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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Exploring the outdoors around Glasgow

Despite being Scotland’s biggest city, it is surprisingly easy to leave Glasgow behind for a remote-feeling countryside adventure. Head out of the city boundaries in almost every direction and you discover farmland, hills and mountains that seem to pop up almost instantly. Go by car, bus or train and it’s an easy and speedy transition from busy urban life to peaceful rural enjoyment. But I urge you to do as I prefer, to journey on foot or by bike on a superb network of off-road trails and paths to exit the city limits. One of my favourite routes to adventures

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Tours Guides repair Skye footpath

Resilient tour bus drivers who braved high winds and hail showers have completed urgent path repairs at one of Skye’s busiest scenic spots. Staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners spent two days working on badly-needed repairs to the Quiraing route, which attracts thousands of people each year. The Quiraing in Staffin is part of the Trotternish Ridge, which was formed by a series of ancient landslips, and has become a hugely popular location for Hollywood films and various commercials in recent years. Despite very tough weather conditions at the exposed site, seven hardy Rabbie’s drivers and office workers dug out a

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Posted in Access issues, Nature, News

John o’ Groats Trail now on Walkhighlands

A new long distance trail linking Inverness and John o’ Groats has been developed and is now featured on Walkhighlands at this link: John o’ Groats Trail guide. The challenging route is 235.5km long and is split into 14 stages and there is accommodation and public transport at or near most of the stage ends. The Trail will provide a vital missing link for Land’s End to John o’ Groats walkers. The route was devised by Jay Wilson, who lives at Berriedale. It’s an unofficial route but Jay and an enthusiastic group of volunteers have been busy adding waymarks, stiles

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Posted in Magazine, News, Walkhighlands news

Undercover Osprey reveals itself as an Award winner

A juvenile Osprey that appears to be in ‘stealth mode’ has been revealed as the overall winner of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2016. Photographer Gordon Rae, from Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway, took the shot at Rothiemurchus near Aviemore. The judging panel – Andy Hall, Richard Shucksmith and Niall Irvine – chose Undercover Osprey as their overall winner from categories covering wildlife, landscape, environmental, botanical and abstract subjects, awarding Gordon the title Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016. Gordon said: “My winning image came by chance one morning when the light was in my favour really early on.

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Posted in Photography

Try a Great Trail

IN a message on Facebook someone recently asked about finding accommodation on the West Highland Way in June. “The plan is to turn up each night along the Way and hope to get a room somewhere without booking in advance.” It didn’t take long before an avalanche of response said “forget it.” It was clear from all the comments that accommodation is extremely scarce on the West Highland Way in June. Some said they had tried to book rooms in January for a June trip but with little success. My wife tried to book accommodation on the West Highland Way

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Skills for the Hills Day in Glasgow this weekend

The great outdoors comes indoors this weekend as outdoor organisations get set for a major exhibition in Glasgow aimed at encouraging people to make the most of Scotland’s hills and mountains. Skills for the Hills, organised by Mountain Aid, working with Mountaineering Scotland, will take place on Saturday at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Halls. Some 40 leading outdoor organisations will be taking part, with a mix of exhibitions, talks and demonstrations aimed at helping and encouraging people of all levels of experience, from newcomer to experienced mountaineers. The event will be opened by Mountain Aid patron and outdoor writer and broadcaster

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Posted in News

Trespass in the Park

David Lintern lifts the lid on the new wild camping byelaws. On March 1st 2017, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park introduced a byelaw which prohibits free and informal camping within new ‘management zones’, which includes around 150km of the most popular loch shores. Camping is allowed in predetermined places and the Park is selling permits for £3 a time, but camping elsewhere in these zones carries the immediate threat of having your details taken for further use by the Park and ultimately, a criminal record and a fine. On March 10th, some friends and I chose to consciously

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Posted in Access issues, Features, Magazine

Torridon Mountain Rescue Team appeal for funds to complete new base

After 40 years operating out of a large cupboard in the local Youth Hostel, the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team is to begin building a new base this month. The team said that “We are fortunate that the National Trust for Scotland has made available to us an ideal site, at the foot of our most spectacular mountain, Liathach, next to the Loch Torridon Community Centre and the Torridon Medical Centre (see plan below). “We are greatly indebted to St John Scotland who are funding the major part of the build cost. Nevertheless, we estimate that we need to raise another

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Posted in News

Our pick: Outlander filming locations

We know that many of you watch the TV series Outlander… so by popular request, our latest pick is of walks in locations featured in the two series of the historical and time-travel drama. Glen Coe The very first scenes of the first episode of Outlander were shot in Glen Coe – one of Scotland’s most iconic locations; the glen features in the credits. The glen has a dark real-life history too, being the setting for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692. Glencoe village lies at the foot of the glen, which is justly famed for its superb walking

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Our picks

Southern Uplands Could Hold New Modern Wilderness for Scotland

Festival speaker encourages communities to review benefits of allowing land to return nature and creating iconic destinations. A national rewilding expert is proposing that one of Scotland’s first modern wildernesses could be created in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. The idea will be included in a talk by David Balharry, Scotland Director of Rewilding Britain, at Wild Film Festival Scotland in Dumfries on 26 March. David is presenting a long term vision for between 200km2 and 600km2 of the old Ettrick Forest to be returned to its wild state and asking if this approach can offer better opportunities

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