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James Roddie

Mountain hare photography

With the winter season having truly arrived, award-winning photographer James Roddie shares his tips on how to photograph mountain hares. Mountain hares are arguably one of the most beautiful sights you can see in the Scottish hills. They are true icons ...

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David Lintern

Contested Ground - people, place and the new Scottish planning bill

Holyrood has been reviewing the current planning system since 2015, and a new Planning Bill is due to come before Parliament soon. David Lintern casts an eye over just some of the issues at stake for lovers of the Scottish ...

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Cameron McNeish

The End of an Era

Cameron McNeish laments the loss of our traditional mountaineering hostelries. I was initially surprised by the amount of criticism directed at the development plans for the historic Kings House hotel on the edge of the Rannoch Moor. Mountaineering Scotland, the John Muir ...

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Ben Dolphin

Meet the Pine Marten

"Oh wow! A pine marten visits the cottage" I exclaimed, uber-excitedly, as I turned a page in the cottage guest book. "Really?" replied my sister, not looking up from her book and therefore sounding distinctly underwhelmed. I always made, and indeed still ...

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Review: Osprey Tempest 30l women's backpack

RRP Price: £100 Weight: 86g Osprey's Tempest 30 litre pack has been my all-year rucksack of choice for the last 4 years, except when carrying a tent. It has seen me through numerous hill and lower level walks, my Munro compleation in ...

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Noup Head photo on Walkhighlands inspires new Dundee V&A

A photograph taken by Phil Turner for Walkhighlands has been revealed as helping to inspire the design of the new V&A building in Dundee. The photograph was originally taken by Phil when researching the Walkhighlands route at Noup Head on ...

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Linda Cracknell

Caterans, Cowboys and Cushion-covers

At the end of our first day on the Cateran Trail in August 2013, a friend and I found our way to a large plastic-wood bar at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel. A cavernous room was crowded with families, runners, ...

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David Lintern

Paving Paradise

David Lintern visits the site of a proposed housing development in the Cairngorms National Park. In August this year, the Cairngorm National Park Authority approved 'in principle' plans for up to 1500 houses and associated infrastructure near Aviemore. It's a plan ...

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