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Distilling the sights and the smells of Speyside

Published: Sat 15 Jul 2017

Dounie run

Head down one of the side streets away from Rothes' industrious main street and you are soon either walking along the grass banks of the Spey or, as in this route, enjoying the dells and hillside above the village.

Away with the fairies

Published: Sat 08 Jul 2017

Fairy Glen

Motivation is the key to getting young children to be enthusiastic about what us grown-ups boringly refer to as "going for a walk". That, and ice cream.

The island that was left behind

Published: Sat 01 Jul 2017

Stroma visit

I HAD often gazed across the Pentland Firth at the low-lying island of Stroma and been met by the blank stare of its windowless, long-abandoned cottages.

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The summit view from remote A' Mhaighdean in the Fisherfield forest, Ross-shire

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Having a blast on Cairngorm plateau

I HAD in mind a jaunt round the northern corries of the Cairngorms, but with a forecast of wind gusts up to 40mph I was a little apprehensive.

Having a blast on Cairngorm plateau

Distilling the sights and the smells of Speyside

Head down one of the side streets away from Rothes' industrious main street and you are soon either walking along the grass banks of the Spey or, as in this route, enjoying the dells and hillside above the village.

Distilling the sights and the smells of Speyside

Away with the fairies

Motivation is the key to getting young children to be enthusiastic about what us grown-ups boringly refer to as "going for a walk". That, and ice cream.

Away with the fairies

The island that was left behind

I HAD often gazed across the Pentland Firth at the low-lying island of Stroma and been met by the blank stare of its windowless, long-abandoned cottages.

The island that was left behind

High up with the angels

IT ranks as one of the finest scrambles in the Cairngorms and the rock scenery is dramatic indeed. But doing Angel's Ridge in a round, returning over Braeriach, demands some stamina.

High up with the angels

Exploring the Rough Bounds on a pop-up adventure

After years of saying I wanted to go to Knoydart I was surprised that it was hooves rather than hill running that finally got me over the sea to Inverie.

Exploring the Rough Bounds on a pop-up adventure

Making a splash on sunny family cycle

A COUPLE of summers ago I took my two young children on this off-road cycle ride by myself - this time I had parental back-up!

Making a splash on sunny family cycle

 

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