A walk of two halves on Arran

He may not have seen a geological wonder, but Don Currie did get up close and personal with an unwelcoming raptor. Allow me to share with you a walk of…

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Cycling on the Isle of Islay

Neil Braidwood takes to the slow lane as he pedals around the island of Islay. The Isle of Islay is known as the Queen of the Hebrides. Devilishly difficult to…

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Lake District Break

Neil Braidwood returns to the Lakes and rediscovers old haunts. I have mixed memories of the Lake District. My dad used to take us there on holidays when I was…

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Climbing in Torridon with Hostelling Scotland

A guided walking break is a great way to explore our more challenging hills, finds Don Currie. There’s really no such thing as the typical hillwalker – but if there…

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Coasteering in the Isle of Man

  Neil Braidwood pulls on his wetsuit and takes the plunge. Coasteering is the act of working your way around a rocky coastline, combining climbing, scrambling, swimming and jumping. You…

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Ridge camping

Patrick Baker spends valuable time wild camping in the hills with his son. Sunshine slants in from the west, low and flat, casting our shadows in long spindly movements across…

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Borders Railway Journeys

Start your outdoor adventures by taking the train, suggests Don Currie. The Borders Railway, once the subject of years of debate and planning is a reality. It offers endless scope…

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Howffing in Scotland

Spending the night in a howff – a cave or other natural refuge – has been a magical experience for many walkers down the years. Patrick Baker followed in their…

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Bikepacking in the Cairngorms

  Bikepacking is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get deep into the countryside with your bike, so when Neil Braidwood was given the opportunity to take…

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Running in Scotland

  While staying at Glasgow Youth Hostel near Kelvingrove in the west end of the city, Neil Braidwood takes a running tour with Elspeth Luke from Run the Sights. I…

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