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David Lintern

Season of the Witch (part 2)

Following on from last month's article, David Lintern seeks a further audience with she who must be obeyed – the Cailleach. The Cailleach, the Scottish spirit-feminine of wild nature, sometimes benevolent and sometimes malevolent, is an integral part of our placename ...

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Ben Dolphin

Oops! I almost stepped on an owl

It was hard not to feel impossibly smug as I propped my bike up against the ruined house at Gortenbuie. It was absolutely calm, not a breath of wind, and as I peered through the empty windows the only sound ...

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David Lintern

The Season of the Witch

All Hallows Eve is almost upon us, so it’s time for another seasonal excursion into Scottish mythology. David Lintern braves the cold, twice. Right at the very end of Glen Lyon, there’s a little shrine called the Tigh Nam Bodach, meaning ...

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Cameron McNeish

Mike Tomkies – An Appreciation

I WAS saddened to hear of the death of the wildlife writer and naturalist Mike Tomkies, a man who penned some of the most riveting accounts of living in the natural world alongside golden eagles, wildcats and pine martens. He ...

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Our picks: Autumn Scotland

It's autumn, and the glens are quiet - or would be, were it not for the roaring stags. The leaves are turning and the midges are gone; is there a better time to get out and about in Scotland's countryside? ...

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Ben Dolphin

The State of Nature and the Sixth Great Extinction

On 14th September the national TV stations, airwaves and social media were buzzing, obsessed with just one massive headline. The story had broken two days earlier but every subsequent day brought new earth-shaking revelations that required still more analysis and ...

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David Lintern

Paddling the Scottish Everglades

David Lintern makes an amphibious journey to the wild woods of Knapdale, on the trail of a real amphibian - the Eurasian beaver. We arrived late and set up our not so stealthy camp in the dark, a little too close ...

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Our picks: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan

On the remote northern coast of Aberdeenshire, looking out over the Moray Firth, lie three of Scotland's most picturesque villages: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan. Gardenstown (locally known as the Gamrie) is much the largest of the three. A steep, steep road ...

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