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Our pick: Walks from the NC500, Part 2

This is the second part of our pick of walks from the NC500 road-trip route around the North of Scotland. The first half can be read here. Glencanisp circuit, Lochinver The NC500 continues northwards from Ledmore junction, passing the atmospheric ruins of ...

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Our pick: walks from the NC500

The NC500 - the 'NC' standing for North Coast - has become a hugely popular road-trip route around the North Highlands over the last few years. The route - a loop around northern Scotland from Inverness - has acheived wide ...

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Charlotte Milburn

Environmental Volunteering and the Cairngorms National Park

Volunteers are everywhere! What - or perhaps who - do you think of when you hear the word 'volunteer'? Maybe the many volunteers forming part of the Mountain Rescue services across the country? Perhaps helping out with your children’s sports team? ...

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David Lintern

Search and Rescue

Britain's voluntary land-based mountain rescue teams are supported by professional helicopter search and rescue operations. David Lintern visits the new Coastguard Search and Rescue base at Prestwick. Prestwick SAR (search and rescue) became operational in Jan 2016, and in that year ...

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The best idea we ever had

It is John Muir Day this Friday 21 April. It should be the perfect excuse to get out walking, writes Kevin Lelland of the John Muir Trust. "The best idea we ever had," said Pulitzer Prize winning author and associate of ...

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Ben Dolphin

Why we should care about peat

Peat. Don't you just love it? Well, if you're a hillwalker there's a good chance that you don't, because when it's exposed at the surface or when it comes served with its standard topping of spongy luminous moss, it can ...

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Cameron McNeish

Oh Danny Boy

I wonder how many others were saddened to watch a video on Facebook featuring the extremely talented cyclist Danny MacAskill and his cousin riding the Beinn na Caillich horseshoe above Broadford on trials motorbikes. Like everyone else I have nothing ...

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Walkhighlands adds its 2,000th walking route

We've just added the 2,000th walking route to Walkhighlands - a milestone for the site. Having recently passed its 10th birthday, Walkhighlands has long been Scotland's busiest outdoors website and is the most popular walking routes site in the UK. ...

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