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Posts from ‘June, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: BOOMERANGS AND PREHISTORIC TROUT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 25 June 2011 NEVER mind Nessie – there are real-life prehistoric beasties living beneath the waters of some of our larger, more northerly lochs. These creatures have ferocious-looking teeth, spend most of their time at depths of 100 feet or more, and feed on very large fish, often striking them swiftly […]

FOUR SEASONS: MIDSUMMER MADNESS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 June 2011 THIS time last year, following one of the harshest winters since the end of the last Ice Age, there was still so much snow on the hills that the folks at Cairngorm Mountain were able to open their slopes for a Midsummer Slide. I had a sneaking suspicion […]

ARTS DIARY: “THAT BITCH, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN”

Published: The Scotsman, 16 June 2011 STUCK way out in the Atlantic, the uninhabited island of St Kilda is difficult to get to at the best of times, but in stormy conditions it can be downright dangerous. Nevertheless, a hardy group of artists made the attempt last week, despite howling winds and towering three-metre seas, […]

FOUR SEASONS: SUPER FIT WEDDING CRASHERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 11 June 2011 TO JURA the other week, for a wedding at the lovely old kirk at Craighouse, just a stone’s throw from the sea. Local tradition dictates that, after hymns have been sung and vows exchanged, wedding parties should process a few hundred metres along the water’s edge to the […]

FOUR SEASONS: SHOOTING FISH

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 June 2011 THE raison d’être of this column is to champion niche outdoor activities, but this week Four Seasons is proud to be plumbing new depths of niche-ness. Meet Edinburgh-based South African ex-pat Will Beeslar, one of just a handful of spear-fishermen in the whole of Scotland and perhaps the […]