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Steeped in Houstry

06 May 2017
Steeped in Houstry

Steeped in Houstry

06 May 2017

NEIL Gunn’s river was my starting point for an enjoyable morning among the brochs and standing stones of south-east Caithness. Along the way I discovered…


Close to the edge

01 December 2015
Close to the edge

Close to the edge

01 December 2015

EVERYONE knows that the most northerly part of mainland Caithness – and Britain – is Dunnet Head. But what comes second in the county’s…


Splendid isolation on the Munsary trail

02 November 2015
Splendid isolation on the Munsary trail

Splendid isolation on the Munsary trail

02 November 2015

YOU know you’re heading for an out-of-the-way spot when even the official signboard calls it the "back of beyond". Not content with that, it announces…


Lud at first sight

02 August 2015
Lud at first sight

Lud at first sight

02 August 2015

AFTER a few futile weekends of coast-watching – searching for whales and finding none – I decided to turn my back on the sea and head inland.


Taken by Forse

24 May 2015
Taken by Forse

Taken by Forse

24 May 2015

MONKS, Vikings, noblemen and herring fishers all made their mark on this stretch of Caithness coastline at various points in history. Today, though, I…


Across the forbidden bridge

29 March 2015
Across the forbidden bridge

Across the forbidden bridge

29 March 2015

I’M not normally one of life’s rule-breakers. But after I’d made it all the way to the old footbridge leading to Melvich beach, only…


Bogged down in ancient history

01 February 2015
Bogged down in ancient history

Bogged down in ancient history

01 February 2015

WHEN my front wheel began slipping and sliding one way and then the other, and I found myself plunging into mud-filled potholes that were deeper and stonier…


One-way ticket to Altnabreac

12 January 2014
One-way ticket to Altnabreac

One-way ticket to Altnabreac

12 January 2014

MAYBE it’s the forbidding turret of lonely Lochdhu Lodge, the only notable landmark for miles around; or perhaps it’s the surrounding landscape…


Cup woe for Clach after seven-goal thriller at Wick

08 August 2013
Cup woe for Clach after seven-goal thriller at Wick

Cup woe for Clach after seven-goal thriller at Wick

08 August 2013

CLACH suffered a heartbreaking exit from the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup at Harmsworth Park on Wednesday night as Wick Academy edged a 4-3…


Lilywhites Pole-axed at Wick

28 February 2013
Lilywhites Pole-axed at Wick

Lilywhites Pole-axed at Wick

28 February 2013

CLACH boss Iain Polworth has made a point of playing down his team’s chances of winning the Highland League title – and he is unlikely…


'There is life left to be lived – let's find a way of giving it meaning'

07 November 2012
'There is life left to be lived – let's find a way of giving it meaning'

'There is life left to be lived – let's find a way of giving it meaning'

07 November 2012

"I CAN definitely say this is the best job I've ever had," says Ian James. It is also, he is quick to add, the most emotionally demanding.


'We are supporting people in making the most of life'

03 October 2012
'We are supporting people in making the most of life'

'We are supporting people in making the most of life'

03 October 2012

MIKE Rattenbury sees a lot of sadness in the course of his work as Highland Hospice chaplain. It's an inevitable part of a job that is centred on providing…


'The hospice is for the whole of the Highlands'

26 September 2012
'The hospice is for the whole of the Highlands'

'The hospice is for the whole of the Highlands'

26 September 2012

EVEN after 30 years, it's easy to see why Cecilia Bottomley and Flora Mackay made such a powerful impact when they joined forces to start the Highland…


Warren returns as ICT draw at Wick

26 July 2012
Warren returns as ICT draw at Wick

Warren returns as ICT draw at Wick

26 July 2012

CALEY Thistle newcomer Gary Warren is on his way back to full fitness after playing for an hour in a goalless draw against Wick Academy last night.


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