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Far north is a proper part of the Highlands – and benefits from lack of crowds

28 November 2021
Far north is a proper part of the Highlands – and benefits from lack of crowds

Far north is a proper part of the Highlands – and benefits from lack of crowds

28 November 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Wildlife and natural features aplenty in Caithness and north Sutherland can easily compare to elsewhere in the region


On the road – or footpath – to recovery

13 November 2021
On the road – or footpath – to recovery

On the road – or footpath – to recovery

13 November 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Gentle walks and getting back on the bike are all a step in the right direction after operation


Any excuse to explore a new part of Scotland

10 October 2021
Any excuse to explore a new part of Scotland

Any excuse to explore a new part of Scotland

10 October 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Taking inspiration from the train window and finding time to visit places seldom seen


A step too far for a sea kayak?

11 September 2021
A step too far for a sea kayak?

A step too far for a sea kayak?

11 September 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: An expose stretch of coastline makes for an exciting paddle when you can explore the many rock features along the way


Journey along the A9 offers adventures if you escape the beaten track

28 August 2021
Journey along the A9 offers adventures if you escape the beaten track

Journey along the A9 offers adventures if you escape the beaten track

28 August 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Breaking up the journey can provide hours of fun and fantastic places to explore


Tide and time wait for no man on a visit to another world

07 August 2021
Tide and time wait for no man on a visit to another world

Tide and time wait for no man on a visit to another world

07 August 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: A solo adventure to an uninhabited island makes for an apprehensive but fascinating trip back in time


Pedalling and paddling along the misty north coast

21 July 2021
Pedalling and paddling along the misty north coast

Pedalling and paddling along the misty north coast

21 July 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH Our explorer covers a foggy stretch of Caithness and Sutherland between Sandside and Portskerra by bike and kayak


Under the Ord walk, down by the sea

11 July 2021
Under the Ord walk, down by the sea

Under the Ord walk, down by the sea

11 July 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Perfect conditions make exploring the coast by the Ord an unusually easy experience


On an island with or without ewes

27 June 2021
On an island with or without ewes

On an island with or without ewes

27 June 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Getting to remote parts is all part of the attraction of taking to the water


Trails are a test – and that's before you even get off road!

13 June 2021
Trails are a test – and that's before you even get off road!

Trails are a test – and that's before you even get off road!

13 June 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: On the passes of the Lake District, our intrepid explorer tries out and e-bike and discovers it has its ups and downs...


Cold comfort of paddling the Caithness coast under cover of darkness

29 May 2021
Cold comfort of paddling the Caithness coast under cover of darkness

Cold comfort of paddling the Caithness coast under cover of darkness

29 May 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: An advanced sea kayaking leadership course offers our intrepid explorer an insight into its many challenges


Signs of spring in the countryside are hard to miss

16 May 2021
Signs of spring in the countryside are hard to miss

Signs of spring in the countryside are hard to miss

16 May 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Despite the long, cold winter, there is wildlife to be seen – and heard – across Caithness


Bothy visit brings back memories

02 May 2021
Bothy visit brings back memories

Bothy visit brings back memories

02 May 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: A paddle on Loch Eriboll offers a trip back in time in more ways than one


Rough conditions make for an inland adventure

18 April 2021
Rough conditions make for an inland adventure

Rough conditions make for an inland adventure

18 April 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Taking to the lochs of Caithness for a calmer kayaking experience


Change of seasons makes Loch More area seem like two different worlds

04 April 2021
Change of seasons makes Loch More area seem like two different worlds

Change of seasons makes Loch More area seem like two different worlds

04 April 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: From skis to sea kayak on the lochs of the flow country


Sub-zero sojourn into flow country's remote parts

20 February 2021
Sub-zero sojourn into flow country's remote parts

Sub-zero sojourn into flow country's remote parts

20 February 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: A frozen landscape of dubh lochs and bog offers tough but rewarding walking into the wilds


Cycling felt more like skiing on fresh, early morning snowfall

07 February 2021
Cycling felt more like skiing on fresh, early morning snowfall

Cycling felt more like skiing on fresh, early morning snowfall

07 February 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Biking, walking and dreaming of sea kayaking as lockdown keeps us close to home


Journeys to remember as we wait for the light to return

24 January 2021
Journeys to remember as we wait for the light to return

Journeys to remember as we wait for the light to return

24 January 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Travelling the highways in weather fair and foul – but not this winter


Clifftop trail at Groats and Duncansby Head is a favourite walk

09 January 2021
Clifftop trail at Groats and Duncansby Head is a favourite walk

Clifftop trail at Groats and Duncansby Head is a favourite walk

09 January 2021

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Seals and swell are best experienced from a distance and this walk from the end of the road is ideal


Why would anyone be out on the loch on such a windy day?

09 December 2020
Why would anyone be out on the loch on such a windy day?

Why would anyone be out on the loch on such a windy day?

09 December 2020

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: Days out at Watten and Kyle of Tongue, with a reminder that quiet interludes for sea-kayaking are rare at this time of year


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