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What’s on and what’s new in Stockbridge

Singled out as the best place to live in Scotland, Stockbridge visitors will be familiar with its character, history and vibrancy.

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Thousands of runners take part in the Great Scottish Run every year. Picture: Hemedia

Everything you need to know about the Great Scottish Run

THE Bank of Scotland Great scottish Run has been described as “Scotland’s biggest weekend of running”, here’s how you can get you and your family involved.

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The stunningly beautiful Castle Stalker. Picture: Wikimedia

Five stunning Scottish castles you can only reach by boat

WHETHER they be soaring towers, majestic keeps or derelict ruins, there is something magical about Scotland’s castles, especially those that seem almost impossible to reach.

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Ross O'Sullivan swam the length of the River Severn in 18 days in April. Picture: Contributed

Adventurer prepares to swim 65 miles across Scotland for charity

An outdoor swimmer who has previously conquered the River Severn is preparing for what could be his toughest challenge yet - swimming from Fort William to Inverness via a series of chilly lochs.

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A view of Goatfell on Arran. Picture: TSPL

Concern for pensioner missing on Arran

Concern is growing for an elderly woman missing overnight on the Isle of Arran.

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Swap your yoga mats for paddleboards with Scotland's newest fitness craze. Picture: Sattva Wellness

Introducing Scotland’s newest fitness craze - SUP Yoga

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) yoga is the latest fitness and wellbeing trend to hit Scotland’s shores, with several new classes launching across the country, here’s why you should try it out.

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You can take in the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the NC500. Picture: TSPL

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s North Coast 500 road trip

DESCRIBED as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 stretches along Scotland’s northern coastline, taking in some of the most breathtaking views the country has to offer. Here is everything you need to about embarking on a trip along this magnificent route.

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Dont be daunted by Ben Aans pointy summit  the way up is a lot easier than it looks. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Ben A’an, Trossachs

Don’t be daunted by Ben A’an’s pointy summit – the way up is a lot easier than it looks

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Crew-members of "Endurance" launch the Stancomb Wills, one of vessel's three lifeboats. Picture: AP

Roger Cox: South Georgia and Shackleton on my mind

I saw a little figure on a surf-beaten rock and recognised Wild. As I came nearer I called out, ‘Are you all well?’ and he answered, ‘we are all well boss,’ and then I heard three cheers.”

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Looking towards Scalasaig, Colonsay. Picture: Contributed

Island life on Colonsay will get under your skin

New Zealander Linda McLaughlan grew up hearing about the magic of Colonsay. When the author was finally able to visit, what she discovered exceeded her expectations

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Jo Whiley in her garden. Picture: PA

How to create space outdoors to enjoy sound of nature

Green-fingered DJ Jo Whiley tells Hannah Stephenson how to make an outdoor musical haven

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Tagged hen harrier Elwood has disappeared. Picture: Contributed

Tagged hen harrier chick missing on grouse moor

A young male hen harrier has become the latest satellite-tagged bird of prey to disappear on a grouse moor in the Scottish Highlands.

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Surely one of the most stunning-yet-unusual photos of all time? Picture: Carloway FC

Lewis football team snaps cup victory photo with a difference

There are celebratory cup pictures and there are extraordinary ones.

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Cal Flyn on She Oak, who distracted her from her more serious purpose Down Under. Picture: Contributed

Jillaroo finds a kindred spirit in the Outback

I arrived in Tamworth, to be picked up the next day by Tim Skerritt, the owner of a cattle station an hour’s drive out of town. Tim’s 1,280-acre property offers greenhorns and travellers an opportunity to learn the skills required for station work: aspiring station hands (or “jackaroos” and “jillaroos”) can try their hands at mustering sheep and cattle, learn the basics of field and fence care, and take away the all-important letter of recommendation to show potential employers.

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Sean Conway during the World Cycle Race. Picture: Contributed

Sean Conway on challenge of around the world race by bike

Looking for adventure, Sean Conway signed up to race around the world by bike. It would change his life for ever

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Proposed Victoria Road section of South City Way in Glasgow

Glasgow to get £6.5m Copenhagen-style cycle route

A revolutionary new cycle route into Glasgow city centre to encourage timid cyclists has today won a design contest and £6.5 million funding.

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Surfing will now be a sport at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Picture: Getty Images

Roger Cox: Surfing to be at Olympics 2020 but now problems begin

One decadent evening a few weeks back, thanks to the black magic of the interweb, I was able to stay up into the wee small hours watching heat after heat of the World Surf League contest at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Some of the best surfers in the world tackling one of the best waves in the world in not-far-off optimal conditions – it was mesmerising stuff.

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Dig For Victory posters from the Second World War. Picture: Getty Images

Allotment Tales: Battles on Home Front changed landscape

The centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest of the First World War, is being commemorated this year. As the conflict dragged on, a stark realisation that the war was going to be a long, drawn-out affair dawned. Germany was nearly self-sufficient in home-grown food compared with only 45 per cent of UK food being home-produced. The Dig for Victory campaign is associated with the Second World War, but providing home-grown food was just as important in the First World War as German U-boats targeted food supply ships.

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Alastair Robertson - bye-line pics for Scotsman Magazine... picture by Donald MacLeod 14.01.07

Alastair Robertson: After the storm, the pigeon shoot

We had a monsoon the other night. Sheets of rain going on in three directions all at once. Lightning, thunder, the lot. Never seen the like, as they say. The downside, for my neighbour, was that his winter barley went flat.

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Couples who walk to the top of Arthur's Seat have been leaving so-called love locks for several years. Picture: Cat Gillon/TSPL

Love locks removed from Arthur’s Seat

DOZENS of love locks which were fitted by couples to metal bars at the top of Arthur’s Seat have been removed, it has emerged.

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