I have been an active hillwalker for as long as I remember. I remember my first climb, Ben Lomond in Scotland on Remembrance Day when I was about 12 with my local scout troop (7th Paisley JNI) run by Ian Barr (John T.K. Barr) who, unfortunately, passed away a couple of years ago. When I climb the hills today, I always give a little nod to Ian Barr as he was the one who inspired me to start climbing the hills all those years ago.
This first climb was the start of a long love of the Scottish countryside that has never left me. During my scouting days, I found a book in my early teens by the Scottish mountaineer Tom Wier called Highland Days which inspired me even more, so after my Scouting days, I yearned to continue my adventures into the mountains. I continued my hillwalking with various clubs around the local area, including the Paisley Ramblers and The Paisley Hillwalking Club.
I walk mostly with my partner now with some occasional excursions with the Paisley Ramblers.
I hope you enjoy reading about my walks and become inspired yourself to perhaps don a pair of hiking boots and take to the hills as I have done for over 20 years.