Out and About with Ralph

More outdoor adventures from Ralph

Active Outdoors

Taking time to explore quiet ways

A series of signposted routes follow the quiet roads around Newtonhill.

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 the smooth with the rough in Glen Affric

Published: Sat 01 Apr 2017

Overlooking the River Affric from the bridge at Athnamulloch, with Strawberry Cottage beside the track (right).

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.

New Ross role opens up plenty new ways to roll

Published: Sat 18 Mar 2017

The Kessock Bridge where the cycle lane is protected by a barrier.

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.