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Injured mountain rescue team member stretchered off Cairngorms in blizzard conditions

10 February 2024
Injured mountain rescue team member stretchered off Cairngorms in blizzard conditions

Injured mountain rescue team member stretchered off Cairngorms in blizzard conditions

10 February 2024

An injured member of a mountain rescue team was stretchered nearly two-and-a-half miles in blizzard conditions in the Cairngorms last night.


Record year of whale sightings helped by Caithness spotters

29 January 2024
Record year of whale sightings helped by Caithness spotters

Record year of whale sightings helped by Caithness spotters

29 January 2024

Whale spotters in the far north contributed to a record-breaking year – with more than 10,000 cetaceans recorded around Scotland's coast in 2023.


Anders Holch Povlsen's Wildland Ltd reveals £9.3 million annual loss

15 January 2024
Anders Holch Povlsen's Wildland Ltd reveals £9.3 million annual loss

Anders Holch Povlsen's Wildland Ltd reveals £9.3 million annual loss

15 January 2024

Anders Holch Povlsen, 51, is a Danish businessman who made his fortune in retail.


Highland mountain rescue teams praised for 'dedication and professionalism' after busy spell

03 January 2024
Highland mountain rescue teams praised for 'dedication and professionalism' after busy spell

Highland mountain rescue teams praised for 'dedication and professionalism' after busy spell

03 January 2024

Mountain rescue teams across the Highlands have been spending time in challenging conditions to help people off the mountains this winter.


VIDEO: Animal rights group's plan to rescue Britain's loneliest sheep was hijacked, say campaigners

06 November 2023
VIDEO: Animal rights group's plan to rescue Britain's loneliest sheep was hijacked, say campaigners

VIDEO: Animal rights group's plan to rescue Britain's loneliest sheep was hijacked, say campaigners

06 November 2023

Animal Rising had been preparing to rescue Fiona for five days.


Lady Bathurst completes Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride after near miss

04 October 2023
Lady Bathurst completes Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride after near miss

Lady Bathurst completes Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride after near miss

04 October 2023

An aristocrat has cycled more than 1000 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for retired service animals.


Woman airlifted to Wick hospital after fall at Puffin Cove

06 June 2023
Woman airlifted to Wick hospital after fall at Puffin Cove

Woman airlifted to Wick hospital after fall at Puffin Cove

06 June 2023

A female walker was airlifted to hospital after falling and breaking her ankle at a puffin colony on the North Coast 500 road trip.


Avalanche forecasts to stop after quiet winter for snow

09 April 2023
Avalanche forecasts to stop after quiet winter for snow

Avalanche forecasts to stop after quiet winter for snow

09 April 2023

There were fewer avalanches in Scotland's mountain over the winter than previous years, while hazards have been shifting due to climate change.


Rescuers say hill walker who fell in Glencoe was probably carrying his dog in 'appalling' weather

27 February 2023
Rescuers say hill walker who fell in Glencoe was probably carrying his dog in 'appalling' weather

Rescuers say hill walker who fell in Glencoe was probably carrying his dog in 'appalling' weather

27 February 2023

A hill walker fell almost 100 feet to his death because he was probably carrying his dog with one hand, rescuers believe.


Legal threat to force anglers to return all rod-caught salmon in Scottish rivers

24 October 2022
Legal threat to force anglers to return all rod-caught salmon in Scottish rivers

Legal threat to force anglers to return all rod-caught salmon in Scottish rivers

24 October 2022

Anglers could be legally prohibited from eating any salmon they catch in Scotland’s rivers, under a proposed law aimed at preserving fish numbers.


Lord Strathnaver's death after cliff fall at Thurso East not 'suspicious', police say

13 September 2022
Lord Strathnaver's death after cliff fall at Thurso East not 'suspicious', police say

Lord Strathnaver's death after cliff fall at Thurso East not 'suspicious', police say

13 September 2022

The body of Lord Strathnaver was found at the bottom of 30ft cliffs at Thurso East, near the ruined 19th century Thurso Castle on September 4.


Lord Strathnaver found dead after cliff fall on Caithness coast

05 September 2022
Lord Strathnaver found dead after cliff fall on Caithness coast

Lord Strathnaver found dead after cliff fall on Caithness coast

05 September 2022

A man found dead at the bottom of 30ft cliffs at Thurso East on Saturday is understood to be Lord Strathnaver, Alex Sutherland.


Mountain rescuer team receives £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

26 June 2022
Mountain rescuer team receives £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

Mountain rescuer team receives £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

26 June 2022

Mountain rescuers in Sutherland and Caithness have become key guinea pigs for the next generation of outdoor clothing in a deal worth around £45,000.


Thurso lifeboat involved in rescue of yacht at Loch Erribol

17 June 2022
Thurso lifeboat involved in rescue of yacht at Loch Erribol

Thurso lifeboat involved in rescue of yacht at Loch Erribol

17 June 2022

The Thurso lifeboat was involved in a major operation off Sutherland when a yacht with three people on board was rescued.


Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

19 April 2022
Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

19 April 2022

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has ended this season's forecasts – with one of its lowest totals of snow slides.


New role to help develop John O'Groats Trail

23 March 2022
New role to help develop John O'Groats Trail

New role to help develop John O'Groats Trail

23 March 2022

A "rare opportunity" has arisen for a trail developer to help improve a long-distance route to John O'Groats to "complete the journey of a lifetime".


New role for mountain safety expert

10 January 2022
New role for mountain safety expert

New role for mountain safety expert

10 January 2022

Scotland's leading mountain safety expert is heading to new heights next month.


Climate campaigner Sacha Dench survives paraglider crash which killed cameraman

20 September 2021
Climate campaigner Sacha Dench survives paraglider crash which killed cameraman

Climate campaigner Sacha Dench survives paraglider crash which killed cameraman

20 September 2021

An investigation has been launched after 'Human Swan' Sacha Dench miraculously survived a mid-air collision which killed a companion camerman.


Lybster woman's plea for drivers to slow down through villages on NC500

13 September 2021
Lybster woman's plea for drivers to slow down through villages on NC500

Lybster woman's plea for drivers to slow down through villages on NC500

13 September 2021

More than 400 people have signed a Caithness woman's petition protesting about speeding traffic on the North Coast 500.


Povlsen says he won't appeal space hub decision

10 September 2021
Povlsen says he won't appeal space hub decision

Povlsen says he won't appeal space hub decision

10 September 2021

Billionaire landowner Anders Holch Povlsen has conceded defeat in stopping the UK's first vertical launch space port in the Highlands.


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