More than a view

More than a view

Book festivals are a great place to escape to; immersing yourself in a favourite, or completely new, subject can be just the recharge your batteries need from time to time. So I was completely hooked when the Wigtown Book Festival decided to mix words, which as a...

Water delight

Water delight

For me the Highlands have always been there for hillwalking, it was all about the mountains and the rest was really a backdrop to enjoy in the evening. But having young children has been something of an eye opener, revealing the many activities I knew about because of...

Going down the pub

Going down the pub

A pint in a cosy pub after a day on the hill, up the glen or along the coast is one of life’s great pleasures. On a cold day a blazing fire is as welcome as the chance to ease off your boots while at this time of year a beer garden can be a peaceful retreat after a...

A lost pencil

A lost pencil

As someone who makes his living by writing I was intrigued to find an old pencil high up on Ben Nevis earlier this month. It had obviously been sharpened with a penknife and appeared to be well used. It may sound a little naff to obsess about something so every day...

Counting birds

Counting birds

We have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, both of whom have become obsessed by birds. This is great, not only for the way it allows them to learn about the environment, habitat etc but it also gets them to enjoy my number one passion - walking in the outdoors. The...

ABOUT ME


I am a journalist whose love of the outdoors and all things rural has seen me walking the highest Munros, eating Scottish seafood in Singapore, stalking deer with a camera and just about everything imaginable in between... Find out more...

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