Park Talk

Park Talk

To be active in the Cairngorms Lycra is not essential and let’s be honest, many of us don’t look our best in skin tight clothing. Special boots, bikes, kayaks or skis are fun but not essential either. Normal gear is just fine for walking to school, burying your toes in the sand at Loch Morlich or building a snowman. What is important is getting outside for some exercise.  Homer Simpson’s revealing philosophy keeps it simple: “Yes I strut down the boulevard burning...

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Pedals Turn, Revolutions Begin!

Pedals Turn, Revolutions Begin!

Kingussie is perhaps best known locally for being near the geographical centre of Scotland. But now, thanks to a new community led initiative, it will soon be at the centre of a new cycling revolution! Cycling has long been recognised as an activity with numerous benefits, from improved health and well-being to reduced congestion and environmental pollution. So you would be forgiven for thinking that jumping on your bike and joining the new ‘cycling revolution’ was a no brainer....

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Park Talk

Park Talk

As a child, long before I was privileged to join the CNPA Board in 2003, my interest in the Cairngorms was kindled by its fantastic landscapes and wildlife. Today, that interest remains as strong as it always was and I believe that being a National Park, overall, has been good for the area. My experience in the Cairngorms tells me that no single public or private interest defines the Park, its management is complex and, at times, controversial. However, in the intervening years I learnt it is...

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In the Park

In the Park

Social Media is an increasing mystery to me.  I have dabbled with Facebook and Twitter but have to admit, I just don’t get it.  I can’t see why anyone would want to put the minutiae of their lives on Facebook and send them out to the whole world not knowing who’s going to read them and to what purpose they’ll be put.  I do however feel a little safer with Linkedin.  I joined it a few years ago and registered with my qualifications and work experience...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”  - is one of those movie quotes that the Monty Python team (Life of Brian 1979) cemented into the public psyche as shorthand for listing fundamental benefits we often take for granted. The quote came to mind in a recent meeting when the CNPA Board heard about a range of recent investment and awards for the area – benefiting people, jobs, tourism, health and nature.  Many of them won, in part at least, because of our National...

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