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By Tim Ensworth | isle of iona and scottish highlands

Walkin' the Ring of Steall [August 7, 2014]

Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed

<b>Bothies - remote shelters in the wilderness where walkers can spend the night free of charge - have long been one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. A new book has revealed the location of 80 of the mountain huts.</b><p>For more than 50 years the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has maintained an eclectic …

Five of Scotland’s best bothies

A stay in a historic building with amazing views and convivial company sounds enticing – and even better when it comes free of charge. The author of the new Bothy Bible shares his favourites<p>In some of Scotland most spectacular wildlands and best long-distance trails, bothies are often a challenge …

Scotland

An 'Arctic' safari in the Scottish Highlands

Winter in the Cairngorms national park can turn positively Arctic – perfect for Kari Herbert to give her young daughter a taste of the polar conditions, and creatures, she enjoyed as a child in Greenland<p>The temperature is below zero and a bitter wind is tugging at our clothes. In the distance, the …

Wildlife

Scotland Is Taking Over The Country's Ferries And Creating A National Ferry Service

By taking over ferries from private operators, the country wants to ensure that they remain a truly public transit option.<p>As an island nation, Scotland relies pretty heavily on ferry service. But as it stands, Scotland's network of ferry providers is extraordinarily complex: One provider, …

The ghost town surrounded by ocean

The most remote of the British Isles is home to northwest Europe’s largest seabird colony, cliffs taller than the Empire State Building – and to one of the world’s eeriest ghost towns.<p>There are few places left in the world – particularly in Britain – that remain so isolated, so inaccessible, that …

Ghost Towns

9 Surreal Sights in Scotland You Can't Miss in 2017

The northernmost country in the U.K. features some of the most magical rivers, lakes, beaches, and craggy peaks on the planet<p>The wild beauty of Scotland is calling. This country may be justly famous for its bustling cities and historic university towns, but few other nations can match its abundance …

Scotland

Britain's Mountain Challenges: Aonach Eagach

Architecture

Three striking weather events photographed in Glen Coe

<b>Three eye-catching weather events have been captured in one photograph in the Scottish Highlands.</b><p>The image taken by Katherine Fotheringham shows a fog bow with a brocken spectre and cloud inversion.<p>She captured the weather events while walking up Beinn a'Chrulaiste in Glen Coe on Sunday.<p>The …

Climate

Exploring Britain's littlest - and most fascinating - islands

Actress Alison Steadman took on a wide-ranging journey when she agreed to film a new travel series about Britain’s distinctive small islands. Here she recalls some of the highlights.<p>How did this project come about?<p>I presented a programme on the Shetland Islands a couple of years ago, and presumably …

Foula, Scotland—the Most Remote Inhabited Island in Great Britain

Foula Island, part of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, is home to a population of only thirty people who primarily earn their living as sheep and pony farmers. The island has been owned by the Holbourn family for the past hundred years. Growing numbers of visitors are making their way to Foula as bird …

Dystopia

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

Come and see darkest Scotland!

Most tourists who visit Scotland head for the highlands and islands for the spectacular scenery or maybe to the big cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh to …

Astronomy

Britain's most beautiful islands

'The spaciousness is breathtaking …' In praise of Britain's mountains

The beauty of the UK’s uplands, from the Highlands to the Lakes, is that you don’t have to travel far to find adventure, spectacle or solitude, says Simon Ingram<p>Why climb a mountain? Don’t say “Because it’s there.” It’s said that when the great, doomed mountaineer George Mallory used the phrase in …

Lake District

9 things you must do in Scotland

Whether you’re after centuries-old castles or vast heather-covered glens, Scotland has something for you – preferably with a 12-year-old single malt …

View of Loch Lomond from Duncryne.

4 Unexpected Beaches to Visit in Scotland

Surfing the waves, hiking across dunes, and lying on sandy shores aren’t the first activities that come to mind when thinking of Scotland. But low …

Scotland

Scotland's wee but wild road

A 516-mile route that passes through spooky ruins, fairytale glens, toothy castles, rugged fairways and shingle-sand beaches. Not to mention distilleries.<p>Locals call it the “wee mad road”: a looping ribbon of asphalt that hugs the coastline between the fishing hamlets of Inverkirkaig, Coigach and …

Scotland

Britain's Highest Mountain Just Got a Little Bit Taller

Ben Nevis is a famous mountain in the U.K. Not only is it the highest peak in all of British Isles, it is also a place where many of the country's …

Mountaineering

Britain's 10 best islands

1. Skye<p>Clattering on to the deck of the Skye ferry in the Arctic half-light of a January blizzard, I felt as if we were crossing to a land invented by Tolkien. I first went to Skye as a teenager to climb mountains. Back then the island felt as remote as Spitsbergen. It still feels very Lord of the …

Your pictures of Scotland: 5-12 February

Scotland

We Capture The Beauty Of Remote Scottish Landscapes

Our photos have been taken at many different places, but most of them have been captured in the Higlands region. We like this part of Scotland the …

Photography

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