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.

Comments

  1. nice view ,i 'am not sure to clearly understand the play on word ;)
    have a look to my post tomorrow ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks, now I know what Munro-bagging is. I can´t do it much as we don´t have that many classified hills near us, but it must be a fun activity.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is so beautiful! What a strange way of classifying hills, lol. Odd, indeed. Certainly doesn't take away from the beauty.

    ReplyDelete
  4. A beautiful view with that misty looking left edge softening the shot. I didn't know hills had all those classifictions! I have a friend named Corbett and will have to tell her how she is related to hills in Scotland :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. like this shot...how it draws you into it...and your post about hills and mountains informative.
    thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a beautiful shot. the sparkling sun over the foggy valley. Or is that your flu induced fog? LOl MB

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great scenery and thanks for sharing the useful information.

    ReplyDelete
  8. We visited Scotland last year and its beautiful, love your shot.

    ReplyDelete
  9. These views are incredible the vastness and tones are very atmospheric.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Whow! The contrast between your beautiful country and my also beautiful country are the mountains and hills. I think it was 25 years ago we were in Scotland, but the remembrance is still very much alive.
    OT: Yes, my SWF was Thursdays sunrise. The sky was just an small hour that beautiful and then turned completely grey and it started to rain. Have a good weekend and till next SWF!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks to everyone for the comments.
    Babzy, 'to bag' veut dire 'empocher', et 'to brag' means 'se vanter'.

    ReplyDelete
  12. thanks ! yes it's forbidden to park here ;)

    ReplyDelete
  13. The sun shines like a guiding star above the mountains. Lovely shot.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great picture. I love the hills and learning that there are different classifications is interesting too. I thought there were mountains and hills..silly LOL

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wonderful. I like the single tree and the misty background. Must have been a lovely walk up there.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts