Skywatch - South from Ben Rinnes
As an antidote to yesterday's less-than-sparking snow, a clear view southwards from the slopes of Ben Rinnes. My husband and daughter climbed it just before New Year (my son and I were convalescing from flu, and it was very frustrating to look out at this perfect day in that muzzy, fuggy post-flu stage).
A great deal is made of the classification of hills in Scotland. The higher ones, over 3,000 feet, are called 'Munros' (after Sir Hugh T Munro of Lindertis, who in 1891 published a table of hills considered to be over 3,000 feet). Corbetts are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, and have a re-ascent of 500 feet on all sides. Legalistic stuff! John Corbett was a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club between the two world wars, and he in turn published his table of smaller but no less interesting hills. There is a whole one-upmanship thing about how many Munros people have climbed - the 'sport' itself is known as 'Munro-bagging' (tho if one was feeling unkind one might be tempted to call it 'Munro-bragging').
The Google map reference for Ben Rinnes is here.
Many more Skywatch photos are on the Skywatch website.