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Cameron McNeish

Time to end the selfish greed of the Victorian era

Cameron McNeish wrote this tribute before the sad news of Dick Balharry's death, aged 77. I’M writing this article as both a tribute to a close friend who is suffering from terminal cancer and as a rallying call to Scotland’s conservationists, ...

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Arthur’s Seat in its gaudy spring garb
Ben Dolphin

Gorse - the yellowest of flowers

If you had to describe each Scottish season using just one colour, which would you choose? Well, firstly, let’s overlook the fact that every season can feel like October in some years and let’s assume there are the traditional ...

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Linda Cracknell

The Writers’ Path: across the hills to Moniack Mhor

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 a quarterly basis. Always keen to make my ...

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Wildcat at HWP

The Cairngorms Nature partnership

Charlotte Millburn of the Cairngorms National Park Authority introduces 'Cairngorms Nature' - a partnership project between people and organisations that wish to safeguard and enhance the special landscapes and natural heritage of the area. The Cairngorms National Park is one ...

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David Lintern

Shooting the Breeze – M for manual

I’m pretty wary of straight ahead technical articles for Walkhighlands, but after chatting to friends on and off the hill, it’s apparent that lots of folk have incredibly powerful, modern cameras but don’t always know their way around the controls. ...

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Our pick: Scotland's great sea stacks

Scotland's tortuous coastline stretches for almost 10,000km on the mainland alone - or up to 16,500km if the islands are included. As well as picturesque fishing villages and stunning sandy beaches, there are sections of fantastic cliff scenery, including huge ...

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John Muir Trust backs reintroduction of beaver - and lynx

With the Scottish Environment Minister set to announce later this year the government’s response to the five-year beaver trial at Knapdale, the John Muir Trust has given its backing to the reintroduction of the keystone species. The Trust is urging ...

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Peter Macfarlane

Backpacking Kit Test

Most of my reviews on Walkhighlands have been a grouptest - a selection of similar or related items that I use and compare over time. This month is a little different with reviews of either a pair of test samples ...

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