Arran mountaineer captures stunning photo of a Brocken Spectre

A MEMBER of the Arran Mountain Rescue Team has captured a spectacular photograph of a Brocken Spectre while on patrol on Mullach Buidhe.

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Olympic medalist Polly Swan with team mate Caitie Gorton-Phillips in front of the West Boathouse. Picture: Peter Devlin

Historic headquarters of rowing wins lottery boost

A campaign to restore a century-old boathouse where Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger first tried out rowing has won a £1.2 million lottery boost.

Enjoy the spectacular Samhuinn celebrations in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Six fun things for adults to do this Halloween

IT’S not just the kids who can have fun this Halloween, instead of the usual trick or treating or costume parties, why not try out some of these thrilling events.

An image of a Caledonian Macbrayne Ferry is projected onto Dunvegan Castle. The castle is sitting on the side of a loch and the image of the castle and thr projection are reflected in the water of the loch. Overhead there are clouds moving across the sky

Calmac and Skipinnish team up to create stunning new west coast video

TEAMING up with iconic band Skipinnish, Calmac have launched an innovative new film exploring its enduring role at the heart of Scotland’s west coast, as part of the launch of their new Your West Coast campaign

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Danny MacAskill gets ready to begin his wee day out. Picture: Fred Murray/Red Bull

Danny MacAskill on facing fear, his love of Skye and his Wee Day Out

DANNY MacAskill’s latest film – entitled Wee Day Out – took him to farms, estates, forests, riverbanks and railways around Scotland and is the latest in a string of hit videos for the stunt cycling star.

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Danny MacAskill gets ready to begin his wee day out. Picture: Fred Murray/Red Bull

Video: Danny MacAskill returns with incredible Wee Day Out clip

A NEW film made by Scotland’s leading stunt cyclist sees him riding over the top of a cottage, turning a hay bale into a unicycle, disappearing into a puddle and leaping onto the track in front of a steam train after tucking into tea and scones.

The old schoolhouse on Eilean Shona

Kate Winslet reveals Scots island is favourite retreat

KATE Winslet has named a Scots island hideaway as her favourite place in the world in a new travel guide.

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Interview: Tiree Wave Classic director Willy Angus MacLean

The most prestigious windsurfing contest in the UK, the Tiree Wave Classic celebrates its 30th birthday this weekend and all next week, when an estimated fleet of between 65 and 70 sailors will descend on the small Hebridean island along with crowds of spectators. All will be praying for the Atlantic to deliver the howling winds and towering waves that are a very real possibility in mid-October – perhaps even conditions like those that greeted the legendary contest of 1994, which saw Niels Larsen defeat Farrel O’Shea in an epic final in 20-foot surf at Ballevulin, in the island’s north-western corner.

Fraser Campbell died after falling on the north face of Ben Nevis. Picture: PA

Tributes paid to Ben Nevis climber

A man who died following a fall on the UK’s highest mountain has been remembered for his “kind” and “bubbly” personality.

The Moness Forest Estate in Perthshire, Scotland. Picture: SWNS

Stunning Scots forest estate up for sale, yours for just £8.5m

A STUNNING country estate with more than 1,700 acres of forestry has been put on the market for £8.5m.

You can discover Scotland's amazing stags at the Scottish Deer Centre. Picture: Flickr

5 of the best places to discover wildlife in Scotland

SCOTLAND’S wildlife is as diverse as its landscape and there are plenty of places around the country to come into contact with these wonderful animals, here are five of the best.

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Safety fears over plan to remove Cairn Gorm phone box

CAMPAIGNERS have warned BT that plans to save money by removing the UK’s highest telephone box could cost lives.

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£1.5m Arran estate to be raffled off by American owner

A SEVEN-ACRE Scottish estate with its own adventure playground, coffee shop and 42-seat cinema could be yours - for the price of a £55 raffle ticket.

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The braver among you can try out the human slingshot. Picture: Youtube

6 of the best new outdoor activities in Scotland

LOOKING for some excitement at the weekend or something fun to do with the kids during the October holidays? Here are six examples of the best new outdoor activities to try out.

The wonderful views from the Cathkin Braes Track. Picture: John Devlin

Five Scottish mountain biking trails to try out this Autumn

FREQUENTLY named as one of the best countries in the world for mountain biking, and not just for terrain and scenery but also for infrastructure, Scotland has a plethora of excellent MTB trails.

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Stockbridge Local: Swim & Revitalise in Stockbridge

Just because the darker nights are looming, we don’t have to hide indoors.

Ben Larg competing at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in the Azores

Interview: Tiree surfer Ben Larg, 11, on representing Scotland on the world stage

There’s a picture of Tiree surfer Ben Larg, taken during the recent ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Ribeira Grande in the Azores, that makes my blood run a little bit cold on his behalf. Whenever I show it to other surfers it either causes them to catch their breath or do that low, descending whistle that’s internationally accepted as code for “wow, that’s impressive – but rather him than me.”

Larg isn’t even surfing in the shot; instead, he’s paddling out through a swirling maelstrom of whitewater as a hollow, ten-foot wave breaks like a giant, watery guillotine a short way in front of him. There’s no obvious easy way through, no safe, deep-water channel to aim for. The only way of paddling out beyond the breaking waves at this spot appears to be Route One, straight through the jaws of the beast, with a few hefty beatings more or less guaranteed.

Liz ran the Daily Mile with children from P7 and the school nursery. Picture: Angus Forbes

Stirling school pupils enjoy inspirational visit from Liz McColgan

PUPILS at a Stirling primary school received an inspirational visit from Olympic star Liz McColgan ahead of the first Stirling Marathon.

Dr Max Coleman, of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, looks at the leaves of one of two 100ft tall Wentworth elms which have been discovered within the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

‘Extinct’ elms found in Queen’s garden

Trees believed to have been extinct in Britain have been discovered at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

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The Dragon Matrix will take the kids on a magical adventure. Picture: dragonmatrix.org.uk

October holiday ideas: Dragon Matrix at Monikie Country Park

HOPING to build on the success of Pokemon Go, a new augmented reality event is offering a fun way to entertain the kids this October half term break.

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