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Lookalikes of John Muir greeted the First Minister at the official opening in Dunbar. Picture: Toby Williams

John Muir Way: Walking route ‘will generate £40m’

A NEW walking route officially opened yesterday to commemorate Scots-born environmentalist John Muir is expected to generate around £40 million over the next five years for communities along its way, said Alex Salmond.

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The CairnGorm funicular. Picture: TSPL

Roger Cox: New operator could boost CairnGorm

IMAGINE, if you will, a ski resort in the Scottish Highlands, spread across two beautiful little valleys.

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Zombies set descend on Edinburgh and Glasgow

Our zombies have to go to zombie school, where we teach them how to chase and perform,” says Bristol-based writer and director James Wheale, “Scaring little old ladies on their way to the shop is a definite no-no.”

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The Falkirk Wheel. Picture: Robert Perry

Walk of the week: Two canals and Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

TAKING public transport to the start of a walk can be problematic – some main roads in Scotland are served by infrequent bus services and many areas are nowhere near a railway station.

Conservationist John Muir. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: John Muir Festival kicks off

ABOUT ten years ago I wrote a story for this newspaper about the Hemingway Days festival, which takes place every summer in Key West, Florida.

Beinn Fhionnlaidh. Picture: Nick Bramhall/Flickr

Walk of the week: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

WITHIN the isolated rocky region between Glen Etive and Glen Creran lie a trio of hills, Sgor na h-Ulaidh, Beinn Sgulaird and Beinn Fhionnlaidh.

Natural Retreats will take on the running for the next 25 years. Picture: Ian Rutherford

New operator of Cairngorm Mountain announced

A LEISURE and travel company has been named as the new operator of a major UK snowsports centre.

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Butterdean Wood. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Butterdean Wood, East Lothian

WHILE farmland in Scotland supplies some of the best produce anywhere in the world – from beef and lamb to raspberries and potatoes – it is on the fringes that wildlife can thrive.

Sam McFarlane, Kate McWilliam and Peter McKee catch some air at Soar at intu. Picture: Lenny Warren

Freerunners help launch Braehead rebranding

SEVERAL acrobatic freerunners turned up to help launch Soar at intu Braehead, the new name for Xscape.

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Ginger Grouse partners with Tough Mudder UK

GINGER Grouse has today announced a link up with sports endurance firm Tough Mudder UK.

Ben Nevis. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Man dies after Ben Nevis fall

A climber has died in a fall on Ben Nevis.

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Allt Kinglass. Picture: Richard Webb (cc) [http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/196]

Walk of the week: Beinn Mhanach

AFTER weeks of wet and turbulent weather, how joyful it was to have a glorious blue sky day of gentle breeze when tackling the modest and secretive 953m/3127ft Beinn Mhanach.

Scotland's first Via Ferrata at Grey Mare's Tail waterfall, Kinlochleven. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Helping hand for climbers a good thing?

EARLIER this month, the government of Nepal announced that it was thinking of installing metal ladders on the Hillary Step, the 12 metre high cliff that is the last significant obstacle climbers must overcome before reaching the summit of Mount Everest.

Loch Morlich, near Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Picture: Jane Barlow

Duo in training for Shackleton Arctic expedition

Identical twins preparing for a “scientific” charity trek across the Arctic – in which they are paying homage to Sir Ernest Shackleton – have hailed the Highland mountains as the perfect training ground.

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