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Loch Faskally. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Loch Faskally

HIGHLAND Perthshire is one of the best places in the world to experience autumn. Known as Big Tree Country for a reason, the array of colours taken on by the leaves is stunning.

Ben Cruachan. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Ben Cruachan

RISING above road, river and railway in the congested Pass of Brander, the rugged and complex mountain mass of Cruachan boasts two Munros: 1,126m/3,694ft Ben Cruachan itself and 998m/3,274ft Stob Diamh.

Gladhouse reservoir

Walk of the Week: Gladhouse Reservoir, Midlothian

NESTLED below the Moorfoot Hills, Gladhouse Reservoir is popular with anglers – not surprisingly, given the picturesque setting, as well as a good stock of fish.

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The Hermitage, near Dunkeld. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the Week: The Hermitage & Rumbling Bridge

ON THE information board at the car park for The Hermitage near Dunkeld it says this spot has been a tourist attraction for 200 years, and no wonder.

Surfer Laird Hamilton rides a wave through Malibu Pier, August 2014.

Roger Cox: Don’t bring aggro to the waves

FOR the last few days of August, the attention of the surfing world was focused on the coast of Southern California, as a monster swell from Hurricane Marie lit up such fabled breaks as Malibu and The Wedge.

The Dava Way. Picture: Alan Hodgson

Walk of the week: The Dava Way

IN June I wrote about the Dava Way, the 24-mile waymarked route between Grantown-on Spey and Forres, which follows the track bed of the old Highland Railway Company.

Coire An-t Sneachda in the Cairngorms

Woman dies in fall from Cairngorms

A WOMAN has died after she was hit on the head by a falling rock while climbing in the mountains.

Ben Nevis. Picture: Sean Bell

Scottish independence: Mountaineering’s 5 questions

SCOTLAND’S mountaineers have called on both sides in the referendum for answers about the future of the country’s wild lands and mountains.

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The Inveraray Highland Games. Competitors in the heavyweights section. Picture: Robert Perry

Peter Ross: Hanging with heavies at Highland Games

WHETHER they come for money, or for God and glory, the Highland Games would be poorer without the international giants who love hurling our trees and rocks

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A carpet of spruce on the hillsides. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the Week: Achray Forest and Lime Craig

THE Achray Forest is a great place. From only a short distance away it can appear like a carpet of spruce on the hillsides, a dark place where the sights and sounds of nature are blanked out.

Piste Plans for Lowther Hills Ski Club. Picture: submitted

Ski slope to open in Dumfries and Galloway

In December 2006 an in-depth article appeared in this newspaper looking at the future prospects of the Scottish ski industry.

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Sir Chris Bonington, right, with fellow climber Leo Houlding before tackling the iconic 449ft pillar of stone. Picture: Berghaus

Old Man on Hoy – Sir Chris, 80, scales sea stack video

REACHING the grand old age of 80 is usually celebrated with a quiet family get-together – but legendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington decided it was time to dig out his climbing boots again.

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