Batten down the hatches – the doom mongers are back

Batten down the hatches – the doom mongers are back

It is the time of year when hillwalkers, mountaineers and climbers need to batten down the hatches as the “ban this sort of thing” brigade take to the airwaves and newspapers. As snow descends on the mountains and rescues are highlighted it unfortunately leads some...

How do others really see us?

How do others really see us?

In To a Louse, Robert Burns wrote: “Oh, would some Power give us the gift, To see ourselves as others see us”. But we don’t need a power, spiritual or not, to tell us, we only need look at the tourists who keep flocking to this wonderful country. Everyone seems to...

A load of muck

A load of muck

Prime dog poo territory What is it about children’s boots and dog muck – do they actually have a kind of magnetic attraction which means a lovely walk can be tarnished by the need to clean off the excrement. The stomach-churning stench is actually the least offensive...

Spring, snow and ski-ing

Spring, snow and ski-ing

We’re just back from a trip to visit relatives in the south of France where some of my cousins suggested a day in the Pyrenees to see the last of the snow. “What, more snow?” asked my daughter. “We’ve seen plenty of that at home.” Instead we enjoyed walks by the...

The joy of sledging

The joy of sledging

What is it about white stuff falling from the sky (especially when it comes close to Christmas)? Some see it as a problem and it is disconcerting that councils can fail to clear pavements and side roads, leaving vulnerable members of society housebound. But I am lucky...

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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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