Walking up the sixth highest Munro might not seem like the best cure for a bad back but it works for me. A couple of weeks ago even my chiropractor was perturbed by the twisted nature of my vertebrae and at first seemed surprised I was planning a trip to the Cairngorms. However, the workout given to the upper leg and lower back muscles when going up a steep slope is apparently good for you.
Dirleton is a great Sunday afternoon kind of village with its castle, green and country pub. You wouldn’t really want to leave it when the sun is shining, except for the fact that there are two wonderful beaches a short walk away – Yellowcraig and Broad Sands.
Roger Cox: Young surfers earn seal of approval on windswept Tiree
On Tiree, the wind is king. Make enough visits to this almost entirely flat little island, poking its snub nose defiantly out into the Atlantic from beneath the skirts of the Western Isles, and you soon come to appreciate its power to dictate your day.
Scottish walks: Four of the best this summer holiday
The summer holidays are here and the prospect of spending time in the outdoors stretches out before us. Weather permitting there are many places to explore; beaches are an essential part of this time of year but the mountains are also a wonderful escape while the days are long.
Robert Glancy: ‘I thought it was normal to have a crocodile in the school pond’
Author Robert Glancy was born in Zambia to a Scots father and Irish mother. His new novel, Please Do Not Disturb, draws on his childhood in Malawi, a place he now knows was not as idyllic as it first appeared
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