Ghosts, memories and foolish notions

Ghosts, memories and foolish notions

Many people will be celebrating Burns night around the 25th of January, the day of his birth. In early September 1787 Robert Burns travelled by horse drawn carriage across the Cairngorms National Park on his Highland Tour. Just like today’s visitors he visited the site of the battle at Killiecrankie, dined at Blair Atholl and Castle Grant, took breakfast in Aviemore and like an 18th century Trip Advisor respondent described the area as wild and magnificent, rich and romantic. He even wrote...

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Cash for cycles, cats and communities

Cash for cycles, cats and communities

2013 has been a great 10th anniversary year for people in the Cairngorms National Park. Over the last 12 months, millions of pounds have been invested across the Park in community projects, path networks and wildlife conservation action. The Scottish Government likes what your Park is achieving. So we were delighted to win extra capital funding which was earmarked in 2013 for projects to support economic activity in local towns and villages. Money went to mountain biking around Tomintoul,...

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McIntosh’s Apple came before Apple’s MacIntosh!

McIntosh’s Apple came before Apple’s MacIntosh!

It started in Scotland – as it so often does. John McIntosh, son of a post Culloden Scottish migrant from ‘near Inverness,’ was clearing his Ontario property when he discovered some wild seedling apple trees. Only one of those he transplanted to his garden survived, bearing apples with a unique taste and colour. He called it simply - the ‘McIntosh Red’.   Now you might guess I am going to write about the excellent Heritage Orchard Project that is taking place...

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Natural Adventures

Natural Adventures

Like brightly coloured skittles red and yellow climbing helmets bobbed up and down excitedly. The noise of children’s laughter and squeals echoed off the cliff. I could easily see and hear them from the riverside path leading out of the Austrian ski village of Mayrhofen. It was a beautiful Saturday morning with autumn colours just beginning to show in this classic alpine holiday valley. In their helmets, the children were clustered around the base of a small cliff, minutes’ walk or...

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In the Park

In the Park

Amazeballs, now there’s a word to conjure with! I can’t say that it’s a word that I’ve ever used in everyday conversation. Apparently it’s an expression of enthusiastic approval and is one of a number of words recently added to the Collin’s On-line Dictionary. Frenemy is another. It means someone who appears to be a friend but is actually a rival. It sounds to me like one of those words that has emerged from social media use but in fact it first appeared in...

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