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Preston Mill and Smeaton Lake, East Lothian

Walk of the week: Preston Mill & Smeaton Lake, East Lothian

PRESTON Mill was the last working water mill in East Lothian and is still in great nick under the stewardship of the National Trust for Scotland.

Robbie Phillips, hanging around in the Alps

Roger Cox: A rocky time climbing the Paciencia

REMEMBER the boulder scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? The one in which Indy is pursued along a dark, narrow tunnel by a gigantic concrete basketball?

A competitor in the Scottish Paddle Surf Championship rides the waves in a kayak. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The best spots to go kayaking in Scotland

ADVENTUROUS explorers should take to a kayak and see Scotland in a whole new way, writes Emma O’Neill

Picture: Ellis Brigham

Never tried skiing? Here’s how to get started

SKIING is worth nearly £30 million to the Scottish economy each season. As snowfall on the country continues to improve, the popularity and quality of skiing facilities is on the up as well. There’s no better time to get on the slopes, suggests Holly Lennon

A new cycle route, costing three million pounds, has been completed along the Great Glen

Brand new £3m cycle route on Great Glen unveiled

A NEW £3 million cycle route has been completed along the Great Glen.

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A journey from John o’ Groats to Land’s End on a horse

FORMER soldier Grant Nicolle will never forget his journey from John o’ Groats to Land’s End with Clydesdale cross, Marv

Athletes compete at the Loch Gu Loch swimrun earlier this year. Picture: Steve Ashworth

Barra’s Hell’s Hop to host swimrun competition in 2016

THE organisers of Loch Gu Loch Swimrun have announced their next extreme outdoors venture, to take place in the Outer Hebrides on 10 September 2016.

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Wellcroft Bowling Club in Queen's Park, Glasgow. Picture: Stuart Wallace

How bowls is changing its image in Scotland

FAR from staid or boring, bowls is a Scottish obsession that’s moving with the times, argues historian Hugh Hornby

Alastair Robertson. Picture: TSPL

Alastair Robertson: No grousing about the weather from me

IT never rains but it pours. Grousing invitations have been coming thick and fast and this time the real thing, driven grouse.

Na Gruagaichean. Picture: Wikimedia/CC

Walk of the week: Na Gruagaichean

FROM the Grey Mare’s Tail car park, map ref 188623, head west by pavement by the B863 to join the West Highland Way path. This slants right, passing through woodland to meet the private tarmac road and so to the now-closed Mamore Lodge at a height of 200m.

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Steall Falls. Picture: walkhighlands.co.uk

Where to find Scotland’s most scenic waterfalls

WATERFALLS offer Scottish landscapes movement and drama; no wonder so many visitors seek them out. Here are some of the country’s most beautiful

A variety of apples. Picture: PA

The best way to grow apples in your garden

AS farms, orchards and public gardens gear up for festivals and other events to celebrate Apple Day in October, Hannah Stephenson uncovers the secrets of success when growing this popular fruit

Sgurr a'Chaorachain. Picture: Geograph

Walk of the week: Sgurr Choinnich/Sgurr a’Chaorachain

On the drive from Inverness, the haar took a while to lift but on reaching Glen Carron there was a rapid change. Rhona, Fiona and I entered a world of unseasonable warmth and sunshine for late September. Hillwalking days do not come better than this!

Burns, mountains, lochs and sunshine (sometimes) can all be experienced on Scottish mountain biking trails. Picture: Contributed

Scotland’s best mountain biking trails

With cold, muddy and damp conditions in forests across Scotland this coming autumn, now’s the best time to saddle up and visit some of the country’s best mountain biking playgrounds

The Gruffalo Trail at Ardkinglas. Picture: Catriona Thomson

On the Ardkinglas Estate’s Gruffalo Trail

ARDKINGLAS Estate’s Gruffalo Trail delights all the family, finds Catriona Thomson

Office workers test trust and problem solving with some Via Ferrata

Scotland’s wildest teambuilding exercises

TEAMBUILDING exercises are fun, but they also teach colleagues to work together in unexpected ways, writes Alison Campsie

Scots spend on average 38% more when shopping with their partners. Picture: Kzenon/Bigstock.com

Shopping habits: When do Scots break the bank?

SCOTS spend significantly more when out with partners, a poll has revealed

North Berwick's Seabird Safari offers a thrilling close-up view of Scotland's airborne wildlife. Picture: Catriona Thomson

Boat tour gives peerless view of bird life

A THREE island boat tour offers a thrilling close-up view of Scotland’s rich bird life, finds Catriona Thomson

Vane Hill, Loch Leven. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Vane Hill, Loch Leven

VANE Hill is more of a viewpoint than a hill in that it is somewhat dwarfed by Benarty Hill and its broad ridge behind. However, it is a great place for a walk with fantastic views.

Alastair Robertson. Picture: TSPL

Alastair Robertson: Partridge shooting in Dell

MY wife’s old friend Harry rings to ask if we would like to go to Dell where he is with a party of friends who have rented the place for a week. Dell is just north of Fort Augustus on the south side of Inverness.

Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath. Picture: Cultura/REX Shutterstock

An extract from To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by the Over-60s

IN this extract from a new book celebrating the adventurous spirit of travellers aged over 60, Rosemary Fretwell shares the story of the walk she took with her husband to Cape Wrath and Sandwood Bay

Students watch the sunrise from the summit of Arthurs Seat. 
Picture: Neil Hanna

Seven facts you may not know about Arthur’s Seat

Situated in the south-east of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat has been a popular hike for many a local and tourist alike, in all types of weather. The extinct volcano, at the bottom of the Royal Mile, is hard to miss and offers impressive panoramic views of the city. But beyond that, the rock has featured prominently in the culture of what makes the capital weird and wonderful and comes with a host of its own fascinating facts.


Cycle tourism: A trend to watch out for in 2016. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Seven cycling trends to watch out for in 2016

AS more and more of us get hooked on pedal power, we examine some new cycle trends heading our way next year

Tobermory's Main Street. Picture: Wikimedia

Six of Scotland’s most scenic streets

HERE in Scotland, we’re lucky to have a seemingly boundless number of breathtaking views and beautiful landmarks – but some of the country’s most beautiful scenery can be found right in the heart of our towns and cities.

City traffic can often intimidate prospective cyclists from commuting on two wheels. Picture: Ian Georgeson

A guide to city cycling in Scotland

CYCLING is more popular than ever. Retailer Halfords reported a profit of more than £1 billion for the first time earlier this year, with the number of bikes being sold in the same period averaging out at 3,500 per day.


Ben Macdui. Picture: Nick Bramhall/Flickr

Ben Macdui, Scotland’s ‘haunted’ Munro

BEN Macdui holds the title of Britain’s second tallest mountain, just pipped to the post by the better-known Ben Nevis. A measly 35 metres is all that’s keeping Ben Macdui from taking the title, but the 4,295 ft peak still boasts a rich - and some say supernatural - history.

Bottlenose dolphins at the Moray Firth. Picture: Contributed

The best places to see dolphins in Scotland

The cool waters surrounding Scotland are the perfect habitat for the sleek marine mammal, with bottlenose, white-beaked and common dolphins all playing near our coastlines

Charlie Fox, owner of Maine Surfers Union surf shop in Portland, Maine. Picture: Roger Cox

Roger Cox: Portland surfers take a chance on Maine

THE SURFERS of Portland can’t wait for perfect waves, they have to take the Maine chance, writes Roger Cox

Charlie Fox, owner of Maine Surfers Union surf shop in Portland, Maine. Picture: Roger Cox

Walk of the week: Toll Creagach

PRIOR to the construction of the dam on Loch Mullardoch, a stalkers’ path from the now-submerged Benula Lodge gave an easy way to 872m Bealach Toll Easa between Toll Creagach and neighbouring Tom a’Choinich and so to Affric Lodge.

Torduff Reservoir, Bonaly. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: Torduff reservoir, Bonaly

AFTER a wonderful display of heather in the Southern Uplands was highlighted last week, this walk sees a return to the Pentlands for an equally glorious show of upland splendour.

Sgurr Alasdair. Picture: Wikimedia/CC

Walk of the Week: Sgurr Alasdair

AT 992m/3,255ft the highest point on the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair would be beyond the abilities of non-scrambling hillwalkers were it not for the peak’s most distinctive feature, the Great Stone Chute, a massive scree slope that runs 300m from a steep gully just east of the summit down to Coire Lagan.

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