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Out of the dorm

The narrow final part of the ridge up Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan.

Scotland's youth hostels provide affordable accommodation for travellers in cities and rural areas. John Davidson visited two remote Highland hostels and found some unexpected benefits

A slog in search of solitude

Published: Sat 20 May 2017

Wyvis Lodge and its boat house.

THE area north of Ben Wyvis is wild and largely pathless, so you need to keep your navigation skills up to scratch if you venture there.

On the brae to view over plateau

Published: Sat 13 May 2017

An abandoned farmhouse in the glen close to Dorback Lodge.

The Braes of Abernethy are typical of the rolling grouse moors of the north-eastern edge of the Cairngorms but the Corbett of Gael Charn has one major point that separates it from many of the other minor tops - the remarkable views across to the Cairngorm plateau and into Speyside.

Steeped in Houstry

Published: Sat 06 May 2017

Achavanich standing stones.

NEIL Gunn's river was my starting point for an enjoyable morning among the brochs and standing stones of south-east Caithness.

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The summit view from remote A' Mhaighdean in the Fisherfield forest, Ross-shire

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Out of the dorm

Scotland's youth hostels provide affordable accommodation for travellers in cities and rural areas. John Davidson visited two remote Highland hostels and found some unexpected benefits

Out of the dorm

A slog in search of solitude

THE area north of Ben Wyvis is wild and largely pathless, so you need to keep your navigation skills up to scratch if you venture there.

A slog in search of solitude

On the brae to view over plateau

The Braes of Abernethy are typical of the rolling grouse moors of the north-eastern edge of the Cairngorms but the Corbett of Gael Charn has one major point that separates it from many of the other minor tops - the remarkable views across to the Cairngorm plateau and into Speyside.

On the brae to view over plateau

Steeped in Houstry

NEIL Gunn's river was my starting point for an enjoyable morning among the brochs and standing stones of south-east Caithness.

Steeped in Houstry

Taking time to explore quiet ways

It's been great to be back on the bike for more than just the few miles to and from work recently, and this route to the west of Inverness was right up my street.

Taking time to explore quiet ways

Taking the smooth with the rough in Glen Affric

Glen Affric is a place to get away from it all and soak up nature at nature's pace, appreciating all that is around you. My spur-of-the-moment visit was slightly different, though.

Taking the smooth with the rough in Glen Affric

New Ross role opens up plenty new ways to roll

A CHANGE of job, from sub-editor on Scottish Provincial Press's titles based in Inverness to reporting on the Ross-shire Journal, means my cycle commute is a lot longer.

New Ross role opens up plenty new ways to roll

 

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