The Hills are Alive

3rd April 2021

Covid -19

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.

This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

The first full day of ‘Stay Local’ and the hill access car parks were full to overflowing as folk took advantage of the good weather and spring snowpack conditions. Also, some feathered summer visitors have returned to our hills – see checklist below of birds spotted (and/or heard) today. The snow cover has reverted to the patchy and firm old snowpack, most of which remains above 850m. Many hills are predominantly bare.

(Above 2 photos) The Fannaich hills of (left to right) Sgurr Breac (999m.), Toman Coinnich (935m.) and A’ Chailleach (997m.). Partial cloud in the morning mostly cleared by midday to give good sunny periods. The most recent snow cover has gone due to the mild conditions.

(Above) Looking through to the Torridon hills of Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Slioch on the right. The middle peak with runnels of snow on its NE flank is Ruadh-stac Mor (1010m.), the highest top of Beinn Eighe.

Twitcher’s Checklist – Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Greenshank, Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Ptarmigan, Raven, Red Throated Diver.


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