Video: The story of Fingal’s Cave

The incredible hexagonal basalt columns on the Isle of Staffa date back around 60 million years.


Video: Edinburgh transforms under a blanket of snow with more on the way

With heavy snow causing disruption around Scotland, take just a moment to appreciate the beauty of the winter landscape.

Kenny Docherty casts from the banks of the river Tay. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

River Tay salmon fishing season gets underway

Angler Kenny Docherty made the first cast in Kenmore in Perth and Kinross during the traditional opening of the River Tay salmon fishing season on Monday.

Do you ever imagine your GORE-TEX jacket in a landfill site in a few decades time, stubbornly refusing to biodegrade?

Patagonia brings its Worn Wear gear-fixing workshops to Scotland

When you look at a brand new GORE-TEX jacket, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Do you imagine yourself climbing the last few feet to the top of a snow-capped mountain, the jacket’s easily-adjustable hood fitting snugly around your face? Or do you imagine the jacket in a landfill site in a few decades’ time, stubbornly refusing to biodegrade because its waterproof shell is made from an unreactive polymer called polytetrafluoroethene? Do you imagine the jacket keeping you miraculously dry as you walk an exposed stretch of coastline in the teeth of a winter storm? Or do you think of how all the carbon burned in its manufacture and transportation will contribute to climate change, causing extreme weather events to become more common in the future?

Scottish skiing pioneer Jim Robertson PIC: Ashie Brebner

Early days of Scottish skiing remembered in Ashie Brebner’s new book, Beyond the Secret Howff

As the snow continues to fall, and the nation’s ski tourers head to the hills en masse to take advantage of the best conditions of the 2017/18 season so far, let’s travel back in time and consider what the early days of ski touring in Scotland were like, courtesy of a new book by the pioneering Scottish mountaineer Allister “Ashie” Brebner. Nowadays, backcountry skiers have access to so much hi-tech gear they make astronauts look ill-prepared, but in Beyond the Secret Howff, Brebner tells stories from a simpler time, long before things like metal-edged skis and breathable waterproofs were available, let alone gadgets like avalanche transceivers and hand-held satellite navigation devices.


Video: When is the best time of year to visit Scotland?

Scotland has something to offer everyone all year round, but when is best for you?


Video: Getting fit in Scotland’s great outdoors

Getting fit in the great outdoors is a realistic fitness resolution new year gym resolutionaries could have made.

Project Awesome on Calton Hill. Picture: Facebook

Fun and free ways to get fit in Edinburgh in 2018

After all the festive overindulging, January is the perfect time of year to get off the sofa and become more active.

The bridges of the River Clyde and the Finnieston Crane, Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

7 of the best walks along the River Clyde

The River Clyde is Scotland’s second-longest river and has played a vital role in shaping both the country’s destiny and its economic fortunes for many centuries.

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Eight fun and free ways to get fit in Edinburgh in 2018

After all the festive overindulging, January is the perfect time of year to get off the sofa and become more active.


Video: Ten island paradises to visit in Scotland

If mainland Scotland is a hive of activity and culture, the islands are tranquil paradises waiting for your arrival.

The parkrun is held in Figgate park but some runners who are caught short have been peeing in a nearby alleyway

Portobello Parkrun under threat as athletes urinate in street

RAGING residents are getting peed off with park runners – for relieving themselves in a lane by their homes.

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Picture: Great Winter Run

Five tips for running your first 5k

Running expert Gareth Turnbull, a former athlete, speaking on behalf of title partners Simplyhealth.

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Couple become first to get married on remote island of Ailsa Craig

An adventurous couple have become the first people to wed on a remote, uninhabited Scottish island.

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Video: 12 reasons you need to visit Scotland in 2018

From the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the fiery spectacle of Beltane, we sadly only had time to fit 12 reasons in this video.


Video: Winter arrives on the Scottish mountains

It doesn’t matter if it’s a light dusting through Glencoe or a white out in the Cairngorms, Scotland looks great in winter.


Winter Solstice pictures and tweets from across Scotland

On the shortest day of the year, the sun set at 2.54pm in Shetland, 60 degrees north of the equator.

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How to run a 5k in under 20 minutes

So if you find yourself reading this article, then you are already a very competent runner as breaking 20 minutes for your 5k is a time barrier reserved for those runners who really do have a bit of natural talent or just want to take their running that little bit more seriously! While no two runners are the same and training schedules will vary widely due to time commitments and routines, here a few simple tips to perhaps squeeze an extra few seconds of improvement into your 5k.

Calton Hill. Picture: Shutterstock

9 of the best winter walks in and around Edinburgh

You can always blow away the cobwebs this winter with a scenic walk on a crisp, frosty day.

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Video: Five interesting Scottish castle ruins you should visit

Even in their decaying state, Scotland’s castle ruins have more than a few stories hidden away behind their crumbling walls.

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