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Perhaps Mountain biking might be an idea? Picture: Ian Rutherford

Top 5 gifts for outdoors types

WE ALL know those outdoorsy types who favours a bit of the rough stuff. From mountainous cycling safaris to wilderness days for the kids, we’re here to help you make sure you give them a natural high this Christmas with our Top 5 gifts of outside adventure.

Pressmennan Wood, East Lothian. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Pressmennan Wood, East Lothian

ONE of Scotland’s few official lakes, Pressmennan Lake lies below Pressmennan Wood in East Lothian, cared for by the Woodland Trust.

A section of the Thornton to Leven railway line. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Cameron Bridge to Leven

THE five-mile Thornton to Leven railway line via Cameron Bridge opened in 1854.

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Niall Shiells, making the best of 'weak, inconsistent' waves at Belhaven Bay near Dunbar. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Surfing at Belhaven Bay near Dunbar

AN inconsistent, weak, beginner-friendly beach.” That’s how the Stormrider Guide sums up my usual surf spot – Belhaven Bay near Dunbar – and on the whole it’s hard to disagree with its somewhat dismissive assessment.

Picture: Paul Kingston

Photographer shortlisted for Scots landscape pictures

A PHOTOGRAPHER whose work captures the wild Scottish landscape in “painterly qualities” has been shortlisted in a prestigious world photography competition.

The CairnGorms mountain resort could open this weeken. Picture: Stephen Emerson

Scotland’s ski resorts could open this weekend

SCOTLAND’S MOUNTAIN ski resorts could be open from this weekend following snowfalls across the country today.

Whitelee Windfarm. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Whitelee wind farm

THE Lochgoin Circuit takes you over moorland on well-surfaced tracks and offers views including the spectacular island of Arran.


A still from North of the Sun by Inge Wegge and J�rn Ranum. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Imagination one of our most powerful tools

Prepare to be inspired by a bunch of individuals who have harnessed the power of the human spirit

Teviot River running through Hawick. Picture: TSPL

Walk of the week: Hawick and the Waverley Line

THIS YEAR is the bicentenary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley – a book, to my shame, I have yet to read.

Robert MacFarlane in the Cairngorms. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Nan Shepherd and the Cairngorms

IN MID-OCTOBER I received an email from the award-winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane to say he had just returned from a BBC film shoot in the Cairngorms in “seriously challenging conditions.”

Composite image made of nine separate images shows cyclist Danny MacAskill performing a 16ft (5m) loop-the-loop in front of the London Eye. Picture: PA

Danny MacAskill does loop-the-loop ‘on’ London Eye Picture gallery

STUNT rider and YouTube sensation Danny MacAskill amazed onlookers tonight with a 16ft (5m) loop-the-loop on his bike in front of the London Eye.

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