In praise of urban walking

In praise of urban walking

Scots Mag walkers out an about in Edinburgh Why choose to walk in a town or city, rather than the wonderful Scottish countryside? It isn’t as weird a decision as it might sound. As gales lash Scotland at this time of year, plans to get up on the high mountains are...

Foraging fun

Foraging fun

Foraging is cool – it used to be the preserve of hippy-ish PHD students or high end chefs looking for poncey mushrooms and weird “leaves”. Now it seems it is for everyone from those looking to improve their spag bol (use the water you soak dried mushrooms in,...

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...

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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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