Wednesday 28th July 2021,
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The call of the mountains

At just 32 years old Tristan Cameron Harper is already known by a number of distinct identities – professional ice-hockey player, model, Mr Scotland 2016/17, and kilted yogi. Today, all those identities have merged into Tristan Cameron-Harper, mountain guide and nature lover, a man with a passion for the wilds, the elements and the mysteries [...]

May 13, 2021 Mary Leonard Countryside, Spring Issue 2021 Comments Off

A springtime treasure hunt

Iwent on a treasure hunt round my home in Kinlochbervie. I found diamonds, an ivory bowl, a silver ingot, a ruby ear pendant, a painting by Monet, a grotesque brooch, ancient armour, Dutch lace, a bronze shield, carved jade, cloth of gold, silk ribbons, bells by Fabergé, ecclesiastical accoutrements and cascades o’ doubloons. See if [...]

May 18, 2020 Bob Tateson Countryside Comments Off

Islands in the ocean

The sea shapes almost everything in Orkney. For a start, you’re never far from it. On a winter’s night in many homes, there’s the distant roar of waves on the shore, amidst the bluster of the storm and the rattle of windows and doors and roof tiles. An old lady who lived in a waterfront [...]

March 22, 2020 Howie Firth Countryside Comments Off

The turning of autumn

A time of morning mists and still pools, of roaring winds and falling apples, swirling leaves of fiery hue, of dark nights full of stars and screeching owls. Times of dew-covered cobwebs glistening in the dawn light, mysteriously hanging through railing and gorse. A time when gravestones loom out of the hollows of graveyards, their [...]

November 1, 2019 Elizabeth Woodcock Countryside Comments Off

The Language of the Senses

Water, the elemental essence of life, of our bodies. A visceral trickle running down the flank of a hill. Yet walking in drought and the bare bones of the hills creak under foot, the brittle and brown grasses, the dusty streams holding no life-giving juice. Parched lips and hard land. Without water, we are and [...]

October 2, 2019 Elizabeth Woodcock Countryside Comments Off

Women and the Land

About 15 years ago I was living and working in Dubai. A desert with the world’s biggest buildings on it, and a high street which is an eight-lane motorway, where public ‘gardens’ are created and removed overnight, trees in huge pots and incredibly realistic astro-turf. It was here I had a dream, a big dream, [...]

September 17, 2019 Elizabeth Woodcock Countryside Comments Off

Island Wildcats?

I once saw a wildcat. I was approaching a bare heather clad summit, about 900 metres above sea level, when it started out of the heather a few metres ahead and flowed away up the path, over the summit, gone. I grew up in cities. I’d been walking in hills a while. I had no [...]

August 14, 2019 Steve Webster Countryside Comments Off
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Walking with Ravens and Wonder

Soaring. That is the word. On top of the world, or so it seems, above the busy valleys below, side by side with the ravens as they soar on the up-blasts of winter blizzard rushing skywards. I soar with them, for a moment. I can see their eyes as they hold a position just teetering [...]

October 9, 2018 Elizabeth Woodcock Countryside, Winter Issue 2018 Comments Off

Pilgrims on the Brough of Deerness

After a bad forecast came a grey Sunday, the first of October. White waves were on the loch and clouds passed swiftly. Tones of gold and crimson lay over the swamp, and the trees were changing; there were drifts of leaves in Finstown although gardens were still bright. A black duck swam in the bay. [...]

June 10, 2018 Bessie Skea Countryside Comments Off
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The January Man

My father, John Somerville, was sent to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth at the age of 13, and joined the Royal Navy when he was 17 years old,” writes Christopher Somerville in the introduction to his book The January Man. “He served in a destroyer in the Mediterranean through some of the worst and [...]

August 30, 2017 Christopher Somerville Countryside Comments Off