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Karen Thorburn

How to Improve your Landscape Photography

Karen Thorburn shares her tips for taking better landscape photographs. If you've been following my recent posts, you’ll know by now that my favourite topic to write about is my emotional attachment to the landscapes of Scotland. This month sees a ...

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The Starav Group, site of planned hydro works
David Lintern

Looking after what we love?

Scotland's environmental record so far this year isn't that easy to digest, but David Lintern has had a go... It's 2018, and god knows there's a lot of bad news competing for our attention. But in a slight change to our ...

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New first stage for South Loch Ness Trail set for opening

The South Loch Ness Trail is complete with the officially opening of a new section between Fort Augustus and Loch Tarff on August 8th. The trail runs for almost 58km from Fort Augustus to the outskirts of Inverness, following a mix ...

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800% parking charge increase shocks hillwalkers

Hill walkers have been outraged by a proposed 800% increase in parking charges at one of Scotland's most popular mountains. Argyll & Bute Council has announced its intention to increase car parking charges in Arrochar, at the head of Loch Long. ...

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Cameron McNeish

Forgotten Heroes - Galen Rowell

DURING my editorship of The Great Outdoors magazine I had the pleasure of working with the celebrated American mountain photographer Galen Rowell. He had just climbed a Himalayan peak called Cholatse with a good friend of mine, the English mountain ...

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Gear review: Summer base-layers

I've not known a Scottish summer to be as warm as this one so far... and it's provided the ideal conditions to test out a range of lightweight baselayers. Summer t-shirts for walking are generally one of two fabrics these ...

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David Lintern

Team Heavy and the Big Rig ride out

Walkhighlands, or bikehighlands? This time it's a temporary two wheeled takeover, as David Lintern and family take to their steeds to reach the parts that little legs can't quite manage. Getting a young family out and about is harder than it ...

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Ben Dolphin

Wild swimming: Where have you been all my life!?

I always enjoyed messing about in water when I was younger but I'm not sure I ever truly enjoyed swimming in it. I certainly wasn’t a bad swimmer, in fact I took part in inter-school competitions, but I think it ...

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