4 + 2 = A Six Munros weekend

The plan had been the Skye Munros (or at least an attempt of them) but the weather forecast wasn’t favourable so we headed to where the sun promised to shine a little more. We arrived north of Fort William, up a long singletrack road/track at the edge of a forest at Corriechoille late on Friday […]

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Kit review: Halo Cycling Cap

The G-Force is a sweaty chap. He only has to start exercising and the beads of perspiration waterfall off his forehead. So he was keen to try a new product, Halo, which promises to keep sweat out of your eyes and off your glasses while training. He tested a Halo Cycling Cap. The lightweight cap […]

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Sunday Mail: The Chi art of good running

My outdoors column in the Sunday Mail on August 24, 2014, focused on Chi running, a style of running that is increasingly acclaimed as more natural, relaxing and effective. Many people say that chi running has helped them to overcome injuries and run further and faster. I attended a chi running workshop with Nick Constantine. The addition of yoga […]

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See top wakeboarders in Scotland

Scotland’s only cable wakeboarding park, Foxlake, in East Lothian, will welcome some of the world’s top riders next week. On Monday (August 25) a UK-wide tour of wakeboarders heads to Foxlake for the only Scottish event to offer an exhilarating display of stunning on-water carves, grabs and presses. The free event will also stop at […]

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Sunday Mail: The rise of outdoors weddings

Scottish outdoors weddings always require a plan B, just in case the weather doesn’t behave! Despite this, many more couples are choosing to wed in Scotland’s great outdoors and at some amazingly scenic and unusual locations. The three case studies – who were all lucky with the weather on the day – chosen for my […]

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Food, drink, bike and hike in Perthshire

Perthshire never fails to surprise and during a few (working) days away from home in Fern the Campervan I discovered many foodie #hiddengems (also see @eat_scottish), a fabulous new cycling route and a Munro that can be hiked in only a few hours. Did you know, for example, that there are two brothers running a […]

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It’s great outdoors in our National Parks

So close to the central belt and numerous towns and cities, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park offers an easily accessible outdoors environment. It takes me just half an hour by car or around an hour by bike to reach the southern gateway to the park at Balloch. This on-my-doorstep outdoors playground is where […]

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Sunday Mail: Record walk of the Corbetts

Almost 10 years go Lorraine McCall became the first woman to walk a continuous round of the Munros, walking and cycling between these 282 mountains with a summit of more than 3,000ft. This year, she has been walking a continuous round of the 221 Corbetts, the 2,5000ft mountain siblings. By the end of this month […]

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Ride the Tour de France’s Yorkshire stages

The recent Tour de France proved that Yorkshire can mix it with the established stages of the most famous cycle race in the world. For two days, 2.5 million people gathered on the streets to catch a glimpse of the competitors. Sadly, it wasn’t the best of starts as Britain’s Mark Cavendish, a favourite for […]

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Sunday Mail: We ♥ camping in Scotland

It might surprise you to discover that I haven’t always been a fan of camping. It was the soggy fields, damp sleeping bags and congealed baked beans at Girl Guide camps in my childhood ago that put me off. Thankfully, in the last decade, I tried again and realised that I love modern camping, and in all […]

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