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Trail by the sea holds no secrets for walkers

Trail by the sea holds no secrets for walkers

Trail by the sea holds no secrets for walkers

18 December 2011

As we turned the corner, a wall of heavy snow greeted us and the road went from black to pure white in seconds. And that was just on the way to this fabulous…


One Munro to go after Alpine start in Fisherfield

One Munro to go after Alpine start in Fisherfield

One Munro to go after Alpine start in Fisherfield

11 December 2011

J?OHN shook me awake. After a night of fitful sleep in the tent I had fallen into a dream-filled slumber and didn’t hear the alarm. ?It was 4 o’clock…


Stunning new stretch of National Cycle Network opens up west

Stunning new stretch of National Cycle Network opens up west

Stunning new stretch of National Cycle Network opens up west

04 December 2011

The Caledonia Way is destined to be one of the UK’s finest long-distance cycle routes when it is completed. Even now, there are tempting sections of this…


Enjoying the quiet life in Sutherland triangle...

Enjoying the quiet life in Sutherland triangle...

Enjoying the quiet life in Sutherland triangle...

27 November 2011

Kyle of Sutherland loop - A triangle of tarmac offers a spectacular ride in the centre of the Highlands


Scenic Grantown walk offers wildlife wonders

Scenic Grantown walk offers wildlife wonders

Scenic Grantown walk offers wildlife wonders

20 November 2011

Anagach Wood and Speyside circuit - A varied walk on mostly flat terrain taking in beautiful forests and a riverside trail


Wide vistas await on the Mound of the Herdsman

Wide vistas await on the Mound of the Herdsman

Wide vistas await on the Mound of the Herdsman

13 November 2011

?YOU don’t have to climb high hills to get the best views, and one stand out example is Meall a’ Bhuachaille in the Cairngorms. At 810 metres, ranking…


Roads after dark are a new world

Roads after dark are a new world

Roads after dark are a new world

06 November 2011

IT’S an eerie feeling being out on a bike on a pitch-black country road with nothing but shadows for company. The experience can really play tricks…


Monument stays tantalisingly out of reach on extensive trail network

Monument stays tantalisingly out of reach on extensive trail network

Monument stays tantalisingly out of reach on extensive trail network

30 October 2011

A FEW months ago I wrote about a walk up Ben Bhraggie above Golspie and promised to return to try out the area’s mountain bike trails. So I headed…


Glimpses of glen’s lost railway

Glimpses of glen’s lost railway

Glimpses of glen’s lost railway

23 October 2011

THIS little adventure reminded why it’s so good to live in this part of the Highlands; a quick drive down past Fort Augustus on a Sunday morning and I…


Mist and scrambling in high places

Mist and scrambling in high places

Mist and scrambling in high places

16 October 2011

A WILLINGNESS to be flexible about your plans can make all the difference to a successful mountain day, and this venture was a perfect example of that. In…


Tested and inspired on long distance Highland treks

Tested and inspired on long distance Highland treks

Tested and inspired on long distance Highland treks

09 October 2011

Scotland’s most popular long-distance path, the West Highland Way, takes walkers from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William in Lochaber. It’s…


A leisurely tour round Lochaber lochs

A leisurely tour round Lochaber lochs

A leisurely tour round Lochaber lochs

02 October 2011

WITH my wife and daughter off to Mallaig on the "Harry Potter" steam train, I opted for an active day while they were gone, not wanting to waste the opportunity…


Gateway to India — on top of Fyrish Hill

Gateway to India — on top of Fyrish Hill

Gateway to India — on top of Fyrish Hill

25 September 2011

THE rather bizarre monument on top of Fyrish Hill, a representation of the Gate of Negapatam in Madras, India, is worth the steep walk up to for the views…


Up Cairn Gorm the quiet way

Up Cairn Gorm the quiet way

Up Cairn Gorm the quiet way

18 September 2011

HISTORY has not been kind to Cairn Gorm. Despite being at the heart of one of the most rare and fragile environments in Scotland, the northern corries…


New trail is tough on rider — and brakes!

New trail is tough on rider — and brakes!

New trail is tough on rider — and brakes!

11 September 2011

IT'S not after every bike ride you have to replace all four brake blocks, worn down to the metal but that’s what I had to do after a day on the exciting…


Roving the remote lands of Highland prospectors

Roving the remote lands of Highland prospectors

Roving the remote lands of Highland prospectors

04 September 2011

SOON forgot the 5.30am alarm call as the train sped north on a bright and sunny morning, mainly because I was eagerly anticipating this cycle around some…


Following the ‘red water’ into an enchanted wood at Cawdor

Following the ‘red water’ into an enchanted wood at Cawdor

Following the ‘red water’ into an enchanted wood at Cawdor

28 August 2011

SITTING immediately to the south of the village, Cawdor Wood contains a wonderful maze of tracks and trails, and it’s no accident that they’re here. This…


Put to the test in the wilds of Knoydart

Put to the test in the wilds of Knoydart

Put to the test in the wilds of Knoydart

21 August 2011

THE fishermen had given up — the midges had won. Despite lighting a fire on the shore of Loch Arkaig in an effort to keep the annoying beasts at bay,…


Family matters in a legacy of care for the countryside

Family matters in a legacy of care for the countryside

Family matters in a legacy of care for the countryside

14 August 2011

THE backdrop could not be more magnificent — the Cairngorms, rising to 4000ft, with a sub-arctic climate where winds can reach speeds of 170mph, beloved…


Walking & Cycling Guide

Walking & Cycling Guide

Walking & Cycling Guide

08 August 2011

John Davidson's guide to Walking and Cycling in Inverness and the Highlands is available in local stores and online. See www.treadwiselypublications.com…


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