Time to reclaim the balaclava from the paramilitaries

Where have all the balaclavas gone? Back in the 1970s, sledging without a balaclava was almost unheard of. I must admit, I had a red...

Grit box paradox

End of the road: where the grit runs out at Edderston. Jim Barton / CC BY-SA 2.0 The news that councils and roads agencies are being...

Why William Hague would have been better off camping

Amid all the discussion of the William Hague/Christopher Myers/twin beds story, only Stephen McGinty, in the Scotsman, appears to have touched on how utterly...

Hawk on the wild side proves a grand day out

A visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, just west of Stirling, is one of the better Scottish days out. It’s not pricey...

Icelandic volcano to shut down air travel for days

By Rob Edwards Hundreds of thousands of travellers across Scotland, the UK and northern Europe face mass disruption today as virtually all planes are grounded...

Walking poles vs crampons: Round 2

Following on from Walking poles pointless compared to crampons, I should pick up on various of the crampon-related comments – for which many thanks,...

Unspoilt Hebrides ‘under threat from giant windfarm’

Tiree is known for its surfing beaches and its sunlight but it is the abundance of another natural resource around this tiny Hebridean isle...

Surprisingly staring at Starav

It’s always good when one learns something new in a familiar setting, and this happened to Gordon Smith recently. Smith is an English teacher in...

What shall we do with the naked rambler?

News that the Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough, has yet again been convicted of nudity-related breach of the peace is merely the latest episode in...

Joining the mounting numbers taking up riding

By Elizabeth McQuillan Olympia this is not. Puissance this is not. But it does involve a horse and rider hurtling towards jumps, with...