It was the shortest day, and to be honest, I wasn’t in the best of moods. A broken night’s sleep, a dark morning and a little too long reading the news headlines had left me lacking in seasonal cheer.
Start from the car park one mile north of the Kylesku Bridge. This is the starting point for several walks and was provided by the Duke of Westminster, who owns the estate.
This walk starts from the heritage centre car park next to the old Culter station platform on the Deeside Way.
Until I had done an online search for walks in and around Aberdeen, I had never heard of Tollohill Wood, just outside the city.
It is a long drive up Glen Esk to the road end but I have never tired of this lovely Angus glen.
On a clear, crisp winter’s day, there is nothing better than wrapping up warm and escaping to the great outdoors.
It has everything from fashion icons to fearsome monsters, and antique troves to ancient documents.
There has definitely been a growth in the number of people experiencing the Outer Hebrides by bike since the Hebridean Way cycling route was launched, but the islands have a lot to offer in the way of shorter cycling adventures too – and the Callanish circular from Stornoway is a great one.
I’ve often walked the lower part of this route, but have been put off going further by forestry operations.
The drive to the foot of Ben More, Mull’s highest mountain, is a memorable experience.
Having moved to Aberdeen three years ago, I have always marvelled at just how quickly you can escape the city for the glorious countryside.
I had never climbed the complete Clisham horseshoe before – the whole Clisham ridge – and had been harbouring ambitions to do so for a while.
There is many a stunning walking route on the rugged islands of Orkney, and this impressive coastal circuit is no exception.
A vehicle track leads east from the Mamore Lodge car park through woodland alive with wildflowers, bees and butterflies in spring and summer.
The three of us met at Hazlehead Park for a leisurely coffee before deciding what this week’s adventure was to be.
Driving around an unfamiliar area with two dogs in the car trying to find a suitable place to walk isn’t easy.
Explore the outdoors: Be inspired by the connection between history and landscape on the Braes of Glenlivet
I love the limitless variety of the Cairngorms, and the way the inextricable links between history and landscape can enhance a day’s walk.
If you want to appreciate the beautiful beaches of Orkney and enjoy the thrill of a cliff-top walk, this route could well be for you.
An audio experience has been created to accompany a walk around Wester Ross' stunning Inverewe Gardens.
Having found that the majority of country buses take bikes, I decided this time to get the bus out to Crathes for my onward journey to Ballater.
An extremely rare seabird has raised its chick on the Isle of May this summer – with conservationists claiming it is a clear sign their policies are working.
The Deeside Way is great when training for a longer run as you can get plenty of easy miles on the flat, even surface, giving you the confidence you’ll be able to tackle your forthcoming 10K, half marathon or any other distance.
Ballater has become a bit of a cycling hub with two bicycle shops (both hiring bikes), some good routes radiating out of it and some great coffee shops.
Glen Coe has an extraordinary atmosphere.
The cobbled streets of Dublin, kissing the Blarney Stone, Giant’s Causeway: the island of Ireland’s most popular attractions are justly celebrated.
I paused at the apex of the steep arch of Sluggan bridge, gazing into the waters below, and taking in the tranquillity of my surroundings.
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For some, the promise of 18 holes is enough to entice them anywhere. But what if you need to convince your loved ones to come with you to golfing paradise?
Hidden up in the rugged and rural north, the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team are as much a part of the landscape as the rocky crags they protect. Philippa Gerrard was allowed through the snow gates for a closer look at life on the hill
Have you ever wondered who maintains the parks and gardens of the Granite City? Philippa Gerrard put on her wellies and found out
Fresh out of school, 16-year-old Danny Shand was all set for life behind a desk.
Bees and other pollinating bugs play a vital role in our ecosystems, as a third of all consumed food is dependent on them.
Splashing through puddles as sideways-falling rain crept slowly into my hood, it’s fair to say it took me a while to fall in love with the West Highland Way.