On 19 March 2016 I became the first person to complete the British Marilyn hills on the mainland. Four others beat me to it by completing on the same 'hill' Stac Lee, St Kilda in October 2014 and 2015. I decided to buck the trend by making my final Marilyn the splendid Leum Uilleim (906m P496) in the midst of Rannoch Moor. However, I did not buck the trend of English men completing the list. Scotland may have the majority of the hills, however it certainly does not have the majority of the baggers, yet.
|Will the Scotrail train be on time?|
|Watch the Trainspotting clip to see this bridge has been around for quite a while|
|1556 out of 1556 Marilyns|
|The exhausting task of cutting the cake.|
|Rick pointing out his house in Cumbria, in the distance|
|Managed to get a mouthful of the malt before everyone else finished it off.|
In the evening we further celebrated with a meal at the Stronlossit Inn, Roy Bridge.
I chose Leum Uilleim partly because, believe it or not, it was the most accessible Marilyn I had left to do. However, it was partly because of the Trainspotting connection. When asked why the book/film was called Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh said that trainspotting makes no sense to non-participants. Likewise, the same applies to heroin addiction: to non-addicts the act seems completely pointless whereas, to someone hooked on heroin, it makes absolute sense. Fits hill-bagging for me.
Most of the photos in the blog posting were taken by other people. If they object to me using their pictures, tough :-)