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Cameron McNeish

Wild Land and why it should have proper protection

WILD land. We all love it and want to defend it, but what exactly is it in a political and planning sense? How can it be defined? For years I celebrated ‘wilderness’, and I habitually used the term in a rather ...

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Our pick: Scotland's best wee hills

Sometimes you don't have the energy or time to slog your way up one of the great iconic giants of the Highlands. Some of Scotland's best-loved hills are the smaller peaks, often more accessible, full of character and offering equally ...

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David Lintern

Music on the Bogland Rock: Creag Meagaidh

David Lintern discovers the woody magic of Creag Meagaidh, a conservation success story. Mooching around in the gloaming, seeking a good pitch. I crossed the burn, up to my shins, surprisingly cold, fast and flowing hard. Widely spaced birch and thigh ...

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Ben Dolphin

Red Kites in Scotland

It’s a cold, bright winter’s day and I’m sitting in a wooden hide. As I look through an open hatch the sun is warm on my face. Outside the hide, in an adjacent field, is a small pile of raw ...

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Mammut X Shot Head Torch Competition: Three to win

One of the most essential pieces of kit when out hiking or climbing is a good head torch. Even if you think you will be off the hill before the sun dips below the horizon it is always wise to ...

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Peter Macfarlane

Midlayers Group Test

I had planned to make this month's article a softshell jacket review with a nice selection of windproof all-rounder jackets for us to fight off the winter weather with. But as I sent requests out for samples it became clear ...

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Gallery: 13 walks with Abandoned Villages

The remoter corners of the Scottish Highlands and Islands are dotted with the remains of long deserted settlements. Many of them were victims of the Highland Clearances, when whole populations were forcibly evicted to make way for sheep. Others were ...

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Linda Cracknell

Stepping Out, Stepping In

From Crieff To Aberfeldy on Wade’s Military Road Linda Cracknell is an-award winning Highlands-based writer known for her creative approach to exploring wild places and man's interaction with them. Her Walkhighlands' essays cover the cultural aspects of the Scottish landscape on ...

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