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John Davidson


Content and Commercial Editor

John Davidson is a content editor covering our north Highland patch including the John O'Groat Journal, Caithness Courier and Northern Times titles. He is also responsible for commercial editorial content across the company, contributes to other titles including the Inverness Courier and also looks after the regular Active Outdoors features which he instigated in 2008. John has over 20 years' experience in the industry, and has worked across news, features and sport as well as having expertise in the production of print and digital products. He joined the company in 2007 as a sub-editor, later becoming production editor and then editorial services manager before taking up his current role.

John Davidson

Highlands and Islands food and drink businesses given extra week to enter 2024 awards

23 June 2024
Highlands and Islands food and drink businesses given extra week to enter 2024 awards

Highlands and Islands food and drink businesses given extra week to enter 2024 awards

23 June 2024

Food and drink businesses across the Highlands and Islands have been given an extra week to submit their entries for a leading industry showcase.


Forty years after the first Midsummer Madathon, the Highland Cross is still going strong

20 June 2024
Forty years after the first Midsummer Madathon, the Highland Cross is still going strong

Forty years after the first Midsummer Madathon, the Highland Cross is still going strong

20 June 2024

John Davidson speaks to the founders of the unique duathlon that crosses the Highlands from Kintail to Beauly 40 years after it first became a reality


Trusted local news media important to combat misinformation, report shows

20 June 2024
Trusted local news media important to combat misinformation, report shows

Trusted local news media important to combat misinformation, report shows

20 June 2024

People will rely heavily upon highly trusted local news media to combat misinformation and fake news during the upcoming general election.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Glen Shiel Corbett offers spectacular high point on west coast

17 June 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Glen Shiel Corbett offers spectacular high point on west coast

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Glen Shiel Corbett offers spectacular high point on west coast

17 June 2024

John Davidson ventures onto a high summit at the head of Glen Shiel to enjoy dramatic views of this mountainous country


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Making tracks for others to follow

10 June 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Making tracks for others to follow

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Making tracks for others to follow

10 June 2024

Map-maker Steve Smirthwaite chats to John Davidson about exploring West Moray, Nairn and Dava to produce his latest mountain bike-friendly guide


£218k raised towards £300k An Teallach path repairs – but this is just the start

28 May 2024
£218k raised towards £300k An Teallach path repairs – but this is just the start

£218k raised towards £300k An Teallach path repairs – but this is just the start

28 May 2024

There are growing demands for a sustainable system to fund path repairs on Scotland’s mountains a year into a campaign to fix routes on An Teallach.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Head in the clouds on dramatic Torridon scramble

27 May 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Head in the clouds on dramatic Torridon scramble

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Head in the clouds on dramatic Torridon scramble

27 May 2024

John Davidson completes a long-awaited and exhilarating hill walk and scramble on one of Torridon’s beautiful sandstone giants


New £3.4m mountain bike centre on cards for Fort Augustus

27 May 2024
New £3.4m mountain bike centre on cards for Fort Augustus

New £3.4m mountain bike centre on cards for Fort Augustus

27 May 2024

A proposed new £3.4 million mountain bike trail centre and outdoor hub close to Loch Ness is seeking planning consent from Highland Council.


PICTURES: More than 450 take part as Inverness hosts 2024 Scottish Orienteering Championships

26 May 2024
PICTURES: More than 450 take part as Inverness hosts 2024 Scottish Orienteering Championships

PICTURES: More than 450 take part as Inverness hosts 2024 Scottish Orienteering Championships

26 May 2024

Hundreds of competitors descended on Inverness on Saturday as the local orienteering club hosted the 2024 Scottish Orienteering Championships.


The man behind the ‘Munro bagging’ craze revealed in Inverness exhibition

25 May 2024
The man behind the ‘Munro bagging’ craze revealed in Inverness exhibition

The man behind the ‘Munro bagging’ craze revealed in Inverness exhibition

25 May 2024

A man who started climbing Munros with Inverness Royal Academy’s Outdoor Club in 1971 is bringing an exhibition of the man behind the list to the city


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Walk up Dunbeath Strath adds to wonder of the past

20 May 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Walk up Dunbeath Strath adds to wonder of the past

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Walk up Dunbeath Strath adds to wonder of the past

20 May 2024

John Davidson enjoys an evening stroll up the Dunbeath Water, visiting two brochs, a ruined inn and other historic points of interest


ACTIVE OUTDOORS­­: Bluebells and smells on Loch Ness woodland circuit

13 May 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS­­: Bluebells and smells on Loch Ness woodland circuit

ACTIVE OUTDOORS­­: Bluebells and smells on Loch Ness woodland circuit

13 May 2024

John Davidson enjoys a gentle run around the woods at Dores and discovers it’s the perfect time for these wonderful spring flowers


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: A new bridge in Glen Affric proves popular with walkers

06 May 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: A new bridge in Glen Affric proves popular with walkers

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: A new bridge in Glen Affric proves popular with walkers

06 May 2024

Path upgrades and a new bridge have improved a popular walking route in the Highlands’ most beautiful glen. John Davidson went to take a look


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: 10 years of the Etape Loch Ness as thousands enjoy cycle event

29 April 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: 10 years of the Etape Loch Ness as thousands enjoy cycle event

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: 10 years of the Etape Loch Ness as thousands enjoy cycle event

29 April 2024

John Davidson completes another Etape Loch Ness as the 66-mile cycle sportive celebrates a decade of welcoming riders from around the world


Climbers gather in Inverness for final competition of season at The Ledge

25 April 2024
Climbers gather in Inverness for final competition of season at The Ledge

Climbers gather in Inverness for final competition of season at The Ledge

25 April 2024

Climbers in Inverness reached new heights at the final competition of the 2023/24 season at The Ledge climbing gym on Saturday.


John O’Groats Trail bridge fundraiser hits £5k target

25 April 2024
John O’Groats Trail bridge fundraiser hits £5k target

John O’Groats Trail bridge fundraiser hits £5k target

25 April 2024

More than £5000 has been raised towards a new bridge on the John O’Groats Trail after a mystery donor pledged to match funds donated by the public.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Spring in the step on woodland walk above Loch Ness

22 April 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Spring in the step on woodland walk above Loch Ness

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Spring in the step on woodland walk above Loch Ness

22 April 2024

John Davidson explores a quieter route in the hills above Dores, where a new hydro development looks set to impact on the area in the next few years


John O’Groats Trail: Loth Burn bridge plans backed by mystery donor

22 April 2024
John O’Groats Trail: Loth Burn bridge plans backed by mystery donor

John O’Groats Trail: Loth Burn bridge plans backed by mystery donor

22 April 2024

A mystery donor is helping to build bridges in the north of Scotland after pledging thousands of pounds to a Highland trail group.


Trails clean-up and safer streets push for Earth Day in Inverness

17 April 2024
Trails clean-up and safer streets push for Earth Day in Inverness

Trails clean-up and safer streets push for Earth Day in Inverness

17 April 2024

Volunteers and campaigners are hoping for a clean sweep for Earth Day as they look to improve the environment in and around Inverness.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: New high-level route at Abriachan forest opens up options along Great Glen Way

15 April 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: New high-level route at Abriachan forest opens up options along Great Glen Way

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: New high-level route at Abriachan forest opens up options along Great Glen Way

15 April 2024

John Davidson completes a loop of the Great Glen Way, taking in the newly signed high-level route over Carn na Leitire


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