Diary: unearthing a little history about the Kilmarnock willow

Ask me this time last week what I knew of Kilmarnock, and I would have trotted out that it gave rise to an edition...

When art meets acceleration: Andy Scott sculpture smashed by boy racer

Various of the statues and public sculptures to be found in central Scotland have suffered mishaps in recent years. There was, for instance, the...

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...

No worries – but plenty of potholes – on a useful Highland road

Word came in a couple of weeks ago of a possible access problem on the Lairig nan Lunn road that links Glen Lochay with...

Why humans – and their dogs – need to take care with ticks

By Elizabeth McQuillan Nasty little critters. Ticks apply stealth tactics to latch on to their victim, and wait in the long grass and bracken for...

Stage set for further twists in saga of gay couples and B&Bs

This week has seen a legal ruling in Bristol that could prove to be significant for the tourist-accommodation industry across the whole of the...

Palm trees fall victim to harsh winter and spring

The harshest, most sustained winter for quite some time has all but left us. Just about the only cold-season joys that remain are some...

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...

MAPPING THE WILDERNESS

Assynt - one of the last wilderness areas They say Scotland has some of the last wilderness areas left in Western Europe. But where exactly...

The ghost of the night-bird: owls and their mysterious imprints

A variety of news outlets, including the BBC and the Westmorland Gazette, have published a beautiful, haunting picture of an imprint made by an...