It is anticipated that 2012 could be the year of the tick. Recent news reveals that the ticks are coming… and this year they will be more prominent than ever in Scotland. This is not good news for walkers because of the potential risk of contracting Lyme’s Disease, but there are many precautions that can

The next time you’re huffing and puffing up a steep mountain track, take a moment to consider why we even have mountains to explore. Nothing lasts in nature. Given time, lots and lots of time, towering mountain ranges wear down, expansive continents erode and vast oceans dry up and fade into obscurity. Take the Caledonian

The Outdoor Paradise – A Ski and Kayak Odyssey in Europe’s Great Wild This looks like a great read although it’s only available for pre-order at the moment.  The author, James Baxter, is a member of my local Sea Kayaking club so this is a bit of a plug too, I have to admit. What’s

You may have seen my previous post in the lead up to Mike and Calum’s Nepalese adventure.  Well, we’re back and have some photos and a route map to show you.  The route map was produced using my Spot Connect (a device that links up to overhead satellites and tracks your progress) – a great

At any time of year Scotland is a brilliant place to watch wildlife, but now that Autumn is well and truly upon us and with winter approaching, here are a just a few things you should be looking out for in particular. Red Deer – Early summer is the best time to watch hinds and

Speaking to a mate recently, he mentioned a book he was reading that sounded really interesting.  If you’re a seasoned hill walker/ munro-bagger or perhaps someone just looking for a big challenge then this book might provide the inspiration you need. ‘Ribbon of Wildness– Discovering the Watershed of Scotland’ provides a mix of narrative which

You may know you’re way around the huge number of Scottish Waterways and might be familiar with where to go and when, however, if you’re not and looking for some inspiration, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite. For those with little experience of paddling canoes or sea kayaks: The Great Glen is

Currently, Leave No Trace is releasing a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) by the 2009 Academy Award winning filmmaker, Michael Ramsay. The one-minute PSAs are fun, clever and inspiring, targeted towards all outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy and appreciate our wild and natural places. This is the first of 3 videos we’ll be posting here

If you’re a paddler (canoe, kayak or otherwise), you should be aware of the Paddlers’ Access Code, which outlines some common sense principles that you should bear in mind when sharing the waterways with other people.  Its core principles are: caring for the environment; taking responsibility for your actions; and respecting the interests of other