Category Archives: Food

The Quest for Breakfast Above Loch Lochy

ON the crest of a wet and desolate Cam Bealach, as rain streams in from the north, a desperate man wanders through the mire . . . Continue reading

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Mount Keen, The Mounth, and a Pan of Polish Borscht

Mountain climbed, you need good food to finish the day . . . Continue reading

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Bacon, Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

THERE’S snow on the tops and a delicious aroma of bacon drifting through the Highland community of Fersit. For a man who’s just eaten an unappetising pan of muesli made with cold water and powdered milk in a freezing tent … Continue reading

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Martindale Fells and the Three-Legged Pig of Prague

YOU think you know your parents. You presume that, after a lifetime of familiarity and togetherness, their lives, their characters and their pasts are so utterly immovable and unchangeable that they might as well be cast in stone. Then one … Continue reading

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A Mountain Ritual – Czech Cabbage Soup

A POOL of blue light, a hiss of flames, and the warming steam from hot tea as night closes in and swallows the mountains. Ah, this is the best part of the day. A wintry breeze blows cracked leaves through … Continue reading

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A Nice Piece of Tongue (The Far North – Part 2)

BEN Klibreck disappears from the rear-view mirror and sinks below the horizon. But the great, isolated pyramid of rock, upon which I stood only a few hours earlier and gazed out upon unknown mountains, looms tall and fresh in the … Continue reading

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Lip Service to Ben Klibreck (The Far North – Part 1)

GOD, the fat lip. The throbbing, grotesquely swollen lip. The price is being paid. One moment of carelessness under a dark Scottish sky while rummaging in the back of the car for a can of beer. And how many times … Continue reading

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Glenshee Munros, the Cowie Line and tank traps (Part 3)

I’M sitting in a draughty pillbox above the Glenshee ski station peering through a machine-gun slit at cars streaming down the A93 above the Devil’s Elbow. Like a British agent scanning the airwaves in a Bordeaux garret for snippets of enemy intelligence, … Continue reading

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The Yellow Brick Road to Geldie Lodge

The plan is to climb Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch – but a pregnant cow, a yellow house-brick, Braemar fish suppers, three fat ladies and a Chilean meat processing plant almost prove too much of a distraction. And that’s before we get to the UFOs . . . Continue reading

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