How an author’s running in Edinburgh helped his apocalyptic fiction flourish

A writer explains how the picturesque jogging trails around the capital ended in fictional catastrophe

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A slalom race on the Goose at Nevis Range . Picture: Steven McKenna

Roger Cox: Has Scottish skiing really had a disappointing year?

When the five Scottish ski resorts announced their end of season results earlier this month, the media didn’t seem sure what to make of them.

The C-listed Derry Lodge. Picture: Flickr

19th century hunting lodge in Cairngorms could become hostel

PLANS have been submitted to convert a dilapidated 19th-century Cairngorms hunting lodge into a hostel.

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Stonehaven wreck diver uncovers secrets of the deep in Palau, Micronesia

For his new book Stonehaven-based wreck diver Rod Macdonald travelled to Palau, Micronesia to explore the 20 Japanese warships sunk there in 1944

Glen Tanar and Mount Keen. Picture:  Nick Drainey

Scottish walks: Glen Tanar and Mount Keen

Walking up Glen Tanar creates a longer route up Mount Keen than from the more popular starting point in Glen Esk to the south.

Roger Cox. Picture: TSPL

Roger Cox: Artificial waves the only way of ensuring reliable surf

There were two significant pieces of news for surfers last week: one exciting, the other... confusing.

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The ancient pinewoods of Scotland resemble an ancient landscape

Author Clifton Bain traversed the country to research his book, The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland. Introducing an extract, he describes the haunting beauty of these woods and the need to protect them for the future

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Tourist captures ‘Loch Ness Monster’ on video

A VIDEO captured by a holidaymaker visiting Loch Ness has caused a stir on social media as to whether it is a video of the famous monster.

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Outdoor enthusiasts are being encouraged to 'adopt a path' on mountains such as The Cobbler in the Southern Highlands.

Call for walkers to ‘adopt a path’ in bid to safeguard Scottish mountains

WALKERS and outdoors enthusiasts are being asked to “adopt a path” as part of a multi-million-pound drive to safeguard some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.

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Travel: Glamping at Queensberry Bay brings luxury to the outdoors

Camping isn’t for everyone. Even glamping has its detractors. But what if you could go to a campsite and have a small pod with every home comfort provided? It’s the kind of roughing it that I could get very used to, writes Kayt Turner

A surfer at Coldingham Bay. Picture: Sean Bell

Roger Cox: Flat spells heighten appreciation of good surf

It’s looking pretty flat out there,” says J, as we pass Thorntonloch on the A1, heading south.

The ladies pool will re-open to the public following a complete refurbishment. Picture: Contributed

Images of Govanhill Baths refurbishment revealed

ITS CLOSURE in 2001 prompted street protests and roof-top demonstrations.

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Roger Cox: Fear and courage on Yosemite’s formidable El Capitan

On 14 May, Scottish climber Robbie Phillips posted on his Facebook page: “SUCCESS! I’m totally stoked to shout out from the top of El Capitan that both me and Jacob Cook successfully topped out on El Niño (5.13c) yesterday.”

A'Chailleach and Carn Sgulain Monadhliat

Scottish walks: A’chailleach and Carn Sgùlain Monadhliath

The Monadhliath Mountains are far more rounded and soft than the rugged Cairngorms to the east or Creag Meagaidh to the west.

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Gardening Scotland: An essential guide to what’s on at Ingliston

Flower lovers, foodies and families alike are guaranteed to find inspiration at Gardening Scotland, the country’s most established outdoor living event

Stirling  has been announced as the location for a major new spring marathon in 2017. 
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Stirling set to host new Scottish marathon in 2017

Stirling has been announced as the location for a new Scottish spring marathon in 2017 - starting in the Blair Drummond Safari Park.

A Wild West 'saloon', owned by Alistair Baranowski, Aberdeenshire, has been shortlisted in the Pub and Entertainment category in the Shed of the Year competition. Picture:  Cuprinol/PA

Scots in running for Shed of the Year contest

THREE Scottish designs, a saloon, a nuclear bunker and a renovated boat, have been shortlisted for the 2016 Shed of the Year award.

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Roger Cox. Picture: Neil Hanna

Roger Cox: Cols and passes of Britain get the book treatment

Don’t pass up the chance to discover 2,002 ways to route plan across Britain

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Juliana Bruhring: How I faced grief and a cyclone to cycle round the world

After experiencing the death of her partner, Juliana Buhring set out to ride around the world. Some 18,000 miles, 152 days, 4 continents, 19 countries and a cyclone later she made it

Scots athlete Freya Murray trains on Edinburgh's Arthur's Seat. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Seven running routes in Scotland that come with great views

The nights are lighter and the days are warmer, so lace up your trainers and get moving on some of these great routes across Scotland where the view is just one of many rewards

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