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.
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?
ADVENTUROUS explorers should take to a kayak and see Scotland in a whole new way, writes Emma O’Neill
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 £3 million cycle route has been completed along the Great Glen.
FORMER soldier Grant Nicolle will never forget his journey from John o’ Groats to Land’s End with Clydesdale cross, Marv
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.
FAR from staid or boring, bowls is a Scottish obsession that’s moving with the times, argues historian Hugh Hornby
IT never rains but it pours. Grousing invitations have been coming thick and fast and this time the real thing, driven grouse.
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.
WATERFALLS offer Scottish landscapes movement and drama; no wonder so many visitors seek them out. Here are some of the country’s most beautiful
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
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!
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
ARDKINGLAS Estate’s Gruffalo Trail delights all the family, finds Catriona Thomson
TEAMBUILDING exercises are fun, but they also teach colleagues to work together in unexpected ways, writes Alison Campsie
SCOTS spend significantly more when out with partners, a poll has revealed
A THREE island boat tour offers a thrilling close-up view of Scotland’s rich bird life, finds Catriona Thomson
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.
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.
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
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.
AS more and more of us get hooked on pedal power, we examine some new cycle trends heading our way next year
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.
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 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.
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
THE SURFERS of Portland can’t wait for perfect waves, they have to take the Maine chance, writes Roger Cox
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.
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.
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.