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
Walk at Dunnet Head offers an insight into a past world of crofting and church-going on northerly peninsula
Clear skies, freezing air and snow-capped hills – a perfect chance to explore quiet Highland roads by bike in the off-season
At this time of dark, short days it is tempting not to venture far from home!
My river kayak had sat, unused, at the back of the garage since before the pandemic. It was time to get it out.
I always enjoy the weather, whatever it may be doing, but admit that some days are better for some activities rather than others!
Wainwright's English hills are more popular than the Munros, but there are still ways to discover peace in the mountains
'You can get round anything on Skye' – Hamish Brown's assertion has acted as an inspiration to Ralph as he explores the precipitous ridge
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
Taking the e-bike gives a new lease of life and allows our intrepid explorer to go further again
Two more stages of this annual challenge complete after a crossing to Stroma and touching the mainland's most northerly rock
Tea and cake at the castle, you say? A fine excuse for a kayaking trip with an experienced group
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.
A favourite paddle along the east coast allows for exploring all the geos and rock formations, so long as the conditions are kind
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
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.
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.
The tax-avoidance trees have been removed, giving fine views across the Flow Country from the old forestry tracks
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
Heading north to Orkney offers plenty of opportunities on the bike, but taking the elements in your stride is a necessary evil