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Beinn an t-Sidhein. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the Week: Beinn an t-Sidhein, Strathyre

BEINN an t-Sidhein dominates Strathyre; it is only 1,877ft high but its steep slopes make it a prominent feature of the landscape, and a wonderful viewpoint.

Anya Gleizer and Pablo Valcarce hiked around Japan in the footsteps of 17th century poet Matsuo Basho. Picture: Contributed

Roger Cox: Japan trek a celebration of journey

What’s the point of going for a walk? Perhaps there doesn’t need to be a point. Perhaps there shouldn’t be one.

Creise and Meall a Bhuiridh from the south east. Picture:Wiki Commons

Walk of the Week: Meall a’ Bhuiridh and Creise

To reach the summit of a specific hill it is sometimes easier to climb another on the way.

Walk Culross abbey and West Kirk, Fife. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Culross Abbey and West Kirk, Fife

CULROSS is one of the prettiest little towns in Scotland and remains pretty much how it would have looked in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Loch Ard. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Loch Ard, The Trossachs

A SUMMER storm was lashing the road from Stirling to Aberfoyle.

Sgurr Eilde Mor. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Sgurr Eilde Mor

At last a one-day break in the poor weather, at least for the Glencoe/Fort William area – and the forecast (a 90 per cent chance of cloud free summits and just a few short showers) was spot on.

Rachel Brathen. Picture: Hodder & Stoughton Publishers

Instagram star Yoga Girl stretches out into literary world

MORE than a million people follow Yoga Girl on Instagram, gazing at photos of her in amazing poses on tropical beaches. But the reality behind the image is more complex and that’s really what she wants to share

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Dunbar to Barns Ness. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Dunbar to Barns Ness, East Lothian

GOLF courses often used to be out of bounds for walkers. Nowadays, however, there is a different spirit in the air and, thanks in part to the (relatively) new land access legislation, the edges of the hallowed fairways can be passed by hikers.

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Beinn Iutharn Mhor. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Beinn Iutharn Mhor

Beinn Iutharn Mhor, another fairly remote hill, lies some 7 miles south of the Linn of Dee road (a distance eased by cycling up Glen Ey) and a similar distance north-west of Spittal of Glenshee (again eased by cycling/walking up the rougher Gleann Taitneach track).

Johnny Mathie's Road, Auchterarder. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Johnny Mathie’s Road, Auchterarder

AUCHTERARDER is much quieter than it was a year ago. Then, the “Lang Toun” – so-called because of its one-and-a-half-mile High Street – was gearing up for the Ryder Cup at nearby Gleneagles and all the razzmatazz that brought. It is now back to being a peaceful spot, perfect as the starting point for a stroll.

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Abi Jackson, in blue, with members of Team Matrix. Picture: PA

Top tips for fellow cycling beginners

EARLIER this year, in need of distraction and a new hobby (preferably one that got me outdoors and got those endorphins pumping), I started cycling. I’d already caught the spinning bug and was the proud owner of a beloved vintage bike, but the most action that ever saw was the odd amble around the park, and while spin classes work up a good sweat, they’re not the same as the real thing.

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