Pentlands Navigation

I was out in the Pentlands this evening with Alan, Lorn and Paul looking at hill navigation. We started from the Ranger Centre near the Flotterstone and headed around the Castle Law and Fala Knowe area with a fair bit of time off the paths looking at bearings and pacing.

Turnhouse Hill at dusk this evening.

Carnethy and Turnhouse Hills at dusk this evening.

It was a beautiful evening with a cool breeze. The Pentland Hills are pretty dry at the moment, but there are still some boggy spots off the paths.


Euan and I were running in the Pentland Hills today recceing a route for an event later in the year. The paths and ground generally are pretty wet at the moment after the recent rain. Sunshine and showers through the afternoon with a cool south-westerly wind. Some great views when the weather cleared.

Typiclal Pentlands view, though not from today and not Euan as I forgot to take photos.

Typiclal Pentlands view, though not from today and not Euan as I forgot to take photos.

Navigation Course in the Pentlands

Today I was delivering a hill walking navigation course in the Pentlands for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The course went well with lots of new skills being acquired.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

The Pentlands are relatively dry for the time of year with underfoot conditions being pretty good both on and off paths. It was warm in the sunshine, but cool in the shade or the wind, with the odd flake of snow falling at times.

Pentlands and the Trossachs

I’ve spent quite a lot of the last two weeks supervising Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) qualifying expeditions for the City of Edinburgh Council Outdoor Education.

Evening light on Stuc a'Chroin

Evening light on Stuc a’Chroin

The expeditions included traverses through the Pentlands and the Trossachs. The weather was generally very kind, but a couple of the Silver Groups did particularly well to keep good spirits through a day and night of fairly incessant rain in the Trossachs.

Wild camping above Callander.

Wild camping above Callander.

Pentlands Navigation

On Saturday and Sunday I was out in the Pentland Hills delivering navigation courses for Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The weather was relatively kind with just the odd shower and some fairly strong winds on the tops on Sunday.

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The participants were keen to learn, which made for a very good and enjoyable two days.

Lowland Leader Award Assessment

For the past couple of days I have been out on a Lowland Leader Award assessment. The first day was spent in the Carron Valley and the second in the Pentland Hills. Congratulations to all the candidates for their efforts over the past two days.

The course was organised by the Outdoor Activitites department of Falkirk Community Trust. Check out their website for more course dates.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out yesterday in the Pentlands running a Navigation Course for Ramblers Scotland. The group were enthusiastic and asked lots of questions, which made for a great course.

The group on top of Caerketton Hill

The team on top of Caerketton Hill

The winds were Easterly and cool, but there was no rain and the hills were drier away from the paths than I’d expected.

Pentlands & Ochils

I was working in the Forth Valley today for Falkirk Community Trust. There was a thin covering of snow to low levels. The Pentlands appeared to have a light cover of snow with scouring on the windward sides. The Ochils looked to have a better cover though probably on the thin side for skiing.

Pentlands Navigation

Yesterday Glenn & I were out in the Pentlands with a group from the Quickdraw Club looking at navigation and orienteering. We made use of the orienteering course at Hillend before taking in Caerketton and Allermuir Hills.

A view of Arthur's Seat from the Pentlands

A view of Arthur’s Seat from the Pentlands

The weather remained fine all day with light Westerly winds and great views. The group were excellent and put in to practice the skills learnt in a classroom session with Glenn on Friday.

Pentlands Navigation Course

I was out today in the Pentlands with a group from the Edinburgh Council Adult Education Programme. We were looking Navigation for Hillwalking. We used the area just South and West of the ski area, which has some excellent featured ground for looking at contour interpretation and managed to take in the tops of Caerketton and Allermuir Hills as well.

Descending at dusk with Arthur's Seat in the distance

Descending from the Pentlands with Arthur’s Seat in the distance

No rain during the day, broken cloud above the summits and only light winds. The ground is saturated, but paths and tracks weren’t too muddy.