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William Watson, president of the Scottish Surfing Federation. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Scotland surfers celebrate independence

This weekend, when the best surfers in Scotland assemble in Fraserburgh for the annual Gathering of the Clans team contest, they will undoubtedly be celebrating their independence.

Stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Skye firm’s bookings up after Danny MacAskill film video

A HIGHLAND outdoor adventure company has seen bookings dramatically increase following the popularity of Danny MacAskill’s film The Ridge.

Preparing to launch at Hopeman Harbour. Picture: Contributed

Outdoors: Sea kayaking in Aviemore

SEA kayaking is great fun, but first you need to learn the basics, says Pamela Moffat

View of Glencoen looking down the glen. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Climbing event to aid Glencoe Moutain Rescue Team

ORGANISERS of this year’s Scottish Mixed Masters will donate £10 of every £25 they receive to the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

Airlie Monument. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Airlie Monument/Hill of Couternach

THE Angus Glens are a great place to immerse yourself in wonderful hill country.

Beinn Buidhe. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Benn Bhuide

AT 948m/3,110ft (a height oddly not mapped), Beinn Bhuidhe is the highest point of a four-mile SW/NE ridge wedged between Glens Shira and Fyne; part of a craggy area that featured in the post-war construction of hydro-electric reservoirs and power stations.

The two hills to are known to hillwalkers as cockle and eunuch. Pic: TSPL.

Walk of the week: Beinn a’Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich

REGARDLESS of the weather, a day on the high tops is invariably a therapeutic exercise. On the Saturday after the referendum, in fact a corker of a day, such exercise on Beinn a’Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich helped ease my post-result blues.

Ben More pictured in the distance.    Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Walk of the Week: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Apart from Carn Eighe and Mam Sodhail, no other pair of close-by peaks can match the height and symmetry of 1,174m/3,852ft Ben More and 1165m/3,822ft Stob Binnein, connected by the appropriately named 862m Bealach-eadar-dha Beinn, pass between two mountains – the ever-so-slightly lower Stob Binnein, with its unmistakable sawn-off top and the bulkier Ben More.

Tiree Wave Classic. Picture: TSPL

Roger Cox: Scotland’s surfing season returns

Listen – can you hear that sound? That barely audible rumble? That’s the Atlantic Ocean slowly waking up from its long summer nap and getting ready to throw its toys out of the pram with the first major hissy-fits of the autumn.

Danny MacAskill on his trials bike. Picture: TSPL

Danny MacAskill’s death defying ride on Skye video

SCOTTISH stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill has shared his brand new film featuring a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridge, on the Isle of Skye.

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