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Walks from Edinburgh by public transport

This is the second in our series of articles on a selection of walks you can reach by public transport from Scotland’s cities – check out the previous piece for public transport walks from Glasgow. We also have many walks within the city of Edinburgh itself – including each of Edinburgh’s Seven Hills. Tips for using Walkhighlands Whether you are using the free Walkhighlands app that lets you download our detailed route descriptions and GPS mapping for use offline, or just using the website, when doing any walk search you can specify if you are looking for walks that are accessible by public transport

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Gear review: Trail and walking shoes

All these trail shoes have been tested by over the last few months in a range of Scottish locations and conditions. Weight is per pair and for the size tested – note that we tested half in women’s and half in men’s. As usual on Walkhighlands, we don’t sell gear ourselves and so the prices stated are RRP – you will often find them on sale for less. Salewa Mountain Trainer 2 GTX RRP: £200Weight: 938g (Women’s UK 6)Upper: Leather/textile with Gore-Tex membraneSole: Vibram A heavier, stiffer shoe than most on test, these will be suitable for three season use as

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WILD: Climbing all of Scotland’s Munros in a Single Winter

In 2020 Kevin Woods become the third person to complete a round of the Munros in a single winter season, completing the round in the most unexpected of difficult circumstances. We’ve an extract from his new book on the round – WILD: Climbing all of Scotland’s Munros in a Single Winter. Day Off, 22 February In the small hours of the morning, I woke up to a singular deafening bang all around me in the van. I sat bolt upright, and still barely conscious, jumped out of bed and went to look out the window. Waking up fully, it wasn’t

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Our pick: 10 walks to tidal islands

Islands. For many people, there’s a special feeling when you leave the mainland behind. Usually this means taking a boat – but there are also many islands to which you can walk across the sands, a causeway, or stony shores at low tide. Look at the map and spot all those Isle Ornsays and Oronsays – the name comes from the old Norse Örfirisey meaning “tidal” or “ebb island”. The walks below require a little more planning than most – so make sure you check those tide tables carefully if you want to avoid becoming stranded. Vallay, North Uist, Outer

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Scots pine: the sight, the sound and the smell

After a winter of relative dormancy while much of the natural world slumbers, our senses kick into high gear as the warmer months progress. The explosion of life and activity means there are many amazing sights, sounds and smells for us to take in. But while most species grab our attention via one or perhaps two of those senses, the scots pine manages to tantalise all three. The sight We all know what a splendid sight old scots pines are, with their scaly red bark and sprawling asymmetrical crowns, and we love them for it. Their gnarly, deep green beauty

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Common Ground: Grant Moir

In our Common Ground series of short interviews, we aim to find out what makes our fellow outdoor enthusiasts tick, the experiences they share and their hopes for the future. Our latest interviewee is Grant Moir, the Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, the UK’s largest National Park. Can you begin by telling us a bit about yourself and your background? I grew up in Scone just outside Perth and went to Aberdeen University (mainly to be close to the mountains and for the Dons season ticket) to study geography and history. Having the Cairngorms within an hour

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Ben Nevis via the Arête and a Helicopter Rescue

May was a great walking month with lots of wonderful walk reports on the Walkhighlands forum as a result. Every month, two winning Walk Reports are chosen, with the winners taking £150 of vouchers to spend on outdoor gear at Highlander. The winning report is ChelseaMurray’s We done it!! an enthusiastic report of a great day on Ben Nevis tackling the summit via the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête. Congratulations – a £100 voucher for outdoor gear from Highlander Outdoor is on its way to you. A £50 voucher is also on it’s way to Alan54 for A Great Day on Stob Bàn…before a

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Common Ground: Linda Cracknell

Our latest Common Ground interviewee is Linda Cracknell, a Perthshire-based writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Linda was a columnist on Walkhighlands for several years, and also teaches creative writing. Her moving account of her walks retracing the footsteps of others – Doubling Back – is being republished by Saraband on Thursday 16th May; there will be a launch event in Aberfeldy on 23rd May. Can you begin by telling us a bit about yourself and your background? I grew up in Surrey and spent my teenage years escaping suburbia by pedalling out towards open heathland. While studying English literature

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Our picks: 10 more walks you can reach by train

Whether you have no car, are trying to minimise your impact on the environment, or are just looking to save the stress of driving and instead enjoy the comfort of relaxing on a train rather than face driving home with tired legs, Scotland’s railways can help you reach some truly superb walks in comfort. Following on from last year’s article, we’ve selected another ten great walks you can reach using our railways, scattered all around the country. This article was sponsored by ScotRail, Scotland’s rail operator. Plockton Explorer, Plockton Walk the walk This short walk explores what is one of Scotland’s

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Ants are, quite simply, amazing

There’s a big, dome-shaped mound on my regular walk through the local pine forest. Light brown, it’s seemingly made of soil but, on closer inspection, it’s covered in a thatch of heather, pine needles, moss and dirt. Although its summit stands higher than my waist, it makes for a surprisingly inconspicuous feature because, even a few metres away, it’s well hidden behind the heather that flanks it. You could therefore be forgiven for not really noticing mounds like this, huge as they are. For the past five months, the mound has been still and lifeless. But today is that rarest

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature


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