Finding the right way, for fun

Finding the right way, for fun

A VERSION OF THIS APPEARED IN THE OCTOBER 2020 SCOTS MAGAZINE I have always thought of orienteering as something of a nerdy pursuit – all about peering at a compass and map. Surely yomping up a mountain, camping in the wilds or paddling a kayak is more fun? Actually,...

St Kilda, 90 years since evacuation

St Kilda, 90 years since evacuation

Robbie Weir 2006. St Kilda. National Trust for Scotland. A version of this article appears in the latest edition of The Scots Magazine. Pics courtesy of National Trust for Scotland. When Alice MacLachlan arrived on St Kilda in 1906 with her husband, Peter, the newly...

Goat gardening

Goat gardening

This appeared in the national papers earlier in lockdown. Pic courtesy of Ed Daynes. By Nick Drainey One of the most famous pubs in the Highlands is having the lawn in its beer garden cut by a herd of feral goats during the coronavirus lockdown. The horned animals are...

Tapping into birch

Tapping into birch

By Nick Drainey The health giving properties of the sap from birch trees were recognised in Caithness 5,000 years ago, being drunk by humans and even cattle as the long, cold months of winter came to an end. Now, in the forests of Perthshire, the practice of taking...

CALLANDER CRAIG AND BRACKLINN FALLS

CALLANDER CRAIG AND BRACKLINN FALLS

Falls higher up the Keltie Water near Scout Pool A version of this article is in the September 2019 edition of The Scots Magazine CALLANDER CRAIG AND BRACKLINN FALLS, TROSSACHS By Nick Drainey Length: 6.5km (4 miles) Height gained: 320m (1,050ft) Time: 2 to 3 hours OS...

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...

RECENT POSTS

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe. It's FREE!