Ben Chonzie in pictures

Sometimes a series of photos is enough to convey the experience of a fabulous walk in Scotland’s great outdoors. Here are the pictures taken on a recent Munroaming hike to the summit of the Munro Ben Chonzie. It was a day of stunning views and great company. Only the final photos at the summit of the […]

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Kit review: Mac in a Sac Active Lite cycling and running jacket

It’s one of those must-own items for cyclists and runners: A cycling or running jacket that is light and small enough to stuff into a pocket yet also practical enough to work as a weather beater. The Mac in a Sac Active Lite cycling and running jacket is the very thing. It is made from […]

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Kit review: New colourful sports PackTowls

Have you come across the towels that feel so lightweight and flimsy that you imagine they would be utterly useless for drying you after a bath or shower, yet when you do use them they are amazingly efficient at getting rid of water? These towels are made of a lightweight microfibre and offer amazing absorbency. […]

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Kit review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite camping mattress

When is a Therm-a-Rest mattress less than a Therm-a-Rest mattress? When it’s a Neo XLite Therm-a-Rest mattress. But, in this case, less actually means more. I already own a traditional Therm-a-Rest mattress. I have used it a great deal and really like it. But this new style of Therm-a-Rest mattress packs down to be much, […]

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Kit review: Vango Latitude 400 sleeping bag

I had planned to take Fern the Van on a recent outdoor brands road trip to the Lake District but the very few campsites that were open had camping spots only. (I guess I could have booked into a B&B or hotel but why waste money on such things when you can camp? And, after […]

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My healthier resolutions for 2015

I try to be as fit and healthy as possible but it doesn’t always happen. So here is my list of top 10 healthier New Year resolutions. (In no particular order.) Run more: I have been plagued by stomach problems when running but I miss running. So I plan to build up my running with […]

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A few things I learned on an outdoor brands road trip

Many people might imagine that I spend most of my working week out and about doing all kinds of amazing outdoors stuff. I wish that was true. In reality I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk talking to outdoorsy people and writing about great outdoors things to do. So when I do […]

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Sunday Mail: Wild swimmers in winter

I find swimming in Scotland’s lochs a tough and cold enough experience in the summer. (And I wear a wetsuit.) But there are a growing number of hardy souls who venture into chilly waters in winter – and without a wetsuit. I spoke to them about their love of this seemingly bonkers pursuit and what they believe […]

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Sunday Mail: Wild about winter wildlife

Scotland’s winter-time offers a great opportunity to see a wealth of wildlife. I asked the experts to reveal a few hotspots for my Sunday Mail column. Here’s what they told me. Read the full pdf left and right      

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Kit review: New Gore Element Thermo Lady Bibtights

The new Gore Bike Wear Element collection is aimed at the recreational cyclist with weekend rides of up to about two hours and those who commute to work. Gore Element Thermo Lady Bibtights + have a padded insert for seated comfort. The Element Thermo Lady Bibtights (without the +) have no pad. I personally prefer to […]

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