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...

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...

Video: the tide turns against the Porty jetski parkers

They say there’s a downturn. They say there’s no spare money around. Well, on Portobello beach there’s cash to splash, as the suddenly popular...

Vipond joins celebrity prang club

As reported elsewhere, Dougie Vipond – Landward presenter, Deacon Blue drummer and one of the few people to have been a VIP since birth...

Spiky lessons for us all from Adam Potter’s 300-metre plunge

Want more pieces on hillwalking and climbing? Consider donating to The Caledonian Mercury The prevailing response to the story of Adam Potter – the 36-year-old...

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Isabelle…

Last month, an account of a day spent pottering about in the Peak District led to some interesting discussion in the comments about whether...

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...

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...

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...

The dark side of the joy of motorbikes

By Tom Morton Forty years of motorcycling, and I haven’t fallen off once. Now here I am, in the deceptively sloping car park of Bushmills...