The wooden house with a heart

The wooden house with a heart

The house of a pioneering Scottish artist has been saved for the nation after a last-ditch funding appeal saw mystery benefactors come forward. The Tim Stead Trust had almost given up hope of raising the £450,000 needed to buy the late...

Facebook beckons!

Facebook beckons!

So I’ve set up a Facebook community page (you’ll find it here). It’s designed to help anyone who likes getting out for a good walk in the great outdoors of Scotland. Big day hikes to short strolls, Munros to glens, lochs to seashore, we will cover it all. The idea is...

#saveyouroutdoorcentres

#saveyouroutdoorcentres

This summer, as the hills and glens were thronged with more visitors than ever before, there were reports of much anti-social behaviour, from littering to campfire left smouldering, from verges used as toilets to trees being chopped down for firewood. Photographs on...

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...

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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