, my home city. It was founded in 1786 by David Dale who built cotton mills and housing for the mill workers. Dale built the mills there in a brief partnership with […]

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Saturday, January 1, 2022 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Ardrishaig. December 2021

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Ardrishaig As we are still in the grip of the Covid 19 Pandemic, exotic travel is not possible and most of my blogs have been fairly local, however, The Glasgow Ramblers arranged a weekend trip to Ardrishaig . They are an excellent walking club and very welcoming to new members. Also, I like that The […]

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

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