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Blackness Castle is one of the sights on this week's walk. Picture: TSPL

Walk of the week: Blackness to Bo’Ness

BLACKNESS, on the shore of the Firth of Forth is blessed with two lovely little beaches, both affording good views over the water, towards the Ochil Hills. With the village’s own dramatic castle providing a scenic backdrop, it can be a place you might wish to linger.

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The very atoll Kelly Slater is sitting on could be underwater in a few short years. Picture: Getty

Roger Cox: Credit to Surfer’s environmental stance

THE surfing Bible’s showcase summer issue has food for thought on the climate change debate

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Beinn Dearg. Picture: Contributed

Walk of the week: Beinn Dearg

NOT to be confused with its bulkier and craggier Munro namesake near Ullapool, this 1008m/3307ft Beinn Dearg lies eight miles north of Blair Atholl.

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With waves like this breaking along its rocky coastline, should Colonsay feature on more surfers'

Roger Cox: In search of the unridden surf spot

IT’S not easy to find a virgin surf spot in this age of Google Earth, but don’t give up on the dream, writes Roger Cox

White Sands and Barn Ness. Picture: Nick Drainey

Walk of the week: White Sands and Barns Ness

IT’S summer. Head for the beach. Sand and sea are a great combination and on their own are enough for a superb day out.

It's possible to do an eight-Munro journey from Glen Etive to Glen Coe Picture: Ken Paterson

Walk of the week: Glen Etive

Long daylight hours in the summer months lend themselves to more ambitious hillwalking plans.

The SS Sir Walter Scott gliding across Loch Katrine. Picture: Contributed

Stunning beauty on the Loch Katrine Experience

EXPLORING the Trossachs and Loch Katrine by boat is great fun, finds Pamela Moffat

Blogger Paula McGuire is attempting each sport before the games get underway. Picture: John Devlin

Paula McGuire on trying every Glasgow 2014 sport

TWO years ago, self-confessed couch potato Paula McGuire decided to try every sport in the Commonwealth Games and blog about her experiences. Read on for tales of tears and triumphs

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John Muir's stance on wind farms will be one of the topics of conversation at the talk. Picture: TSPL

Roger Cox: What would John Muir make of wind farms?

IN 1903, the Scots-born naturalist John Muir and the then-president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, went on a three-day camping trip in Yosimete National Park. Muir used his time wisely, “talking freely around the campfire” and putting the case for increased protection for areas of wild land.

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An Socach. Picture: Andrew Smith/Geograph [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/213963] (CC)

Walk of the week: An Socach

KNOWN collectively as the Mullardochs, the four Munros on the north side of Loch Mullardoch are most often approached from the top end of Glen Cannich to the east, the nearest road-end, then walking the length of the northern shores or taking advantage of the available boat hire.

Roger Cox: Weir’s Way wonderful Scottish stories

I was like a kid at Christmas the other morning, when I finally got my paws on a copy of Weir’s Way: The Essential Collection – a monumental DVD box set containing 52 episodes of Tom Weir’s long-running TV show about Scotland’s great outdoors.

Maol Chean-Dearg. Picture: Contributed

The Walk: Maol Chean-dearg

SET amidst terrain of bare rock and lochans, Maol Chean-dearg, a compact hill covering just two square miles lies between Glen Torridon and Glen Carron.

Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters. Picture: Tom Middleton

Andrew Fusek Peters on why he loves wild swimming

FOR POET, author and photographer, Andrew Fusek Peters, a proper holiday has to involve water.

Redhall walled garden in Slateford. Picture: EdinburghSketcher

EdinburghSketcher: Redhall Walled Garden

EdinburghSketcher captures the opening of an inspirational herb garden in Edinburgh

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