Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Staying dry in a Berghaus Monsoon Jacket.

I was really pleased to be asked to test out a Berghaus Monsoon Waterproof jacket over the last few weeks. Unfortunately it has been so dry in Scotland that up until two days ago I haven't been able to test it to it's full potential. Today was a full on deluge on Mull and I wore the jacket most of the day whilst working on a multi activity course at Tavool House Outdoor Centre. The jacket is constructed out of AQ2 material and certainly kept me dry. It 'beaded up' well and the rain slipped off instantly. The hood packs away into the collar and when packed away it is very neat. The hood has good draw cords but no peak. It fitted well. The pockets on the front are secured with a zip and protected by a flap. There is a solid draw cord around the waist and this keeps the jacket comfortably down around the hips. The wrist closures are velcro and heavy duty. The colour of Green was perfect for an evening fly fishing. It might not be to all tastes but does look smart.
The Monsoon Jacket is lovely jacket for walking and smart casual wear. I will certainly wear it again and again. Berghaus products can be found at

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer season at Tavool House Outdoor Centre on Mull.

Hebridean Pursuits summer season is in full swing out at Tavool House Outdoor Centre. We have had some amazing weather so far and the young people that have been on the Roses Project residentials have been so up for the challenges of real outdoor activities it is brilliant. The rest of the summer and autumn are full at Tavool and we are set for some exciting times in the hills and at sea here on Mull. We have appointed a Modern Apprentice. Glen will be working alongside us and training with us over the next year. It will be a constructive and engaging time with Glen who will be learning outside in Scotland in all the seasons in the hills and at sea.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Roses Project Outdoor Learning Academy. Mountain Module.

The Roses Project Outdoor Learning Academy. We are proud to announce the first intake of 8 young people onto The Roses Project Outdoor Learning Academy. Based in the central highlands and Glencoe areas, the students will attend training modules in hill walking, rock climbing, scrambling and winter mountaineering. They will also attend a week long residential training course at Tavool House on Mull. We are keen to offer a water based module in 2015 including, sea kayaking, surf kayaking, surfing, canyoning, coasteering and canoeing
. For more information contact Andy Spink,

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The calm before the summer season at Tavool House on Mull.

The Hebridean Pursuits team are busy preparing for a busy summer season at Tavool House on Mull. We have appointed a modern apprentice, He will be working alongside our instructors and guides for the next year and we are just about roll out our 'Roses Project Outdoor Learning Academy Course' which will start in the autumn. This will offer 8 young people the chance to gain immense experience through real experiences in the mountains and on the crags. Experienc
e is key!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


A big mention to a very helpful Nick at the internet based outdoor retailer called Banana Fingers. Very helpful,supportive and informative over sizing of clothing. They have a large range of interesting and different equipment and clothing. 'Cool for Cats and Dogs!'. Please check them out!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Four days working in a sublime Torridon.

Over the last four days I have been working in the Torridon mountain range for The University of the Highlands and Islands. The 3rd year degree students from the Adventure Tourism Management course have planed a journey linking all the learning centres of the west coast together using cycle,canoe,kayak and foot. My leg, was Annat on Loch Torridon to Kinlochewe. It was amazing trip, a classic end of May weather pattern, of light breeze and warm sunny conditions. Bagging a number of peaks along the way, which
was a bonus. I saw no one until Kinlochewe and didn't even get bitten by a midge!