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Beavers are back for good

The Scottish Government has announced today that the Eurasian beaver is to be formally recognised as a native species, 400 years after being hunted to extinction in the UK. The two lead partners in the Scottish Beaver Trial - the ...

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Cameron McNeish

He Chose to Climb

Cameron McNeish admits to having been hugely inspired by Sir Chris Bonington’s early failures, rather than his successes. IT was a long time ago and I was lurching between jobs, unsure of my future and dreading the thought of suffering ...

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Win one of three 60 litre Mammut Cargon holdalls

We have three 60 litre Mammut Cargons to win in this exclusive Walkhighlands competition. Simply answer the question: In which European country are Mammut based? Product Details The Mammut Cargon is a heavy duty holdall perfect for expedition and travel use. Available in sizes ...

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David Lintern

Season of the Witch (part 2)

Following on from last month's article, David Lintern seeks a further audience with she who must be obeyed – the Cailleach. The Cailleach, the Scottish spirit-feminine of wild nature, sometimes benevolent and sometimes malevolent, is an integral part of our placename ...

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Ben Dolphin

Oops! I almost stepped on an owl

It was hard not to feel impossibly smug as I propped my bike up against the ruined house at Gortenbuie. It was absolutely calm, not a breath of wind, and as I peered through the empty windows the only sound ...

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David Lintern

The Season of the Witch

All Hallows Eve is almost upon us, so it’s time for another seasonal excursion into Scottish mythology. David Lintern braves the cold, twice. Right at the very end of Glen Lyon, there’s a little shrine called the Tigh Nam Bodach, meaning ...

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Cameron McNeish

Mike Tomkies – An Appreciation

I WAS saddened to hear of the death of the wildlife writer and naturalist Mike Tomkies, a man who penned some of the most riveting accounts of living in the natural world alongside golden eagles, wildcats and pine martens. He ...

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Our picks: Autumn Scotland

It's autumn, and the glens are quiet - or would be, were it not for the roaring stags. The leaves are turning and the midges are gone; is there a better time to get out and about in Scotland's countryside? ...

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