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Book review: The Grahams & The Donalds

Climbing the Munros has long been a mainstream activity for hillwalkers, and many also aim to climb the Corbetts (Scottish peaks from 2500 to 3000 feet high), either after completing the Munros, or at the same time. Whilst a too-keen ...

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Cameron McNeish

Wild land – where are the supporters?

ALLOW me to spout some numbers if you will. Between March 2013 and February 2014, according to Scottish Natural Heritage, 82% of adults in Scotland visited the outdoors for leisure or recreation, taking an estimated 396 million outdoor visits. That’s a ...

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David Lintern

Water Walker – a landlubber’s guide to packrafting

A few weeks ago, Walkhighlands kindly reported on a little adventure a friend and I are doing in May. The plan is to walk and paddle across Scotland including the nine highest mountains – the 4,000 footers - using inflatable ...

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Our pick: 12 of Scotland's finest native forests

The Great Caledonian Forest once covered much of Scotland, below the high tops; Caledonia - the Roman's name for Scotland - means wooded heights. The forest declined over thousands of years, due to both a slow change to a wetter, ...

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2 - In the labyrinth
Ben Dolphin

The Quiraing - Britain's biggest landslide

As you drive the single track road along the Trotternish peninsula’s east coast, you’re probably intermittently snatching glances out to sea or up at the hills. And who could blame you? It’s beautiful! You could therefore be ...

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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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