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OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

13 February 2024
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

13 February 2024

Cycling the quiet lanes, Ralph explores into the woods and hills off the north coast road – with battery back-up and a flask of tea


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Storm Isha? Nothing more than an old-fashioned Caithness gale!

30 January 2024
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Storm Isha? Nothing more than an old-fashioned Caithness gale!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Storm Isha? Nothing more than an old-fashioned Caithness gale!

30 January 2024

Walk at Dunnet Head offers an insight into a past world of crofting and church-going on northerly peninsula


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The wonders of winter below glorious Assynt mountains

16 January 2024
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The wonders of winter below glorious Assynt mountains

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The wonders of winter below glorious Assynt mountains

16 January 2024

Clear skies, freezing air and snow-capped hills – a perfect chance to explore quiet Highland roads by bike in the off-season


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Plenty to enjoy even on a north winter’s day

02 January 2024
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Plenty to enjoy even on a north winter’s day

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Plenty to enjoy even on a north winter’s day

02 January 2024

At this time of dark, short days it is tempting not to venture far from home!


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Getting back into the swing on Caithness waters

12 December 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Getting back into the swing on Caithness waters

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Getting back into the swing on Caithness waters

12 December 2023

My river kayak had sat, unused, at the back of the garage since before the pandemic. It was time to get it out.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Pilgrimage to a place of peace in Flow Country

28 November 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Pilgrimage to a place of peace in Flow Country

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Pilgrimage to a place of peace in Flow Country

28 November 2023

I always enjoy the weather, whatever it may be doing, but admit that some days are better for some activities rather than others!


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Beating the rush up Great Gable in the Lake District

14 November 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Beating the rush up Great Gable in the Lake District

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Beating the rush up Great Gable in the Lake District

14 November 2023

Wainwright's English hills are more popular than the Munros, but there are still ways to discover peace in the mountains


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Dream of Cuillin traverse still strong despite scares

03 October 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Dream of Cuillin traverse still strong despite scares

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Dream of Cuillin traverse still strong despite scares

03 October 2023

'You can get round anything on Skye' – Hamish Brown's assertion has acted as an inspiration to Ralph as he explores the precipitous ridge


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Watching the trees come and go in the Flow Country

19 September 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Watching the trees come and go in the Flow Country

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Watching the trees come and go in the Flow Country

19 September 2023

The peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland are slowly returning to their natural state, as Ralph takes a walk up Ben Griam Beg to get a better look


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Feeling like new on powered ride at Rumster and Camster

06 September 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Feeling like new on powered ride at Rumster and Camster

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Feeling like new on powered ride at Rumster and Camster

06 September 2023

Taking the e-bike gives a new lease of life and allows our intrepid explorer to go further again


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Kayaking the Caithness coastline, bit by bit

22 August 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Kayaking the Caithness coastline, bit by bit

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Kayaking the Caithness coastline, bit by bit

22 August 2023

Two more stages of this annual challenge complete after a crossing to Stroma and touching the mainland's most northerly rock


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Freswick Castle trip is an annual paddle for Pentland Canoe Club

15 August 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Freswick Castle trip is an annual paddle for Pentland Canoe Club

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Freswick Castle trip is an annual paddle for Pentland Canoe Club

15 August 2023

Tea and cake at the castle, you say? A fine excuse for a kayaking trip with an experienced group


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Stepping back in time on a visit to Stroma

08 August 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Stepping back in time on a visit to Stroma

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Stepping back in time on a visit to Stroma

08 August 2023

The Gloup on the Isle of Stroma is a huge, cliff-lined basin in the moor with an entrance from the sea through a long, narrow cave.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Enjoy the beauty of Caithness landscapes... while you can

25 July 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Enjoy the beauty of Caithness landscapes... while you can

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Enjoy the beauty of Caithness landscapes... while you can

25 July 2023

A favourite paddle along the east coast allows for exploring all the geos and rock formations, so long as the conditions are kind


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Shirk the responsibility of landownership and get on your bike!

27 June 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Shirk the responsibility of landownership and get on your bike!

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Shirk the responsibility of landownership and get on your bike!

27 June 2023

The Dunbeath estate is on the market for an asking price of over £25 million – but there are cheaper ways to enjoy the Caithness countryside


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Much to enjoy on old favourite paddle journey

13 June 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Much to enjoy on old favourite paddle journey

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Much to enjoy on old favourite paddle journey

13 June 2023

My favourite item of kayaking gear has to be my “shortie cag”. A short-sleeved waterproof top with arm and neck seals for rare hot sunny days.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Busy tourist hotspot still offers peace

30 May 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Busy tourist hotspot still offers peace

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Busy tourist hotspot still offers peace

30 May 2023

Hill outings are different in the Lake District. It’s a hotspot where there are a hundred times as many visitors as on the busiest day on Skye.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The 'new' roads through the Caithness flows

09 May 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The 'new' roads through the Caithness flows

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: The 'new' roads through the Caithness flows

09 May 2023

The tax-avoidance trees have been removed, giving fine views across the Flow Country from the old forestry tracks


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Orkney's dark clouds bring early retreat from Shapinsay

25 April 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Orkney's dark clouds bring early retreat from Shapinsay

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Orkney's dark clouds bring early retreat from Shapinsay

25 April 2023

Exploring one of Orkney's smaller inhabited islands on the e-bike required full waterproofs – but even that wasn't enough to beat the weather


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Battling wind and rain all part of the cycling experience in Orkney

11 April 2023
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Battling wind and rain all part of the cycling experience in Orkney

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Battling wind and rain all part of the cycling experience in Orkney

11 April 2023

Heading north to Orkney offers plenty of opportunities on the bike, but taking the elements in your stride is a necessary evil


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