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Fabulous - I've been enjoying Nicholas's work for a few years now. Didn't realise he lives in the Cairngorms now - just down the road from me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Actually, I think he's in Skye these days. Thanks for looking, Lynn!

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Still only a couple of hours away, lol

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Apparently gorm means blue? I don't suppose the rock cairns are actually blue?

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No, the mountains aren't blue, but definitely there is green. Although when they shimmer in the sun, I suppose there can be a blue tint.

Cairn Gorm - Gaelic: An Cร rn Gorm, meaning Blue or Green Hill

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Gorgeous!

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Right? Do you know Nicholas' work? Watch the video!

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already saved for my next break window :)

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Love the sound of the Bothy book and we loved the Nicholas J R White piece for Ignant Magazine so much it has twice featured in our Field Notes for Curious Minds. Great post, Andy.

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The Bothy book cover is fantastic and so is the whole idea of bothies really... I remember learning about them when I started visiting the UK regularly, still haven't hiked to one though! Maybe one day...

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I was hiking with a friend at the weekend, and we talked about how we both wish we could take better photos that properly reflect the beauty of the South Wales mountains.

But even without good skills, I'm really enjoying taking photos of trees and flowers opening up and growing into spring. Modern phones do allow very amateur (at best!) photographers to take some decent photos! They'd never win any awards or make me any money, but I enjoy the time I spend taking them, and looking at them afterwards

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It was a lovely walk down memory lane, thank you for sharing. Nicholas's work is a treat as well, and I second the urge to visit or move to Scotland.

We visited Speanbridge village, Northern Scotland in 2022 summer and fell in love with it. Moving to Scotland is still in our books.

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Apr 19Liked by Andy Adams

Really love Nicholasโ€™s photography and listened to a podcast as well he was on a while ago (The Land Behind). https://spotify.link/0V3seBfBVIb

Will share some spring photos once I get the film developed!

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Nice! Thanks, Gordon.

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Apr 19Liked by Andy Adams

Let me know if you do come to do the West Highland Way. Iโ€™m just down the road from the starting point.

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Hello Mr. Scott. I'm Mr. Canada, ha ha. Can you confirm or deny that gorm means blue, and therefore cairngorms would mean blue cairns? Are there blue piles of stone therabouts?

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Hello! Alas, as a sassenach, I havenโ€™t a clue

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In that video thingie at I think 1:31 there's a cairn and my eyes are bleary before first coffee and it looks like a lady. Maybe that's on purpose. But whose purpose, you might well ask...

I looked up "bothy" and it does seem to be related to booth, and if I'd thought about it I might have gotten to bower. Canadians have bunkie but it's probably not related, not even the idea, because for Canadians it's a possessive sort of thing, even if it's related to summer largesse in the cottage sense.

More fun still (for those of you willing to risk a third paragraph this deep in someone's comments basement) is that bothy finds its deepest roots in that mother of all languages, the great pie of India, or PIE as the linguists call it. And that root is...being itself. A fact that is likely to be covered in the book. In this age of infinite typos--even in titles--I was prepared for the worst when I saw the word "Bothy," as you can imagine.

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