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Sea kayaking with Active Outdoors

06 July 2011
Sea kayaking with Active Outdoors

Sea kayaking with Active Outdoors

06 July 2011

John Davidson takes to the Moray Firth for his first experience of sea kayaking with fellow Active Outdoors correspondent Peter Evans and instructor Donald…


Up close to ‘The Mannie’ and cowering in wait for flying bikes

03 July 2011
Up close to ‘The Mannie’ and cowering in wait for flying bikes

Up close to ‘The Mannie’ and cowering in wait for flying bikes

03 July 2011

THE towering monument to the first Duke of Sutherland overlooks Sutherland from the top of Ben Bhraggie and is unmistakable on any journey north from…


Slideshow experiment

27 June 2011
Slideshow experiment

Slideshow experiment

27 June 2011

Here are a selection of photos from my walk up Ben Bhraggie.


Skills to survive in the great outdoors

26 June 2011
Skills to survive in the great outdoors

Skills to survive in the great outdoors

26 June 2011

SPENDING the day in the beautiful bluebell-strewn woods in Glen Affric recently, I got a whole new perspective on the world around me. I’m so often…


Bushcraft firelighting video

23 June 2011
Bushcraft firelighting video

Bushcraft firelighting video

23 June 2011

See the video from Friday June 24th's Active Outdoors article on bushcraft skills. Read the full article in The Inverness Courier!


The trails where forest and sea meet

12 June 2011
The trails where forest and sea meet

The trails where forest and sea meet

12 June 2011

It’s a wonderful place to get lost." The casual conversation I had with a lady as we admired the view over Findhorn Bay bathed in sunshine really summed…


Spectacular Badenoch views await on family’s first outing

05 June 2011
Spectacular Badenoch views await on family’s first outing

Spectacular Badenoch views await on family’s first outing

05 June 2011

A BOARD at the Uath Lochans car park describes this forest as "Strathspey’s best kept secret". Judging by the number of people here on a dreich weekend,…


On a high around The Aird

15 May 2011
On a high around The Aird

On a high around The Aird

15 May 2011

THIS wonderful road ride crosses that stretch of land between the Beauly Firth and Drumnadrochit known as The Aird. I find it an enchanting place,…


A steep descent into ancient Black Isle history

08 May 2011
A steep descent into ancient Black Isle history

A steep descent into ancient Black Isle history

08 May 2011

WHAT goes down must come up, or at least that’s the case here. This great walk certainly takes you a long way down, descending steeply through pine and…


A sea kayaker's view of the Moray Firth

21 April 2011
A sea kayaker's view of the Moray Firth

A sea kayaker's view of the Moray Firth

21 April 2011

When I first moved to Inverness I decided I was going to learn how to sea kayak. Three and a half years later, I finally got round to it! This evening…


Map reading skills to keep you safe in the hills

19 April 2011
Map reading skills to keep you safe in the hills

Map reading skills to keep you safe in the hills

19 April 2011

Maps are like art to me. I can stare at one for hours, obsessing over its contours, its snaking roads and intriguing paths. Some people find this obsession…


Mapmaker gets a bird's eye view of the terrain

18 April 2011
Mapmaker gets a bird's eye view of the terrain

Mapmaker gets a bird's eye view of the terrain

18 April 2011

Steve Smirthwaite has the perfect job for any map enthusiast. The 52-year-old gets a birds-eye view of some of the most incredible places on earth, flying…


A trail of clues and a glimpse of a red squirrel

18 April 2011
A trail of clues and a glimpse of a red squirrel

A trail of clues and a glimpse of a red squirrel

18 April 2011

All of us who enjoy a nice forest walk have had one of those moments. Looking through the trees, you see a blur of red fur as an elusive squirrel darts…


Respect for mountain rescue teams now even greater

18 April 2011
Respect for mountain rescue teams now even greater

Respect for mountain rescue teams now even greater

18 April 2011

The massive amount of snow we have enjoyed (or endured) this winter has been a real bonus for outdoor enthusiasts like myself. It has meant the chance…


Height of charm at cosy getaway

07 February 2011
Height of charm at cosy getaway

Height of charm at cosy getaway

07 February 2011

OVERLOOKING the charming Tobermory Bay, the Western Isles Hotel stands proud above the familiar colourful frontage of the Main Street. It's a hotel…


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