My hiking and Munro bagging journey

Since last year I have wanted to try new things, see new places and just try and have a better life and gain more experience / knowledge in everything I do and see.

I started to see more of Europe which was really good, and it gave me the travel bug…which unfortunately due to whats happened this year thats been put on hold.

I also had a list of things I wanted to do before I was 40, and managed to tick a few off but there are still a few things and hiking was one of them.

I wanted to at least say i’ve bagged one Munro, and say i’ve done it and seen the view from the top… I can say that.

To Start With

I am new to hiking so I had no clue where to start, but the most logical step would be to order some hiking gear.

I have already some hiking boots, and gloves but thats really it so I ordered the following :

  • Walking sticks
  • Gaiters
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers

Unfortunately by the time I did the 2nd and 3rd one, all I got sent was one stick, the jacket and eventually the gaiters (but too late).

My First Scottish Hike (Ben A’nn)

Not a Munro but it was a good one to start with.

I had no clue where to start, and one of my friends that I follow on Instagram does a lot of hiking and touring Scotland so I thought she would be the best person to ask.

She recommended Ben A’nn, so I did a quick search and found its location and some more details about it. It looked ok, and from the pictures I thought yeah lets do it.

  • Elevation: 454 m⁣
  • Prominence: 32 m⁣⠀

Till recently I would say probably last two months I was a nervous driver, and now not so much driving doesn’t bother me.

From my start location to Ben A’nn it was only around just over an hours drive, so I packed my bag with food, drinks etc and set off early morning.

This would be my second hike as my first was Bucegi Mountains (Munții Bucegi) in Romania, which was really amazing and would be up for doing again and if I did I would aim to get a little higher than I did at that point.⁣

The start part was easy but took your breath away a little, then it went nice and flat for a bit, then a tricky part to the top. I think the reason it was more difficult than it should have been, was due to the amount of people there as you had to stop and start.⁣⠀

A lady gave me one of her walking sticks to help me, as she said she only needed one and I had to just keep it which was really nice.

On reaching the top the cloud cover was blocking my view but I didn’t care, I did it and enjoyed the hike. The bad part was when I started my decent, thats when it started to clear.

I will go back when the weather is better so I can fully appreciate the view.

MY FIRST and Second Munro

I saw recently a lot of people have been doing Ben Lomond, so I thought I would give it a go. ⠀

I got up early one recent Sunday morning and drove to Ben Lomond, this was a new drive for me as one I was on my own and two I have never done this journey before.

I was 17mins away when the cars were stopped by the police to say that the car park was full, this was at 9am wow that fast and I was a little disappointed. 

I had other places on my list to hike so I had to come up with a new plan, so I drove to Crianlarich and bagged my first Munro “An Caisteal“ Altitude: 995 metres

Since I did one and was near another why not bag two which I did “Beinn a’Chroin” 942 meters

Total time 9 hours and 19.2km in total……I could barley walk the next day but it was worth it for the views…..and the people that you overtake or overtake you are lovely and can get a nice wee chat.

Overall :

I learned a lot doing these hikes, more hiking the two Munro’s.

Hiking is a dangerous hobby, and unless you have experience in some hikes I would say start with the easy ones or find a hiking group.

The two Munro’s I did, had parts that if I wasn’t careful I could have hurt myself, but lucky there were people passing you every now and then and I had an app on my iPhone (AllTrails) which kept me on the right path all the way from start to end.

I also needed proper gear, I was perfectly fine and comfy with what I wore but if the weather changes I should really have the correct gear which I have recently ordered.

The good part is after all the moaning in your head and thoughts about turning back, once you reach the top thats when you know and feel that it was worth it.

I needed to try and calm my mind and yes it did help for that time, and I sat with the amazing view, the silence and felt very at peace.

The next day I struggled to walk, but I had the amazing photos and memories from the top.

I aim to try and get a few more Munro’s bagged so keep watching.

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Planning Ahead: How To Have An Awesome Skiing Holiday

There’s no escaping the fact that COVID-19 has delayed or postponed many people’s holiday plans. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for your future holidays once life has returned to normal.

You may not have a clear idea of when you can next go on holiday. But, you can start thinking about where you want to go, and who you’d like to take along with you. If you’re stuck for holiday ideas, have you thought about going somewhere to do a spot of skiing?

Skiing is such a fun thing to do on your holidays, and it also means you get to keep fit at the same time! If you’re new to skiing or have only ever done that once before in your life, this handy guide is for you.

Here’s what you need to know about planning your next ski holiday so that you and your party can have a fantastic time:

Practice makes perfect

Did you know that there are plenty of places around the UK where you can perfect your skiing skills? Britain is home to some fantastic indoor ski slopes where you can go skiing all year round.

Before you go on your skiing holiday, it makes sense to devote some time to perfecting your skiing. Yes, you could still practice at your skiing holiday. However, learning how to ski in a more controlled environment makes more sense.

Go shopping for ski-friendly clothing

Let’s face it: you don’t want to go skiing wearing some shorts and a T-shirt! Similarly, you don’t want to wear several layers of clothing that can hamper your skiing and even your balance on the slopes.

With those two thoughts in mind, spend some time researching the best clothing to wear during your ski adventures. Once you’ve got a shortlist of clothes to buy, you can then purchase them ahead of your skiing holiday.

Whenever you go on a holiday that involves activities like skiing, it always makes sense to prepare well for your adventures. Don’t leave things like clothes shopping to the last minute. It’ll only make you feel stressed out and anxious before you fly!

Research the best ski resort for your needs

Are you going skiing alone? Perhaps you’re going with your family or friends (or both)? And do you have a modest budget, or would you prefer to save the pennies and work to a shoestring budget?

As you can imagine, there are many different ski resorts where you can stay. For example, chalets such as Chalet Neve allow up to 14 guests to stay under the one roof. But, if you’re travelling solo, you might prefer a hotel room instead.

Check out the best flight options

If you can’t teleport yourself places, you’ll need to fly to your skiing holiday destination! The good news is you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to flight options. There are several major airports in the UK that you can fly from, and you’re bound to have one near where you live.

Websites like Kayak and Skyscanner let you search for flights from a plethora of airlines. Additionally, you should bear the following points in mind when you’re looking at flight options online:

  • You can sometimes get lower prices by visiting an airline’s ‘local’ website;
  • The UK is no longer part of the EU. That means you’ll need to research if there are any visa requirements for the country you visit;
  • Be flexible with your flight times. That’s because you can sometimes make substantial savings by travelling at different times or even days.

Find out about ski resort discounts in advance

Some people new to skiing holidays won’t know that they can make significant savings by doing things in a certain way. For example, some ski resort centres may offer discounts on things like equipment rental and ski lifts to other ski resorts.

You can easily find out about savings by spending some time researching the subject on Google. Taking advantage of such discounts means you’ll have more money to spend on things like food and entertainment during your holiday.

Organise your travel insurance in advance

Nobody wants to think about the bad things that could happen to them while they’re on holiday. Yet things don’t always go to plan for some holidaymakers. That’s why it makes sense to organise and buy your travel insurance well in advance of your skiing holiday.

Travel insurance is quite affordable, even if you’re on a tight budget. And for such little outlay, you’ve got guaranteed peace of mind knowing you won’t be out of pocket should something terrible happen on holiday.

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Foreplay Crazy Golf (Glasgow) : Review

Foreplay Crazy Golf
124 Portman Street
G41 1EJ

V: 29th September 2019

I am not really Mr sports in any way, I have done Karate and Tennis in the past and been to a few Ice Hockey games and that’s really it for me.

I have never really had any interest in golf, or even crazy golf but I got a wee invite to come along to Foreplay Crazy Golf and see what it was like.

To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect, but was that a good thing? well keep reading.

First Impressions :

On entering I had a look about, and what I saw looked very interesting.

The guys at the desk welcomed me and explained what would be happening today.

I would be getting one round on one course, and one round on the second course.

The guy who was giving us the golf clubs and balls was very funny and informative at the same time, keep a watch out for this guy he will defo put a smile on your face.

Course One :

Well now this is where it got interesting, I have never held a club or swung a club so I didn’t know what to expect from my game today….lets see what happens.

My girlfriend and I went through this course, sometimes needing more than a few attempts at getting it in the hole but we did manage in the end.

I won this round woohoo

Course Two :

This one looked a lot harder, so I was very excited to start.

Yip, this one was much harder and did require both of us to have a lot more attempts on some, but with the practice from course one some were ok and didnt need as many as we both expected.

This was a very fun course, and I would like to say I won again but nope my girlfriend won this one.

Food & Drink:

There is a bar here and also a food area.

The bar serves alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, and from a board that was on display looked like they did very nice cocktails (unfortunately I was driving so couldn’t have one).

The food are was by The Prague Shack and the food displayed on the menu sounded very good. I had to try the burger here, as I love my burgers.

Beef Burger £7 (today £3.50)

This was a really tasty burger, and one I would recommend as I really enjoyed it.

Cost wise, today for £3.50 (I got it half price) it was very good value…normal price at £7 hmmm a little costly but they have rent to pay etc so its just a hmmm for cost.

  • Taste : 5
  • Presentation : 4
  • Value for Money : 3 (just due to the cost but a very nice burger)

Overall :

WOW ok! I was very surprised how much fun I had today, I really didnt expect to enjoy it as much and so much I want to return with some friends.

This was a fun filled little day out, and its fun for all the family.

The little Glasgow touches on the courses were very cool, and I will come back and have another game or two.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: n/a
  • Overall : 5

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Additional Details

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Payment : Cash & Card
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