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Win a year's worth of premium whisky to taste

With Father's Day coming soon, we've teamed up with the wonderful Whisky Tasting Company to bring you the chance to win a year's supply of premium and rare whiskies to taste - worth £235! A specialist in premium whisky gift ...

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Linda Cracknell

Going solo

I was in my sleeping bag by 6:50 PM on the night of the Spring equinox and still able to write by natural light. I looked east, watching through the tent flap as the light died over Meall nan Tarmachan, ...

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Cameron McNeish

Political Priorities

VERY few folk would have been surprised if the SNP had not been the dominant party in the recent Scottish election but what should the new Scottish Government’s priorities be for the next five years? The SNP manifesto was fairly light ...

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In pictures: Black Grouse lek

Once seen, the sight of a black grouse in the hills is rarely forgotten. One of Scotland's four grouse species (the others are red grouse, ptarmigan and capercaillie), the Black Grouse was a game bird but after years of decline ...

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Ben Dolphin

The badger, the seal and the hare – a lesson in wildlife watching

The badger It’s dim. Though the days are getting longer the spring light is fading fast and I will soon be staring into darkness. I need to look to my right but I daren’t move my head, so I move only ...

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Autumn and Winter - Against All Odds

Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart begins on BBC tonight

A new 4 part BBC series begins tonight at 9pm on BBC1 Scotland (later on iplayer). "Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart" is narrated by Ewan MacGregor and will paint a dramatic portrait of his homeland's wildlife. With spectacular photography and ...

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David Lintern

Wild Camp 101 – choosing a site, getting comfy, staying clean

David Lintern shares a few basics for staying out in the mountains. After last month’s column about backpacking food, I thought I’d follow up with a few camping tips and tricks. I’ve met a fair few dedicated Munro baggers who are ...

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Cairngorms Nature Festival and the power of conservation volunteering

Charlotte Milburn from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) reflects on the man-made and natural pressures on our wild land and how conservation volunteering can help. I was walking out in the Cairngorms over the Easter holidays and as always was ...

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