SCOTLAND is packed with natural colour and variety, but one piece of Scottish foliage is unique to all the others - the Fortingall Yew, widely thought to be the oldest living thing in Europe.
URBAN walks are often ignored in favour of the countryside. It is understandable, especially if you spend most of your time surrounded by buildings and roads.
It’s time to capitalise on the medals won at Sochi while enthusiasm for winter sports is high
Widespread low cloud had aborted a December day visit to the high tops. Instead Jimbo, Rhona and I did an Aberfeldy to Kenmore walk suggested by Jimbo’s brother, an Aberfeldy resident.
THE Lomond Hills have two clearly identifiable landmarks, the twin volcanic peaks of East and West Lomond, the latter, at 522m/1713ft, Fife’s highest point.
IF aerial photographs of the hedgerows of East Lothian had been taken over recent weeks, they might have captured some strange markings on the ground.
A crowded bothy is usually a good indicator of foul weather, and at lunchtime a couple of Saturdays ago the bothy at Ryvoan Pass in the Cairngorms was absolutely rammed.
It’s time people realised the Scottish ski season lasts well beyond March, when conditions are at their best, writes Roger Cox
The River Tweed is a world-renowned course of water. The salmon which are found in its pools are among the most sought after, anywhere.
The source of the River Almond is just beneath a 291m trig point on the Cant Hills, one mile north of Shotts. From there the river flows eastwards for 28 miles to Cramond and the Forth.
A new online campaign has been launched to have Scottish skier Alain Baxter’s Olympic bronze medal returned to him after it was controversially stripped following a drugs test failure.
WITH two mountain film festivals coming up this month – in Edinburgh from 14-16 February and Fort William from 19-23 February – now seems like as good a time as any to reflect on how films about the great outdoors have evolved over the last decade or so. Or rather, how they’ve been transformed out of all recognition. “Evolved” doesn’t really cover it.
In December I wrote about the St Monans/Crail section of the Fife Coastal Path (FCP); traversed on a day of westerly gale force winds when being far east and at sea-level had distinct advantages. With the continuation of that adverse weather, Jimbo, John and I returned late January to the FCP, this time the section from Crail to Cambo Sands; a section quite unlike any other.
I nexplicably – to some – there are those who don’t ski or snowboard but if your family insists on an annual snowsports trip, there are plenty of other pursuits in and around the Scottish resorts in winter for those at a loose end with children.