Mountain biking for miles and miles in the Scottish wilds

A friend and fellow triathlete Nick reveals a superb off-the-beaten track mountain biking route from Tyndrum to Tyndrum and via Breadalbane (Perthshire) and Rannoch Moor. Nick writes: Much as I have loved mountain biking since buying my first one in 1986, I have never been anything other than pretty rubbish at going over “technical” terrain. Visits […]

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The fun of Munroaming

A few weeks ago I started a Facebook group called Munroaming. The idea is that people who want to walk or bag Munros can get together on-line (and in real time) to swap ideas, tips and advice. Some might meet up if they fancy walking the same Munro or Munros. Munroaming is also about matching […]

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Four women, three countries, two months, one river

When daydreaming about a new adventure American medic Amber Valenti did not restrict her imagination. She gave her mind a good workout and let herself think far and wide. In the end, she came up with her ultimate kayaking trip. Amber’s dream plan was to paddle a free flowing river from source to sea. But free-flowing […]

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Sunday Mail: Endurance (horse) riding

As you will know, if you read this blog, I am a keen walker, cyclist, triathlete, snowboarder etc but never a horse rider. I leave all the pony and horse stuff to Little Miss Outdoors. She adores all things horsey – and she is the reason why I heard about endurance riding. Chatting with some other horsey folks, while Little […]

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New report: Our biggest body hang ups

When it comes to our bodies, both men and women have their hang ups. For men, it’s usually their stomachs and “moobs” that they moan about, while for women it’s bums, tums, thighs and bingo wings. But it seems that there are also body hand up differences between the north and south of Britain. A […]

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Sunday Mail: New Perthshire cycle route

If you don’t know, Breadalbane is an area of Perthshire. It’s a place steeped in history and boasts fabulous scenery. Now a number of walking, cycling and mountain biking routes have been developed called the Rings of Breadalbane. Find out more in my recent Sunday Mail article. left page right page

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Sunday Mail: The rise of hutting

Hutting is gaining a bigger following in Scotland. Many people talk about the wonders of spending time closer to nature and in a small place they can call their own not far from the towns and cities. Here I talk to several keen Scottish hutters. To read the pdfs click on there links Sunday Mail left Sunday Mail […]

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Big day out: 5 Munros in Glen Etive

“It will be a big day out,” the G-Force told me. But he has said that before other walks and I’d been fine. “Long and with lots of ascent,” he added. Ok, I thought, but we have been ticking off lots of multiple Munro days this summer. “We might get to Munro three and decide […]

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A Munro and a plate of oysters

Sometimes you discover a wonderful pairing and can’t imagine why you hadn’t thought of it before. On Sunday, it was the fine companions of a Munro summit and a plate of oysters at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Timing is important for this one because the world-famous oyster bar closes at 7pm. I have long wanted to dine […]

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Medic explains Huzarski’s veiny legs

Did you see Polish cyclist Bartosz Huzarski’s veiny legs during the Tour de France? Many people did and questioned how they could be so riddled with big veins. There were accusations of drugs, obviously, but fellow blogger, Emma, a cycling enthusiast and writer, wanted to know if there could be other explanations. She spoke to a leading […]

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