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Forget two-week holidays and go for three-day adventures instead

New BBC travel show Wild Escapes offers solutions for the time poor, writes Gemma Dunn

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West Sands, St Andrews. Picture:  Joan Murfitt

Five of the best beaches to ride a horse on in Scotland

Scotland has wonderful beaches and there are many great riding stables.

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Runners ready for Scotland's own 'Marathon Des Sables'

Almost 200 runners will set off from Fort William in the Scottish Highlands for the extreme Cape Wrath Ultra Race 2018.

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In pictures: 7 hidden gem villages across Scotland well worth a visit

The very best of Scotland can only be reached after you leave the hustle and bustle of the nation’s cities.

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Ross Ryan, painting while rounding Ardnamurchan point "in a blow"

Wild Hebridean seas a big draw for Ross Ryan’s sailing and painting adventures

Last September, the artist Ross Ryan set sail from Crinan aboard Sgarbh, a 40-foot wooden fishing boat dating from 1947. His plan was to make a 60-day solo voyage around the Hebrides using the boat as his floating studio, and the results of his adventure are now on display at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. In his introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Ryan says that the idea of going sailing in the stormy months of autumn conjured up romantic images of “nursing the stove as the wind played tunes in the rigging” but that the reality was “somewhat less cosy.” That’s putting it mildly. Last autumn turned out to be even windier than usual on the west coast (anyone remember Hurricane Ophelia?) and Ryan says he often found himself “holed up in small guts waiting to be allowed to continue north.”

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If you want to get out and about to get fit in Edinburgh, here are some clubs to try (Photo: Shutterstock)

9 outdoor fitness clubs to try in Edinburgh

If you find yourself putting off the gym because the weather is too nice, this one’s for you.

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete is one of Mollie Hughes' favourite Scottish walks (Photo: Shutterstock)

7 of the best walks in Scotland - according to an Everest climber

Edinburgh mountaineer Mollie Hughes reveals her seven favourite climbs in Scotland.
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Mollie Hughes has summited Mount Everest twice

How Scotland's mountains prepared Mollie Hughes for Everest

Edinburgh mountaineer Mollie Hughes explains how living in Scotland prepared her for record-breaking climb of Mount Everest.
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Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry is a great weekend getaway (Photo: Contributed)

10 three-night summer staycations in Scotland for less than £300

Whether you're planning a romantic trip for two, a family excursion or a group holiday with a difference - we’ve put together a list of fantastic places to stay here in Scotland.

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The Fisherfield Forest Munros contain two of Scotlands least climbed mountains (Photo: Shutterstock)

The 10 wildest and least climbed Munros in Scotland

Head into the wilderness and take on one of the most remote Munros.
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Andy Hadden's Wavegarden Scotland project has now received planning permission. Scotland's first artificial surf park ad leisure complex, it will sit within a 23 hectare country park with amenities including a waterfront caf� and restaurant, retail spaces, zip line, a bike skills track and a snowsports training jump.

Interview: Entrepreneur Andy Hadden on his plan to bring world class surfing waves to Edinburgh

At the end of last month the much-discussed Wavegarden Scotland project received planning consent from the City of Edinburgh Council, delighting surfers from Coldingham to Thurso. The idea of a perfect surfing wave breaking in a former quarry in Ratho sounds so far-fetched, however, that when I catch up with 36-year-old Andy Hadden, co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, the company which is developing the site, I still feel I have to ask him: is this really happening?

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The Hovercraft, designed by Jeremy Jones

Roger Cox: Some men buy a faster car when they hit 40. I’ve gone for a Hovercraft instead

About eight years ago I was at Colorado’s historic Winter Park ski resort, which first welcomed skiers in the ‘make turns not war’ season of 1939-40, getting shown around the place by a young snowboard instructor with a view to writing about it for the travel pages of this newspaper. I can’t remember the instructor’s name, but I do remember that he was a big fan of moguls (just as well for him, as Winter Park is famous for its mogul runs) and I also remember that he was very keen that I should sample some of these “bump runs,” as the Americans call them, even though they are about my least favourite thing to do on a snowboard. To be fair to my guide he did his best to help me out, giving me a very thorough bump-boarding tutorial, but in the end his frustration evidently got the better of him and he told me I was snowboarding like his dad. Ouch.

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If you like to get outdoors and be active, here are some fun new hobbies to try this summer in Scotland (Photo: Shutterstock)

10 alternative sporty activities to try in Scotland this summer

Why not do something a little different this summer and try one of these unusual but exciting activities?

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North Coast 500 poster showcases road not on route

This view of Glen Docherty on the North Coast 500 publicity poster is stunning - but it’s not actually on the route.

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Edinburgh is surrounded by excellent cycling trails (Photo: Shutterstock)

6 of the best summer bike rides in and around Edinburgh

Summer is most definitely in the air in Edinburgh, with lighter mornings and evenings meaning there’s no better time to dust down your bike and consider a trip into the great outdoors, writes Claire Connachan.

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You don't have to travel far from Edinburgh to get a sense of wilderness (Photo: Shutterstock)

5 places to wild camp near Edinburgh

As weather conditions soften and summer slowly, but surely returns, dust off the tent and try one of these wild camps in close proximity to Edinburgh.
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25 great Scottish walks with stunning scenery

Though there are thousands of superb walks in Scotland, some are a step above the rest.

We’ve compiled a list of twenty-five great Scottish walks to get stuck into this National Walking Month.

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Snow patches a threat to hillwalkers, Mountaineering Scotland warns

Hillwalkers have been urged to treat long-lying snow patches on mountains with caution as the May bank holiday approaches.

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Scotland is home to many stunning hills and mountains

Quiz: Can you identify these iconic Scottish hills and mountains?

Scotland is home to some stunning mountains - but can you name them under pressure?

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Glencoe is now the only resort still open. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Scotland’s ski resorts to wind down after ‘fantastic season’

Four of Scotland’s five winter resorts have now shut down as this year’s ski season comes to a close, with many describing it as one of the best the country has had in years.

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