As a busy ranger in the Cairngorms, when you’re working with the public in some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the country, the memorable moments come thick and fast.
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.
Have you heard of Pitfichie?
Whatever your views of Munro bagging, it’s a fact that anyone who climbs all 282 will have come to know Scotland in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
With one dog nursing a poorly leg, I took the opportunity to take my fitter and somewhat more obedient spaniel for a long walk.
It’s great when things you think are familiar surprise you, and this run from Aberlour following the western, far bank of the Spey is one of them.
Last week, during a long walk back from a particularly heathery Cairngorms lump, I stopped at a well-known pool on the Dee.
Tourism chiefs are rallying together to protect a neglected but beloved coastal path from being lost completely.
One of the nicest things about a Ramblers group walk is the possibility of coffee and cake at the end.
A crackdown has been launched at Deeside estate amid fears rogue bikers are putting public safety at risk.
I always put my hat and gloves in the same handy place whenever I get home, on a shelf near the front door.
After the roaring success of Designosaur last year, Dynamic Earth is bringing the prehistoric world back into the digital age for this month’s half-term school holidays.
“Hiya!” Oh it’s such a small word. Such a simple word. So easy to utter.
A student from Bristol has died after falling 500 feet on Ben Nevis.
A memorial trust set up in tribute to a north-east teacher killed in a car crash has revealed the latest community groups to benefit.
At 7am the fog was rolling in over the farms, so I rushed up my local hill to watch the sunrise. I spent a sublime two hours up above the fog watching the beautiful lightshow unfold.
Scouring my map for another Marilyn to tackle, I stumbled across Coiliochbhar, a 533m hill in the wilderness between Alford and Kildrummy.
A Highland mountaineer, who spent weeks searching for two friends who disappeared in the Himalayas more than 30 years ago, has spoken of his relief after their bodies were finally found.
“So……what’s your favourite walk in all of Scotland?”
A 60 million-year-old meteor strike site is to be protected by security glass after it was plundered by thieves.
The Cairngorms National Park is to become the new home of BBC Two's Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch next year.
Unmistakable twinges of envy can be detected on the ruffled faces of friends and family after informing them that you are off for a break at Stobo Castle.
You have to have a particular kind of patience to camp out at high altitude for 15 hours straight, in a bid to film the migration of a Tibetan antelope.
A stretch of industrial estate has been identified as the “missing link” in one of the city’s popular cycle paths.
Female gamekeeper from Dornoch is beating the boys at their own game, and wants other women to follow suit
If you believe in popular stereotypes, then you may believe the life of a gamekeeper is an unusual choice for a woman.
In 2014 I was in the Cairngorms and walking a track near Loch Etchachan, the highest loch of its size and one of the more remote ones in Scotland, when something white caught my eye in the otherwise brown landscape.
Construction has started on a new section of a walking and cycle path in a north-east town.
There has been no shortage of bizarre rescue missions in the north and north-east of Scotland.
National park bosses will have the ultimate say on an expansion of one of the north-east’s most popular walking and cycling routes.
Autumn is an enchanting time across Scotland; the leaves turn from luscious green to rich red, gold and fiery orange, there is no better time to explore the country’s vast woodland in the crisp air before curling up in front of a crackling fire with a wee dram or a warming hot chocolate.
Banchory’s Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Robbie Simpson gives us one of his favourite local running loops
This is a short hilly loop covering the lesser-used trails around Scolty Hill and forest. It follows mostly single trails with some steep climbing and descending.
After a recent trip to London with delays at check-in, security and the frustration of waiting 30 minutes at Heathrow to get off the aircraft, my wife and I decided our next break would be closer to home.