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Linlithgow Loch and River Almond. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Linlithgow Loch & The River Avon

THE John Muir Way stretches from the naturalist’s birthplace of Dunbar all the way to Helensburgh, from where, in 1849, the father of National Parks set off with his family for North America at the age of 11.

Skiing in a blizzard isn't much fun

Roger Cox: Chasing weather windows

Weather forecasters may not get the same level of recognition as more high-profile public servants like doctors or fire fighters – you don’t often hear small boys saying “when I grow up I want to be a weather man” – but as far as I’m concerned, the guys and girls at the Met Office are more-or-less gods. These islands of ours, with their mischievously unpredictable maritime climate, must be one of the toughest places in the world to try and second-guess Mother Nature, and yet day after day, month after month, year after year, these unsung heroes manage to give us incredibly precise information about what’s coming our way.

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Routes walked by Robert Burns published online

LOVERS of the works of Robbie Burns can now literally follow in the footsteps of the poet, with the publishing of the routes he took on his famous tours of Scotland.

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People who walk together have a shared experience of wellness say researchers. Picture: Getty Images

Ramble your way towards better health

REGULAR outdoor walking in groups could be a lifesaver, suggests a new study.

Blackness Castle was used for some Outlander scenes set in Fort William. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Blackness and Wester Shore Wood

THE US TV series Outlander has been generating plenty of interest on this side of the Atlantic, even though it has not aired on British screens and no date has yet been set for it to do so.

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Visitors flock to Tom Weir statue on Loch Lomond

VISITORS have flocked to visit the statue of outdoor explorer Tom Weir since it was erected on the banks of the Loch Lomond.

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Walk of the week: Sgor Gaoith

THE pointed peak of Sgor Gaoith is perched by the very edge of steep, craggy eastern slopes overlooking Gleann Einich, hence its name, windy peak.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes undergoes medical tests at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Picture: PA

Ranulph Fiennes, 71, set for world’s hardest race

HE HAS climbed the north face of the Eiger and Mount Everest despite a fear of heights and amputated his own frostbitten fingers in his garden shed.

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Callander Craig, Trossachs. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Callander Craig, Trossachs

A FIRST outing of the New Year usually has to be two things for me – interesting enough to resist the pull of more revels and easy enough to mean the festivities just enjoyed will not have too much of an impact.

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Loch Leven Heritage Trail. Picture: Geograph.co.uk

Walk of the week: The Loch Leven Heritage Trail

THE LOCH Leven Heritage Trail, a 13-mile path round the loch, was completed in May 2014 with the opening of the final section between the RSPB’s Vane Farm (now called Loch Leven Reserve) and Kinross.

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    Sunday 25 Jan

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    Monday 26 Jan

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    Tuesday 27 Jan

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    Wednesday 28 Jan

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    Thursday 29 Jan

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