Highland Dancing is a very energetic and physical form of Dancing, it takes a lot of hard work and determination to excell as well as the necessity to be very very fit. My wife Donna in her time was an extremely successful Highland Dancer and now my Daughter Heather is following in her footsteps. As well as finishing in the top 6 in numerous championships in Scotland she has finished 7th in the Canadian Championships, was 16 years English Champion and was the 2016,2018 and 2019 Adult English Champion and also in 2015 she became one of the top 20 Highland Dancers in the World by merit of qualifiying for the finals of the World Championships.
Taking Heather to competitions almost every weekend means; with the odd exception, a trip up to Scotland to places such as Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Dumfries in our faithfull old Pug, named Blueberry esmerelda Muffin II by Heather.

Blueberry Esmerelda Muffin II parked at the head of Glen Doll,Angus

A Highland Dancing Competition usually lasts all day and as it was impractical to nip home I needed something to fill my day in after I dropped the girls at their competition
Before I was married and had a family my favourite passtime was heading off into the Cheviot Hills or the Lake District to look for any remaining wreckage of Aircraft which had crashed, usually during WWII. I enjoyed doing this instead of simply heading for the summits as it was more of a navigational challenge, it gave me a target and it got me off the beaten track, allowing me to see sights otherwise overlooked by the masses. The first crash site I visited with my Dad way back in 1979 was Lancaster KB745 on the Cheviot.

2Crash site of Lancaster KB745 on the Cheviot, only tiny fragments remain on the surface.

Thus when my Daughter started travelling to Highland Dancing competitions every weekend in Scotland I was able to resume my hobby and once I find out where she is competing I will research if there was any Plane crashes in the area which I can visit to fill my day in.
Including my first shift of wreck hunting in the 1980's/90's I have now visited over 220 crash sites.

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Cheatah Engine from Avro Anson on Ben Mcdui

This website is about my days out in the Hills visiting crash sites, it is not intended as a walkers guide or as an in depth account of the circumstances behind the crashes, there's plenty of other publications dealing with those subjects. My website is simply an account of what I did to pass the time when My daughter was Highland Dancing.

Heather after winning a trophy at the 2015 Aberdeen Championships

 I have now added the mileage I walked and the total altitude climbed onto the webpages. I work this out by entering waypoints of my route into a gps map which then tells me the distance covered. However I have now been given a fitbit for a birthday present, this gives me a much more accurate reading of the distance I cover as it counts all the small bends in a path and all the small diversions to check out pieces of wreckage or to go up and down peat groughs, around peat hags or spaggy moss, boggy areas etc, whereas working it out on the map just gives a straight line from one waypoint to the next. All the little deviances from a straight line add up and in one instance they added up to an extra 7.5 mile.

I would like to thank all the researchers and Aviation Archaeology experts whose books and publications have provided me with valuable information about the locations of these crashsites. I would also like to thank in particular Alan Leishman of the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Jim Corbett of ACIA and Stuart Whittaker.

Further information about most of the Aircraft involved can be found by visiting