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Tracing the canal for a taste of the Great Glen wonders

Tracing the canal for a taste of the Great Glen wonders

Tracing the canal for a taste of the Great Glen wonders

07 August 2011

I’VE had cause to go to Dochgarroch on a number of occasions recently — for kayaking, running and cycling — and it reminded me what a lovely spot it is…


Mysteries on the Tomatin circuit

Mysteries on the Tomatin circuit

Mysteries on the Tomatin circuit

31 July 2011

THIS captivating circuit follows two quiet routes which would once have been busier with traffic of very different kinds. It follows part of the old…


A regal day on the hill of the king

A regal day on the hill of the king

A regal day on the hill of the king

24 July 2011

THE farmer seemed taken with my bike — an older model Specialized Hard Rock I use for accessing the mountains on rough tracks. I was on the way back to…


The bike bus - it's the only way to travel

The bike bus - it's the only way to travel

The bike bus - it's the only way to travel

17 July 2011

All buses should be like this one. Modern and comfortable, with a bike trailer on the back, it’s a fine example of integrated travel. What a shame…


Get in touch with Active Outdoors

Get in touch with Active Outdoors

Get in touch with Active Outdoors

11 July 2011

We'd love to hear about your adventures in the Highlands & Moray and get your feedback on any of the routes or articles featured in the newspapers, magazine…


Seeing the light after ferry ride

Seeing the light after ferry ride

Seeing the light after ferry ride

10 July 2011

Tarbet Ness lighthouse, north-west of Portmahomack, is the main focus of this enticing cycle circuit but the fun starts before you’ve even got in the…


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

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

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

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

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!


Glorious glen is walker’s dream

Glorious glen is walker’s dream

Glorious glen is walker’s dream

19 June 2011

SOME years ago I was given a book as a Christmas present. The Big Walks, compiled by Ken Wilson and Richard Gilbert, describes a series of "challenging…


The trails where forest and sea meet

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

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,…


Over a hill that’s far away

Over a hill that’s far away

Over a hill that’s far away

29 May 2011

THERE is no getting away from it, if you want to climb Seana Bhraigh you are in for a long day – unless you decide to camp or stay at the bothy alongside…


On a high around The Aird

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

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

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

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…


John Davidson's outdoors blog

John Davidson's outdoors blog

John Davidson's outdoors blog

19 April 2011

Photos, videos and thoughts from John's adventures in the Highlands.


Mapmaker gets a bird's eye view of the terrain

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…


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