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,...

Late-summer cycling and good accommodation in and around Ardgour

It was intended to be the last long ride of the summer – take the ferry from Corran across to Ardgour and follow the...

57 channels and nothing on (well, apart from a sleeping badger)

Chances are it will be getting only a few more viewers than the BBC Parliament channel, but Autumnwatch Live Badgers is worth a look....

Opinion: beavers, bumblebees and the biodiversity balancing act

By John Knox The news from the beaver colony is mixed. We learned from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) recently that the beavers at Knapdale in...

Asbos, contraceptives or culling: how to deal with the grey squirrel

By Elizabeth McQuillan Love them or hate them, grey squirrels have placed their paws firmly on the UK forestry agenda, seemingly intent on treetop domination....

Worried about satellite debris? Better head to Braemar or Mallaig…

“Is it wrong to wish on space hardware?”, asked Billy Bragg. Hard to say, but anyone living across a broad swathe of the planet...

Scots asked to prepare for remnants of Hurricane Katia

Travellers in Scotland are being asked to take care tomorrow and to allow extra time ahead of the expected arrival of the remains of...

The man who finished as third lady in the Mull Half Marathon

By Matthew Shelley On racy weekends away my wife often calls me the third lady. Odd, I know, but it’s purely a sporting term. Not...

From Shetland to the Borders: seeking refuge in a hostel environment

By John Knox I can report that the oldest independent hostel in Scotland is still in business and still coping with tired and hungry pilgrims,...