Pencaitland Railway Walk and Cycle Path

Pencaitland Railway Walk An excellent route for a lazy Saturday There’s a fitness programme that’s been running for just over a week. It’s known as the...

Crossing the Coulin Pass by bike

There are places in the Highlands which today seem to have no raison d’etre – places like Achnasheen and Achnashellach for instance. Achnasheen has...

Fanks for the Memories

If you know what skiting around a fank is like, then I’ll wager you are a farmer, or have at some time or another...

THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?

In truth, a fate worse than a humane bullet awaits far too many unfortunate equines in the UK. Ponies and horses that were beloved...

Scotland failing to protect precious wildlife, warns government agency

By Rob Edwards Scottish ministers are facing “reputational damage” for failing to keep their promise to protect the nation's precious countryside, animals and plants, the...

Powerless on Islay: the after-effects of Hurricane Bawbag, the sequel

No email, no texts, no mobile phone coverage, no heat, no electric light, no power – it was like being back in the 1970s...

Opinion: How to live with – and harness – these strong winds

By John Knox As I write, the wind is rattling my windows and puffing down the chimney as if it will blow my house down....

Friday song: Hurricane Bawbag

The Sensational Alex Salmond Band have produced another topical video by way of accompaniment to their new EP, Hackgate. Written and performed by Mr Meteorology,...

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...

Enjoying the company of an Edinburgh otter

By John Knox I have finally seen my neighbourhood otter. There he was, popping his head up in Duddingston Loch and then diving again with...