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Bike trails

At the start of the Easter holidays, John Davidson suggests some great traffic-free bike rides to get you and your family back on two wheels after a long winter

Coastal highlights by the stackful

Published: Sat 24 Mar 2018

Staxigoe Ackergill walk

IT wasn't yet 7am and already I'd seen two things that lifted the spirits: first the sun rising into an almost cloudless March sky, then a farm sign bearing the message "walkers welcome" in bold letters.

Winds of change in Scottish winter

Published: Sat 17 Mar 2018

Speyside Carron

It's strange to be writing about this run while in the Mediterranean sun, thousands of miles away from a Scotland that is firmly in the grip of winter.

Making the white choice

Published: Sat 10 Mar 2018

Bynack More

Tentacles of interconnected ice crystals reach out from every point on each frozen rock, desperately clinging on in any sanctuary that offers even a hint of shelter in this wind-blasted landscape.

Eskers and kettle holes

Published: Sat 03 Mar 2018

Littlemill

THE last ice age is reckoned to have ended in Scotland around 14,000 years ago. It was responsible for sculpting the landscape, with giant glaciers gouging out glens, transporting and depositing rock debris.

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Fort William Mountain Festival 2018

Here's our list of outdoors events happening around the Highlands, Islands and Moray in 2018.

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Take to the trails

At the start of the Easter holidays, John Davidson suggests some great traffic-free bike rides to get you and your family back on two wheels after a long winter

Take to the trails

Coastal highlights by the stackful

IT wasn't yet 7am and already I'd seen two things that lifted the spirits: first the sun rising into an almost cloudless March sky, then a farm sign bearing the message "walkers welcome" in bold letters.

Coastal highlights by the stackful

Winds of change in Scottish winter

It's strange to be writing about this run while in the Mediterranean sun, thousands of miles away from a Scotland that is firmly in the grip of winter.

Winds of change in Scottish winter

Making the white choice

Tentacles of interconnected ice crystals reach out from every point on each frozen rock, desperately clinging on in any sanctuary that offers even a hint of shelter in this wind-blasted landscape.

Making the white choice

Eskers and kettle holes

THE last ice age is reckoned to have ended in Scotland around 14,000 years ago. It was responsible for sculpting the landscape, with giant glaciers gouging out glens, transporting and depositing rock debris.

Eskers and kettle holes

Going for gold

It's not every day you get the opportunity to be trained by an Olympic standard coach. I just hoped Alex Standen, a former GB skier and currently team coach, had got over the disappointment of just missing out on going to PyeongChang to help the British team and instead having to watch me struggle my way around a short course in Scotland.

Going for gold

Tackling icy run on a wing and a prayer

It's always a good start to a run when even the car park boasts its own attractions. If you go through the gate on the opposite side of the road to the start of this route and peek round the trees you can see the island which is home to an osprey nest.

Tackling icy run on a wing and a prayer

Roughing it

EVERY now and then I like to test myself on difficult terrain where route finding and judgement are a bit more critical.

Roughing it

 

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