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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 Scottish borders

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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The Fairy Pools on Skye

The best wild swimming spots in Scotland

OUTDOOR swimming is a passion held in the British Isles by a dwindling number, who eschew the swimming baths for an experience once enjoyed widely in pre-war Britain.

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Linn of Quoich, in upper Deeside. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the Week: Linn of Quoich, Upper Deeside

THE silence to be found amid a Caledonian pine forest is one (of a great many) reasons to visit the Highlands. On a summer’s day when the birdsong and the flow of the river are the only background sounds, it can be a magical sensation – stand still and close your eyes to make it more intense.

A dry slope at Glencoe will offer all-year round skiing. Picture: Allan Milligan

Glencoe resort set to build dry ski slope

The oldest winter sports resort in Scotland is planning to offer all-year-round skiing with proposal for a dry slope.

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Lochan Spling. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Lochan Spling, Aberfoyle

LOCHAN Spling is one of those funny locations that is nothing spectacular or dramatic, but still gives a feeling of being special. Tucked away in the forest near Aberfoyle, it is a tranquil place.

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