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IT’S never too early to learn something new, like what is Outlander star Sam Heughan’s new project and is it now healthy to eat black pudding?

Outlander star Sam Heughan launches 2016 My Peak Challenge

Outlander actor Sam Heughan officially launched his My Peak Challenge 2016 campaign today.

The main aim of the campaign is to encourage individuals from all walks of life to reach their peak - from physical challenges to learning new skills. Challenges should be carried out during the month of May.

My Peak Challenge (MPC) is the brainchild of Outlander actor Sam Heughan and it is in support of blood cancer charity Bloodwise.

Heughan said: “I had this idea while working in Scotland. I love walking, climbing and being outdoors and I wanted to share that passion with all the friends and fans.

“There will be even more surprises in the future but for now I challenge you to make the first step with us and sign up today!”

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Black Pudding gains ‘superfood’ status

It has long been the centrepiece of a hearty Scottish breakfast but the health benefits of black pudding were often ignored.

But in 2016 it has finally found its place among the superfoods of quinoa, kale and black beans as the newest addition to a balanced, healthy diet.

Now according to online health retailer, black pudding is ‘going to become a superstar of 2016’.

There is no legal definition of what makes a ‘superfood’ but the term is used to describe foods with supposed health and nutritional benefits.

Clean eating of natural foods has been hailed as the way forward for all of us and processed food often gets a bad press, but the humble black pudding has bucked this thinking, with its benefits such as filling protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron which is needed to make healthy blood cells, it is expected to become increasingly popular in 2016 amongst health conscious foodies.

How has this affected Stornaway?

Revamped Caledonia Way cycle route to launch in 2016

A cycle route which is said to offer some of the most breathtaking scenery Scotland has to offer will be officially opened later this year.

The Caledonia Way, which connects Campbeltown to Fort William, is being upgraded as part of a wider redevelopment of the country’s National Cycle Network, with work expected to be completed in the spring.

It follows a new £3 million route from Fort William to Inverness through the Great Glen, which links established paths, and opened in October.

Sustrans Scotland today unveiled a video which highlights some of the scenery which can be enjoyed along the Caledonia Way.

“The new and improved Caledonia Way will be a fantastic addition to Scotland’s cycle network. Given our breathtaking scenery, it’s not hard to see why cycle tourism and leisure tourism are valued at hundreds of millions of pounds,” said John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland national director.

Cycling tourism is a growing market and foreign visitors were estimated to have spent £126 million north or the border in 2014.

Watch the video of the new route

Glasgow’s first arcade bar receives Kickstart from online campaign

Super Bario is set to open its doors in February but needs some extra cash to complete the build.

The brains behind Glasgow’s first arcade bar are appealing for help to kit out their premises in exchange for prints and a mention on their wall of fame, as part of an exciting new crowd funding campaign

‘Super Bario’, which will be located on King Street, is now the subject of an innovative crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter where its three owners are offering gifts in return for donations.

A target of £5000 in 30 days has been set and will go towards building a bar and cellar, upgrading the decor with the help of local artists and electrical work to power the games, among other things. The total currently stands at over £3,000 with six days to go.

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