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AN EARLY START TO THE 12/13 SKI SEASON

Published: The Scotsman, 1 December 2012 THE ski lifts weren’t running at CairnGorm Mountain yesterday – the official opening is today – but a handful of skiers and boarders were so keen to get their first turns of the season they slogged to the top of the ski area under their own steam. By 11am, […]

TRAVEL STORY: NETHY BRIDGE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 June 2012 IN MANY ways, Aviemore makes an excellent gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. It’s easily accessible by car and by train, some of the highest peaks in the country are right on the doorstep and the town’s main drag has more outdoor gear shops than pubs. Every year, […]

TRAVEL: A SECRET STASH AT NEVIS RANGE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 February 2012 IMAGINE a ski resort where real-deal backcountry terrain is just a five-minute stroll from the top of the highest lift. A place where a long, curvaceous ridge offers access to a series of steep-sided bowls which, because they’re sheltered from the prevailing wind, are often stuffed full of […]

SPRING SKIING ON BEN MACDUI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 December 2011 THE SCOTTISH Mountaineering Club’s ski touring guidebook, Ski Mountaineering in Scotland, describes the 700m descent from the top of Ben Macdui to the floor of the Lairig Ghru as “one of the finest and most challenging ski runs in the Scottish mountains.” Backcountry skiing in this country has […]

FOUR SEASONS: A GHRU-ELLING WEEKEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 November 2011 TWANG! My attempts to light a fire using the age-old bow-drill technique are not proving very successful. I’ve worked out how to string my bow to the requisite tension, I’ve learned how to wind my spindle onto the string, and I’ve managed to trap the spindle between the […]

FOUR SEASONS: MORGAN FREEMAN AT CAIRNGORM

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 IN SWEDEN, they have a saying: “Luck never gives, it only lends.” If there’s any truth in that, then I’m in big trouble. A couple of weeks ago I had a day so ludicrously stuffed with good fortune that, in retrospect, I should have bought a lottery ticket, […]

National Sailing Centre: Riding the waves

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 July 2009 YOU’RE a surfer, aren’t you?” skipper Allan Bunyan says. I nod, not entirely sure what that has to do with anything. Then he asks: “Do you want to have a shot at surfing this boat?” The boat in question, the Santa Vey, is a 36ft Jeanneau Sun Odyssey […]

Coll & Tiree: Set Fare

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 25 Oct 2008 Set fare Dramatic cuts to ferry prices make Coll and Tiree more accessible than ever IT TAKES place in one of the most remote corners in the British Isles, typically in front of just a few dozen spectators, but the Tiree Wave Classic, which was held earlier this […]

Kayak Kings

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 31 May 2008 There’s an unwritten rule among the sea kayakers of the Western Isles – show no fear. IT WAS A BIT LUMPY OUT THERE today,” says sea kayak guide Tim Pickering, a suggestion of irony in the hint of a raised brow. Ah yes, the art of the understatement. […]

Jump to It

Published: The Scotsman (Section: TSMAG) 23 Dec 2006 COASTEERING guide Andy Spink is demonstrating the best way to jump into water from a great height. “Make sure you keep your feet together and your legs straight, and fold your arms across your chest like this,” he says. I’m about to launch myself off a 40ft […]