Back to white: winter isn’t over just yet

To call it an “Indian winter” would be overstating things and probably not quite right anyway, but you’ll get my drift. What we’ve been...
The toilet-equipped Corrour bothy

Renovation, rewilding and other bother over bothies

The question of whether the various bothies and refuges in the Cairngorms should be repaired, removed or left to rot is a complex one,...

It’s leap year day – a critical moment in the world of calendar rounds

Today might not be one in a million, but it is one in 1,461. This is 29 February, leap year day, the cosmic-adjustment bit...
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Video: Fort William Mountain Festival

This week, the annual Mountain Festival comes to Lochaber. Now in its fifth year, the event is a mixture of workshops offering practical skills...

Conservation concerns as Scottish Natural Heritage changes emphasis

By John Knox Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has signalled a change in emphasis to focus more on using Scotland’s natural assets to create jobs and...

Diary: Red alert as the year’s third big gale rips through Scotland

Blustery hardly covers it – and it’s not really been a day to be up a hill or out for a sail. Like a...

Diary: A strain, a stroll – and a tale of two car parks

It’s a limbo that comes along every now and then – not 100 per cent fit, but not crocked enough to stay indoors and...

The curious case of the disappearing marker on Britain’s highest hill

“No.4 Gully. For climbers returning to the CIC Hut or Allt a’Mhuilinn area, this descent is straightforward in good visibility. The top of the...

A marathon and then some: the Glen Ogle 33

By Matthew Shelley My ultra marathon virginity has been lost: a coy start followed by seemingly endless humps and bumps and a sprint for the...

Gold and silver, doubt and enthusiasm as Cononish mine is approved

Yesterday saw formal approval of the application by an Australia-based mining company, Scotgold Resources, to reopen and extend the Cononish mine west of Tyndrum,...