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Banff Film Tour kicks off in Scotland

Scotland will host the first UK screenings from this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival tour. The tour kicks off in Edinburgh on 13 January, Glasgow on 14 January, Inverness on 31 January and 1 February, Stirling on 2 February and Pitlochry on 3 February. The Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling is a new venue for the tour this year. The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. With two different programmes of short adventure films to choose from, the tour features today’s

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Spooky bothy tale wins mountain writing prize

An annual competition to find the best of Scottish mountain writing has once more shown the depth of talent to be found among those who love mountains. In Mountaineering Scotland’s 2016 Mountain Writing Competition, eight top class stories and poems were picked out by judges, with winners spread across the country from east to west. This year was also a first, in having one of the winning poems written in both Gaelic and English. Mountain bothies featured strongly in the prose entries, with three out of the four prize winners taking very different approaches to the same subject. First prize

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Peebles call for adventure filmakers

Following the success of its 2016 Outdoor Shorts competition in January, which saw a record number of entrants, the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival is once again inviting short film submissions for its 2017 festival competition. Ahead of the next festival (27-29 January 2017), film-makers of all ages are invited to submit outdoor-themed films, either documentary or fictional work, of no more than five minutes duration that demonstrate creativity, originality and story-telling skill. Films can detail a particular adventure, journey, sport, personal experience, or be a portrait of a particular person or place. All must capture the magic and natural beauty

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Entries open for Mountain Writing Competition

The excitement and intensity of mountaineering has always inspired great writing – and now the Mountaineering Council of Scotland is looking for authors to blend their writing skills with their mountain experience for its long running literary competition. Entries are now open for the MCofS annual Mountain Writing Competition, which seeks out the best writing – prose or poetry, fact or fiction – to emerge from the climbing and walking scene. And, with more and more people taking art in outdoor activities, there should be no shortage of climbers and walkers ready to put their experiences into words and share

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Win one of three 60 litre Mammut Cargon holdalls

We have three 60 litre Mammut Cargons to win in this exclusive Walkhighlands competition. Simply answer the following question using the form below: How many sizes is the Mammut Cargon holdall available in? Mammut also have ten Baby Mammuts up for grabs, for a chance to win these go to their Facebook page. Product Details The Mammut Cargon is a heavy duty holdall perfect for expedition and travel use. Available in 5 sizes from a weekend-away 40 litres through to a whopping 140 litres, there is a Cargon for whatever trip you have planned. Anatomically shaped backpack straps make carrying

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Cheaper ferry fares for Clyde and Inner Hebrides

Lower cost ferry fares are being rolled out today on the remaining routes in the Clyde and Hebrides ferry network. The road equivalent tariff (RET) was first introduced for non-commercial vehicles and passengers for routes to the Outer Hebrides, Coll and Tiree in 2008. The cheaper fares have since been expanded to include Islay, Colonsay and Gigha. Today (Mon 26 October) the remaining 14 routes in the Clyde and Hebrides network will join RET with the Scottish Government estimating that car fares reduce by an average of 55% and passenger fares by 44%. The reduced fares introduced today are on

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Police appeal for missing Glencoe walker

Police Scotland are continuing to appeal for information to assist with the search for missing hillwalker Robin Garton (69) from Devizes in Wiltshire, who is believed to be in the Glencoe area and has not been seen since the morning of Friday 25th September 2015. Police enquiries to date have established that Mr Garton checked out of the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe at around 8am on Friday morning. He had plans to travel north to meet friends in the Kinlochewe area on Sunday but failed to meet as arranged. Officers traced Mr Garton’s black Volkswagen Passat estate car in the

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Report says new Scotttish National Parks could be set up easily and cheaply

Creating more National Parks need not be unduly complicated or expensive, according to the latest joint research report published by two charities, the Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS). The report argues that National Parks in remote less populated areas of Scotland such as Glen Affric in the Highlands or the northern Cheviots in the Borders would have smaller budgets, staffing and governance structures than our two relatively large and complex existing National Parks. Ross Anderson, Chairman of SCNP said: “This is the second in our series of research reports

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Tom Weir statue attracts bumper visitor numbers

Countryside legend Tom Weir’s statue at Balmaha Bay on the east side of Loch Lomond is proving to be a runaway success with a bumper 60,000 UK and overseas visitors since it was first unveiled 8 months ago to commemorate the life of Scotland’s most popular mountain man. The news of the popularity of the statue as one of Loch Lomond’s top attractions has coincided with the announcement that £21,000 has been secured for further improvements at the picnic site beside the statue and work is now well underway building more attractive stone walling, widening the pavement link to the

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Entries open for Mountain Writing Competition

Writers with a taste for the high life are being sought by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland for its long running literary competition. The MCofS Mountain Writing Competition seeks out the best in mountain writing, whether fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering, and winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to see their entries in print in the Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly MCofS magazine which goes out to its more than 12,000 members. The first placed winners in prose and poetry categories

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