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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Our picks: Scotland’s best wee hills

Sometimes you don’t have the energy or time to slog your way up one of the great iconic giants of the Highlands. Some of Scotland’s best-loved hills are the smaller peaks, often more accessible, full of character and offering equally spectacular views. Here’s our pick of 16 of the best wee hills around the country… some widely famed and celebrated, others virtually unknown, but all under 600m high. Ben A’an, Trossachs Ben A’an is the archetypal ‘great wee hill’. A glance at a map reveals it’s just a bump on the southern slopes of the inconsequential higher summit of Meall

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Monarch or Menace?

Scotland’s largest land mammal is also one of its most contentious. Photographer and Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, Peter Cairns, explores the ecological and cultural divide over the Monarch of the Glen.

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature, Photography

Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year winners announced

A summer spent focusing on a single subject has secured the title of Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018 for Edinburgh photographer Phil Johnston. Phil’s winning image Roe Kid Flower was captured during the summer of 2018 while he worked solely on photographing a family of Roe Deer close to his home. Phil said: “I love nothing more than being out in the sticks with my camera, seeing all the beauty that surrounds me and trying my best to capture those moments in time. “On this particular evening in early July, I had already spent several hours with the

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Posted in Magazine, Photography

Skills for the Hills this Spring

Mountaineering Scotland announce a series of evenings in April to brush up your hillwalking skills.

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Posted in Magazine, News

Out of the woods

Finding peace and mental renewal on a mindful walk in the woods.

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Blow for wild land as Glen Etive hydro schemes approved again by council

There was disappointment for outdoors enthusiasts and Highlands tourism businesses as a full meeting of Highland Council approved all the Glen Etive hydro schemes for a second time this afternoon. The three schemes situated on officially-recognised Wild Land were approved by councillors by 28 votes to 13, 25 to 17 and 27 to 15. Councillor Andrew Baxter – who represents the local ward that includes Glen Etive – proposed the motion to reject the schemes due to their cumulative damaging effect on wild land, set against a power generating capability that is less than that of a single offshore turbine,

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Our picks: the 10 finest Munros

The Munros are the mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet high. First catalogued by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891, the list has been revised ever since to keep up to date with the latest height measurements, and opinions on which summits count as separate mountains and which are just subsidiary tops. Climbing all 282 summits is a long-term objective of many hillwakers. Here’s our favourite 10 Munros – listed alphabetically – but don’t forget Scotland has scores of magnificent mountains which don’t quite make the ‘magic’ height of 3000 feet and most hillwalkers will have their own favorites that are

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Hillwalkers reminded to check avalanche and weather forecasts

Following the tragic news of fatalities resulting from an avalanche on Ben Nevis this week, mountain safety experts have issued a reminder to walkers, climbers and backcountry skiers that their enthusiasm should always be tempered by close attention to avalanche and weather forecasts.

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Posted in Access issues, News

Campaign offers advice for dog owners around livestock

Dog owners are being encouraged to take extra care around livestock when enjoying the great outdoors this spring.

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Posted in Access issues

Our pick: walks from the NC500

The NC500 – the ‘NC’ standing for North Coast – has become a hugely popular road trip around the North Highlands over the last few years. The route – a loop around northern Scotland from Inverness – has achieved wide publicity in recent years, and been acclaimed as offering one of the greatest road trips in the world as more and more people make the journey. There’s no doubt it’s a spectacular drive through some of Scotland’s greatest landscapes… but there is so much to see you really ought to take your time in order to get the most from

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