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Gallery: Scotland's largest freshwater lochs

Loch Lomond Loch Lomond, its bonnie banks famously celebrated in song, is Britain's largest freshwater lake by area, stretching over 71 square kilometres. The loch is at the heart of Scotland's busiest National Park, and has many islands, including Inchmurrin - ...

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Cameron McNeish

Off road camping - can we cut out the confusion?

CHARLES INGRAM lives in a makeshift campsite on the verge of the A9 near Bruar in Highland Perthshire. The 70-year old former garage owner has endured three winters here, first of all living in his Mercedes car before migrating into ...

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David Lintern

Once upon a time in the west

Inverie is tiny, a shambolic mix of old timers in knackered, occasionally unlicensed vehicles and newcomers in obscenely expensive hardwood yachts, plus a few dreadlocked inbetweeners and hill walking holidaymakers. The pub and the café both shut midweek, and sometimes ...

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Our pick - Scotland's greatest glens

Scotland is as known for its glens as it for its bens. The word glen comes from the Gaelic and means a steep-sided valley - most of them were carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age; the word strath ...

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Ben Dolphin

The Lost World of Mull

Scotland’s rugged west coast is, I would suggest, uniformly magnificent. And yet, as you travel through this amazing place there are some locations that rise above even that lofty baseline. Some are famous, most are not. And ...

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Peter Macfarlane

Lightweight boots - Group Test

Last month I looked at trail shoes and the best thing about doing that review was the comfort and flexibility for my feet during testing. The good news is that these are still qualities you can find in lightweight boots, ...

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Our pick: Standing Stones and circles

Scotland's first settlers arrived over 10,000 years ago, and even today there are incredible monuments to the peoples of long ago. Burial cairns, brochs, hut circles and other remains are abundant across much of the mainland and islands, but it ...

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Cameron McNeish

Walking Man - the story of Colin Fletcher

AN American backpacker, Dr Robert Wehrman, has written a definite biography of Colin Fletcher, a Welsh/American whose works have inspired legions of backpackers across the globe, including Chris Townsend and myself. Indeed Chris and I have probably spent hours hiking ...

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