Another big cat sighting in the Campsies

In May last year, The Caledonian Mercury reported on a big cat sighting in the Campsie Fells north of Glasgow. Numerous incidents of this sort...

Hillwalker fights off reindeer attack with walking pole

“Walker attacked by reindeer” sounds like the storyline of a Christmas comedy cartoon, but it wasn’t at all funny for Pat Cook when it...

Six Scottish rail journeys to rival the ‘Harry Potter express’

It’s rare for anything Scottish to win an international award two years in a row, but the West Highland Line (WHL) from Glasgow to...

Scott of the Himalaya: hard climber, serious fundraiser

Doug Scott, arguably the UK’s second most famous mountaineer after Chris Bonington, is on tour in Scotland over the next few days. His illustrated...

The whys and wherefores of Sabbath shooting

A week ago in these pages, Hamish Macdonell discussed Sunday fishing in Scotland – the rights and wrongs, the legalities and traditions. The gist...

OUTDOORS – LEANING ON FRESH AIR

The Great Outdoors should be an essential part of education Outdoor education has been shown across time and geography to be an effective and safe...

A mixed farewell to Ben Lawers’s ‘Starship Enterprise’

Opinions varied during the 38 years of its existence – some found it a helpful source of information and advice on the surrounding hills,...

The Cuillin are fantastic hills – but need care and concentration

Last week’s tragic accident in Coire Lagan on Skye – when rockfall hit half-a-dozen climbers, killing 56-year-old Tessa Cousins and injuring the others –...

Liz Smith MSP ties up some unfinished Munrobagging business on Slioch

Congratulations to Liz Smith, who climbed Slioch last Sunday, the first day of July, and in so doing completed a round of the Munros....

Scottish climber revealed to be altitude record-breaker – 80 years on

If asked to nominate the most interesting and informative writer on the Scottish hills over the past couple of decades, many would plump for...