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FOUR SEASONS: DO ADVENTURES ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR CHARITY?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 January 2013 THIS week’s Four Seasons is going to be about the somewhat ticklish relationship between charities and adventuring, and as such it has the potential to wind up a lot of people. So, in an attempt to pre-empt at least some of the hate mail it’s destined to generate, […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING IN SCOTLAND? OH HOW WE LAUGHED.

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 3 March 2011 ABOUT eight years ago I was driving around the far north of Scotland in an elderly Peugeot 206, looking for surf and rant-ing at the radio. I’d just spent a few days riding beautiful, shoulder-to-head high waves in staggeringly clear water – waves any Californian Beach Boy would […]

FOUR SEASONS: STAYING HAPPY IN THE HEBRIDES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 July 2011 SOME advice for anyone planning a Hebridean surfing adventure: 1 As your ferry leaves Oban, listen carefully to the recorded safety announcement – not because you should be worried about the ship going down, but because you’ll get to hear the best pronunciation of the word “whistle” in […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE CALL OF THE MILD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 July 2010 We were supposed to be going to the islands for midsummer week, my wife and I. Typically, we hadn’t actually got around to booking anything, but it was decided. We were going. Either Tiree again or Lewis. Probably. Depending on accommodation. And ferry times. And wind. And swell. […]

In the Outback: Motoring & Surfing

Published: The Scotsman (Motoring) 11 Jul 2008 Put a man in the Outback, and there’s no stopping the fun he’ll be able to have. THE people at Subaru clearly want their new Outback to be all things to all people. “Whether you’re headed into town, the forest or across mountains,” reads the blurb, “the 2008 […]

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. […]

Surf’s up, Way up

Published: The Scotsman (Section TSMAG) 22 Apr 2006 IF THERE was such a thing as a World Understatement Championship, Derek MacLeod would win it every year. Since starting up Hebridean Surf Holidays in 1998, the former fisherman has ridden waves big enough to scare the living daylights out of most normal people – and most […]