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OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: It’s the grim days that stick in your mind!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: It’s the grim days that stick in your mind!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: It’s the grim days that stick in your mind!

11 June 2024

Good weather may make for stunning photographs but it’s the bad weather days that bring the best stories


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Making tracks for others to follow

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


Stunning peak will take the breath away

Stunning peak will take the breath away

Stunning peak will take the breath away

03 June 2024

It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on Stac Pollaidh as a teenager many years ago.


The Gathering festival dubbed ‘amazing’ as the sun shone down on the Highland music festival

The Gathering festival dubbed ‘amazing’ as the sun shone down on the Highland music festival

The Gathering festival dubbed ‘amazing’ as the sun shone down on the Highland music festival

01 June 2024

Organiser Dougie Brown says it is more than about the music but ‘a celebration of all that is great about Scotland and the Highlands.’


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Red, black and blue - the effect of mountain bike trails in the wet!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Red, black and blue - the effect of mountain bike trails in the wet!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Red, black and blue - the effect of mountain bike trails in the wet!

28 May 2024

Downpours make for a tough test on tricky trails in Lake District – but ‘Ralph maun ride’!


£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

£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

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


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

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


10 most wanted clothing and homeware shops in Inverness

10 most wanted clothing and homeware shops in Inverness

10 most wanted clothing and homeware shops in Inverness

22 May 2024

From global fashion empire Zara, to international homeware store IKEA, here are some store suggestions from our readers.


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

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


NICKY MARR: Not quite signing out after 22 years

NICKY MARR: Not quite signing out after 22 years

NICKY MARR: Not quite signing out after 22 years

15 May 2024

I never set out to be a writer but 22 years ago I landed myself a wee side-line; a column with The Inverness Courier.


New TV series inspired by Black Isle regular Ian Rankin’s iconic Rebus set to air this week

New TV series inspired by Black Isle regular Ian Rankin’s iconic Rebus set to air this week

New TV series inspired by Black Isle regular Ian Rankin’s iconic Rebus set to air this week

15 May 2024

A new BBC show inspired by the work of a popular crime writer – a well-known face on the Black Isle – will be broadcast for the first time on Friday.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS­­: Bluebells and smells on Loch Ness woodland circuit

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

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


‘One of the best in Scotland’: Big honour for Highland travel agency Murray Travel

‘One of the best in Scotland’: Big honour for Highland travel agency Murray Travel

‘One of the best in Scotland’: Big honour for Highland travel agency Murray Travel

03 May 2024

Murray Travel in Inverness has been named in the top three travel agencies for the whole of Scotland in a UK awards ceremony.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Escaping the A9 for high hill above Ralia pitstop

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Escaping the A9 for high hill above Ralia pitstop

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Escaping the A9 for high hill above Ralia pitstop

30 April 2024

Exploring a hidden route up a fine hill is a wonderful way to break up any journey south


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

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


Give that dandelion a break this May, says Highland ranger

Give that dandelion a break this May, says Highland ranger

Give that dandelion a break this May, says Highland ranger

28 April 2024

Making Space for Nature by Eilidh-Ann Philips


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

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

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.


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