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Monthly Archives: September 2019

12 islands at the edge of Scotland


Do you ever have the feeling that you really want to get away from it all? Here’s our pick of some of Scotland’s furthest flung island locations… Foula The incredibly remote outpost of Foula is particularly chancy to reach – the ferry (passenger only) from the west of Shetland Mainland taking many hours is often cancelled by poor weather – many visitors fly in a tiny nine-seater plane from Tingwall. The sea cliffs here vertically for 370m at Da Kame – second only to St Kilda as the highest in Scotland. Isle of May Much easier to visit is the

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Our picks

Farming and crofting in the Cairngorms National Park

Anne Rae MacDonald is a board member of the Cairngorms National Park, and a partner in a family farming business in Easter Ross. She is also a member of Scotland’s Women in Agriculture Taskforce set up in 2017 by the Scottish Government. To keen walkers and mountaineers, there is little need I am sure for me to advocate what a special place the Cairngorms and associated hills and glens are. For those who have a love of the outdoors whether through recreational interest or because they work the land, an appreciation of nature and the countryside usually goes hand in hand.

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To Know Being, the Final Grace

Cameron McNeish examines the lessons he has learned from Nan Shepherd’s writings NAN SHEPHERD, the woman-on-the-five-pound-note, was a reasonably successful novelist and poet but her work as a ‘geopoet’, if I may use such a term, has been widely acclaimed by literature experts and academics alike, as well as by those of us who love the hills. The focus of that work, a slim volume called The Living Mountain has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, championed by respected writers like Robert MacFarlane and others. Now I’m not an expert in literature and I’m certainly not an academic, but I am a writer and a

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