Out Of Doors [Radio Scotland]

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities.

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Mark Stephen explores the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan Mcilwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Euan Mcilwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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A forecast for climbers, hillwalkers and sailors, broadcast daily on BBC Radio Scotland.

Mark Stephen and Euan Mcilwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan Mcilwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, a highlight in Scotland's countryside calendar.

Stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

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Stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, a highlight in Scotland's countryside calendar. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

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Featuring stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, a highlight in Scotland's countryside calendar.

Featuring stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

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Featuring stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, a highlight in Scotland's countryside calendar. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Featuring stories from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

20090711

This weekend the team bring you a 1960s Camping Extravaganza from Seton Sands Holiday Park in East Lothian.

Camping is making a comeback. In these tight economic times, many people are ditching foreign holidays for a cheaper holiday at home under canvas. Mark takes a step back in time and spends the night under a genuine 60's tent, lent to us for the occasion by listener, Ken Ross.

Meanwhile, Euan spends the night in the neighbouring pitch in some 21st century kit to see if technology has improved the camping experience.

How about reliving the 60s on four wheels? Euan hires an authentic VW campervan for the day, something which is becoming increasingly popular amongst young and old alike.

The team focus on local boy, John Muir, who was largely responsible for the modern conservation movement. We hear more about the history of this fascinating character who invented the notion of the 'National Park', and Helen takes a wander along the John Muir Way.

Plus, Mark hears from a rare daffodil bulb multiplier farmer who supplies bulbs across Europe - the only farmer in the UK doing this. The team also discover what crops we can expect to see in Scotland's fields in the future.

Euan joins a group of vinegar makers from Edinburgh as they go about their annual elderflower picking session.

And, farmers across the land will be keeping a beady eye on the weather as they try to make hay. The team take a look at how hay used to be made before machinery took over.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith go on a 1960s-style camping trip to Seton Sands.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith go on a 1960s-style camping trip to Seton Sands, plus there are all big stories for those who live and work in the Scottish countryside.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith go on a 1960s-style camping trip to Seton Sands. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith go on a 1960s-style camping trip to Seton Sands.

20090718

Badger baiting is on the increase. What is considered by many to be a barbaric and ancient sport is being practiced regularly in Scotland, despite the fact that it is illegal. We look at the reasons behind this.

Concerns over the future of our food supplies if oil runs out has inspired the Highland People's Food Seedbank Project in Inverness. The aim is to collect enough seeds to set up a seedbank in preparation to feed 250,000 people living in the Highlands over ten years. The team hear more about the project.

How do you normally get to the supermarket? We hear from one Deeside lady who makes a point of riding to her local shops on horseback on a weekly basis.

Hawfinches are amongst Britain's most elusive and enigmatic wild birds. A study taking place at Scone Palace has shed new light on the birds through a tagging programme. Mark visits the gardens at Scone and discovers why their particular character is proving attractive to these birds.

Anyone taking a walk along Jock's Road, an ancient route which takes you from Glen Callater near Braemar through to Glen Clova in the Angus Glens, can't fail to notice Davy's bourach, a charming little shelter maintained by the Forfar and District Walking Club. According to Jim Braid, a regular listener to Out of Doors, Davy was a fascinating character. Mark takes a wander up Glen Doll to see the shelter and find out about the man behind it.

We hear from one lady who recently saw a big cat within a few miles of Aberdeen. Plus, we hear how big cat sightings are being recorded in Kintyre. Share any sightings with us. Email outofdoors@bbc.co.uk.

And finally, have you ever found yourself up a mountain, checked the map and noted that it's over 917 m, got very excited about the fact that you may have unwittingly climbed a Munro, only to find when you get home and consult your Munro book that it isn't listed? Having had this experience herself, Helen Needham discovers what constitutes a Munro with the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith look into the increase in badger baiting.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith examine life in Knoydart ten years after the community buy-out. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith examine life in Knoydart.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith examine life in Knoydart ten years after the community buy-out, plus outdoor activity inspiration for Scotland's west coast this summer.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith examine life in Knoydart after the community buy-out.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is an edited version of the previous broadcast.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is an edited version of the previous broadcast.

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Helen Needham and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Helen Needham and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith are in the Mearns, marking the 75th anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death and bringing you cycling, hill-walking and wildlife-watching ideas.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith mark the anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith look at the issues affecting teenagers living in the Scottish countryside. What are the obstacles they face? And how can their lives be improved?

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith look at the issues affecting teenagers in the country.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Euan McIlwraith and Helen Needham explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Euan McIlwraith and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Where in the world can you find vikings, buried treasure and a lot of bird life? Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explain all in a special programme from Shetland.

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Join Euan McIlwraith and Helen Needham for the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders, plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Join Euan McIlwraith and Helen Needham for the latest outdoor activities.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities including a dip in an outdoor pool, a historical tour of Paisley and boating traditions. Plus we hear how a tenement garden brought neighbours together.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith discuss outdoor pools, tenement gardens and healing herbs

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith take you on one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys, on the steam train between Fort William and Mallaig.

As well as learning about the history of the West Highland Line, they also explore the area next to the trainline. Just as you draw out of Fort William, you encounter a fine piece of Victorian engineering in the form of Neptune's Staircase, a remarkable series of locks linking the Caledonian Canal to the West Coast. The Viaduct at Glenfinnan has become synonmous with the Harry Potter films, where the Hogwarts Express puffed it's way through the spectacular countryside to take the young wizard back to school. Just next to it, stands the Glenfinnan Monument, which marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the standard in 1745. Aboard Shielas, Euan explores the length and breadth of Loch Shiel following the route the Prince was rowed up as he gathered the clans. Further along the line in the shadow of Arisaig House, Helen Needham visits the bay where Bonnie Prince Charlie first landed on the mainland, and the cave where he hid awaiting the French ships to take him to safety. A few miles West, and we encounter one of the most photographed and painted beaches in Scotland, the Sands of Morar.

And finally, we end our journey in Mallaig, a small industrial fishing port which was established in the 1800's to accommodate the herring industry.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith ride the iconic steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.

20100612

Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for classic cars, rollerskis and a hilltop folly. Plus, we go on a deer count, learn about vegetable growing and count ladybirds.

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For the first time, festival-goers at T in the Park will be able to buy food from a marquee selling local produce. We look at the difficulties small rural firms face when trying to take advantage of big events.

Continuing our look at the jobs available in Scotland's food and drink sector, we speak to an apprentice at a bakery.

As the school holidays arrive, we get tips on making the perfect sandcastle from a sand sculptor.

Another activity for the kids this summer - we go pond dipping in Lochwinnoch.

Plus Mark Stephen takes a ride down the new Culross to Kincardine cycle path and Helen Needham explores the mystic qualities of hare with artist Mel Shand.

Sandcastles, pond dipping and hare superstitions with Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith.

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Join Mark Stephen and Helen Needham for the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders, plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Join Mark Stephen and Helen Needham for the latest outdoor activities.

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First stop on the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick, is the town of Beauly, named such by Mary Queen of Scots in 1564 who declared on arrival, 'C'est un beau lieu' - or, 'Fit a bonnie Place'.

Denise Glass takes a trip out onto the Cromarty Firth and gets a glimpse of the dolphins who live there.

We take a look at some of the Pictish remains dotted around Easter Ross.

One of the highlights are the Falls of Shin, a place you are guaranteed to see salmon jumping.

The Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve is just bursting with important wildlife, flora and fauna including - we think - a wildcat.

The abandoned cliffside village of Badbea, just north of Helmsdale, is a particularly poignant example of the hardship crofters endured after being cleared from the Straths of Sutherland in the 19th Century.

The railway takes us inland once again, through the Strath of Kildonan, famous for the shortlived Gold Rush of 1868.

It's not long before the landscape changes again as we enter the Flow Country reputed to be the World's largest peatbog and now an RSPB Reserve.

Beyond the wilderness of Forsinard, we emerge into the fertile Caithness known locally as 'Big Sky Country'.

Our final destination is Wick, once the biggest herring port in the world. A journey of contrasts covering 161 miles in four and a half miles.

Mark Stephen takes a train and explores the overlooked North.

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Still living the high life? We visit Traquair House in the Borders and Hopetoun House on the outskirts of Edinburgh to discover how you make old stately homes pay in the 21st century.

Highland Horn. We hear about the Highland company which collects animal horns which are turned into aphrodisiacs in the Far East.

Wagyu Beef. A Halkirk farmer hopes to cash-in on the trend for expensive Wagyu beef, but there won't be any massages or beer for his bull.

Ecologist in demand. We go on an otter and water vole survey with an ecologist who's seen his workload shoot up because of the desire of farmers and estates to set up renewable energy projects.

Geocaching. It's like orienteering but with GPS. Mark Stephen goes on a hi-tech treasure hunt ahead of a geocaching mega event in Perthshire.

Greener graveyards. We hear about a project to increase the number of plants and animals living in graveyards.

Aping around. We visit the Barbary macaques at Edinburgh Zoo as its vet carries out his morning rounds.

Plus we go kayaking at Sandaig and meet some junior countryside rangers in Angus.

Hi-tech treasure hunting and caring for Barbary apes with Mark Stephen and Helen Needham.

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The Black Art of Haymaking. While gardeners may be finding that daily showers relieve some of the demands of watering, farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how the changeable weather is affecting gathering their annual crop.

Buffalo horn from India replaces Scottish ram horn for crookmaking. Feeding practices are blamed for a lack of suitable sheep horn for crafts.

The village shop - why every community needs one. Mark visits the new shop at Applecross and hears the trade secrets on why it's so successful.

Rural Scotland proves a draw for artists. It would appear that Argyll is now home to a growing population of artists, many of whom have exchanged the hustle and bustle of city life for a gentler pace of life.

Dinosaur footprints on Skye. We hear why bad weather is the best friend of fossil hunters.

Poet rewrites map of Scotland. Thomas A. Clark unveils some of the original - and very poetic - Scottish place names.

The Ups and Downs of the Knapdale Beaver Trial.

Plus, why the East Coast is being hit by a plague of greenfly.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore farmers' frustrations over the weather.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders, plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities.

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On this week's programme the team look at ways to get school pupils interested in the science of farming.

New agricultural students at Oatridge College reveal their hopes for their farming future.

We hear from the hill crofters looking to boost their income by creating a new crofters' mutton pie.

We tour the grounds of Dumfries House to find out why so many people – including Prince Charles – are desperate to see the estate restored.

Marathon running is for wimps! The team explore the world of ultramarathons ahead of the River Ayr Way Challenge.

We hear about the development of the Carrick Way through South Ayrshire ahead of the Carrick Way Walking Festival.

We visit Cairnpapple Hill, the burial site billed as one of the most important prehistoric sites in mainland Scotland.

Helen Needham discovers why outdoor play is good for children.

Plus, Euan McIlwraith looks at efforts to improve safety in the mountain biking community.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities.

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The poet, Norman MacCaig, was born 100 years ago this November. Much of his poetry celebrates the landscape of Assynt in the North West Highlands. In a special programme, Mark Stephen explores the mountains, lochs and beaches of Assynt through the poetry of MacCaig, and discovers why this ancient landscape is so special.

Plus, from 6.30-7.00, Euan McIlwraith visits Lamlash Bay in Arran to examine how the marine habitat has changed in the two years since it was declared Scotland's first no fishing zone.

A special programme from Assynt celebrating the poetry of Norman MacCaig.

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Scotland is celebrated the world over for its landscape - people come here from all over the world to see our mountains, lochs and glens, often in search of a sense of wildness. But the truth is that the landscape we value so much is far from wild - it is the result of thousands of years of management by man. In a programme recorded last week at Battleby near Perth in front of an audience, Mark Stephen and his panel discuss the issues facing the future when it comes to managing Scotland's landscape. From the conflict between attracting more tourists and fulfilling our renewable energy targets, to providing a secure food supply and encouraging people to live and work in rural communities. Join in the debate - email outofdoors@bbc.co.uk.

Mark Stephen hosts a debate asking 'what is Scotland's land for?'.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith sample the joys - and potential dangers - of winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith sample the joys and dangers of winter mountaineering.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities.

Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders, plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

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Following on from last week's programme looking at the restoration of the Caledonian Forest, we find out whether land owners and managers subscribe to the view that there are too many deer in Scotland.

Mark hears how a growing number of apprentices are attracted to traditional building skills and how crucial this is to maintaining our heritage.

The former Bishop of Edinburgh and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Richard Holloway shares his favourite place with Mark as part of our My Favourite Place competition.

A new bird reserve at Loch Lomond.

Capturing the views from train journeys on canvas with artist Leo de Feu.

Outdoor learning in the rain with forest schools.

Path users taking responsibility for their favourite paths in the Cairngorms National Park.

Plus preparing for a one day riding event and the virtues of the Austrian Scythe in Auchtermuchty.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities.

Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders, plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

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Mark visits Scottish Natural Heritage’s Loch Fleet reserve near Golspie in the Highlands for a winter wander.

Laura Cuthill tries her hand at making a Christmas Wreath with Sharon the Florist from Edzell. Mark and Euan also have a go live on air.

Friday 21st December 2018 is the shortest day, the Winter Solstice. Euan delves into folklore to find out about the importance of the solstice.

Polly Pullar is a renowned field naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator, writer, journalist and photographer. Back in the summer Polly took Mark for a tour around Ardnamurchan, the area she grew up in, and told him all about how her love of nature and wildlife developed.

You either love them or hate them: Brussel Sprouts. The small green brassica is a mainstay of the Christmas dinner but Euan discovers that one Aberdeenshire company has come up with a very different way to use them.

Best known as one of Scotland’s top folk musicians, Phil Cunningham has been playing the accordion since he was a teenager. Less well known is his passion for recording nature and taking time away from his busy schedule to sit in the peace and quiet of the outdoors. Euan chats to him about what it means to get away from it all and we hear one of Phil’s soundscapes.

Euan McIlwraith and Laura Cuthill with a festive Out of Doors

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith sample the joys and dangers of winter mountaineering.

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Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Sandcastles, pond dipping and hare superstitions with Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith.

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A forecast for climbers, hillwalkers and sailors, broadcast daily on BBC Radio Scotland.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith ride the iconic steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.

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Helen Needham and Euan McIlwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith mark the anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death.

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Euan McIlwraith and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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A special programme from Assynt celebrating the poetry of Norman MacCaig.

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The poet, Norman MacCaig, was born 100 years ago this November. Much of his poetry celebrates the landscape of Assynt in the North West Highlands. In a special programme, Mark Stephen explores the mountains, lochs and beaches of Assynt through the poetry of MacCaig, and discovers why this ancient landscape is so special.

A special programme from Assynt celebrating the poetry of Norman MacCaig.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore farmers' frustrations over the weather.

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Join Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith for classic cars, rollerskis and a hilltop folly.

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Euan McIlwraith visits a Galloway farm trying a new livestock technique.

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Where in the world can you find vikings, buried treasure and a lot of bird life?

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Join Mark Stephen and Helen Needham for the latest outdoor activities.

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Mark Stephen and Euan Mcilwraith explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith look into the increase in badger baiting.

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Mark Stephen and Helen Needham explore the great Scottish outdoors.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith look at the issues affecting teenagers in the country.

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Mark Stephen talks to Hamish Trench about the future of the Cairngorms national park.

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Mark Stephen takes a train and explores the overlooked North.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith examine life in Knoydart.

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Mark Stephen hosts a debate asking 'what is Scotland's land for?'.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith cycle the Deeside Way from Ballater to Aberdeen.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith discuss outdoor pools, tenement gardens and healing herbs

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Hi-tech treasure hunting and caring for Barbary apes with Mark Stephen and Helen Needham.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith visit Dumfries and Galloway. They find out the history behind Belted Galloways, the cattle synonomous with the area; take a trip through Kirkcudbright on an electric bike, and meet a couple of Russian Orthodox priests who are restoring a castle in the area and running a printing press. They visit Scotland's first Dark Skies park and a willow sculptor whose work has featured in Outlander. Threave Garden is also on their itinerary, not just the garden itself but the bats and osprey who make a home there

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith visit the Dumfries and Galloway region.

Exploring the great Scottish outdoors

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We visit Westray. The sixth largest of the Orkney Islands with a population of around 600, also known as The Queen o' the Isles.

Mark and Euan meet the Church of Scotland minister Iain MacDonald who has made Westray his home along with the nearby island of Papay. He loves the sense of community which makes things like the community garden possible. Mark takes a look at what they're growing.

And Euan takes a tour of Westray Processors who handle crab caught off the island for local consumption as well as export.

Andy and Karen Penn run Westraak tours taking mini-buses of tourists round the landmarks of the island. Mark and Euan accompany them up to Noup Head, one of the best places to spot seabirds on the island.

We meet farmer turned artist Edwin Rendall who keeps beef cattle as well as running an art gallery on his 250 acre farm. Farming is still one of the main occupations on Westray and Jason and Nina Wilson keep dairy cows and produce award winning cheese from their milk. All from their farm and dairy looking across to Noltland Castle.

Like a lot of Orkney, Westray is home to important Neolithic remains. Hazel Moore is an archaeologist who lives on the island. She shows Mark around the Links of Noltland site, a brilliantly preserved farming settlement dating from about 3000 BC.

The Westray Heritage Centre is home to one of the island's most famous residents, the Westray Wife. Nancy Scott tells Mark and Euan more about her.

Isobel Thompson shows Euan around the Westray Bargain Box and taxi driver come airport ground crew Graham Maben tells us more about life on the island as we depart for our next destination, the neighbouring island of Papa-Westray.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith visit the island of Westray in Orkney.

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Mark and Euan chat to former Landward producer, Arthur Anderson about his life behind the camera and the farming stories he’s covered over the years.

Euan hears about the growing calls for beaver to be protected in Scotland after images were shared on social media of one which had been shot and damage caused to a lodge.

Mark enjoys a late Christmas present as he takes to the sky learning to fly with Phoenix Flight Training.

We visited the Island of Handa back when did the North Coast 500 in 2017. Euan hears about the opportunities for volunteers on the island with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

The River Almond runs through what was once an area associated with heavy industry. Now the river is clean and work is underway to make it more fish friendly. Mark visits one of the sites being improved by The River Forth Trust and RiverLife.

Euan gets a preview of the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival which starts later this month.

We hear a lovely listener soundscape of curlew sent in by Andy Craig.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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It’s a constantly changing political landscape at the moment. Earlier this week Euan caught up with NFUS director of policy Jonnie Hall and James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink to get their take on what impact a Brexit delay or a no deal Brexit would have on food and farming in Scotland.

Euan finds out about the benefits of Joint Venture Farming. The scheme allows young people to start or develop a farming business while also allowing an existing farmer to work with them while reducing their day to day role on the farm.

Mark visits Drumpellier Country Park which is part of the larger Seven Lochs Wetland Park. At almost 17 square kilometres it’s Scotland’s largest urban heritage and nature park.

Joyce Campbell is co-chair of the Women in Agriculture taskforce for Scotland but she still works on her family farm Armadale up in Sutherland. Euan speaks to her about balancing her busy life.

Birch water can only be tapped from the trees during one roughly three-week period in early to mid-March. Mark meets a husband and wife team who are the only producers of Birch water in Scotland and hears about the health benefits of the water.

Aspen trees at Scottish Natural Heritage’s Muir of Dinnet reserve in Aberdeenshire are in flower and it’s an unusual sight. The last time there was a major flowering of aspen in Scotland was in 1996. Euan goes to find out more and tells us about their place in folklore.

Mark meets the Tulloch Man, a naked Pictish warrior carved onto a large stone which was discovered by contractors working on the A9 upgrade on the outskirts of Perth. He’s now been given a home at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Coastal rowing is growing in popularity around the seaside towns of Scotland. Mark takes to the water off Nairn with the Ardersier and Nairn Boat Club to find out what the appeal is.

With the mild weather recently adders have been spotted on the Muir of Dinnet nature reserve. Euan sees if he can track any down.

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Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in Scotland but often it’s a very simple step or change that could prevent tragedy. NFU Scotland are behind a campaign to remind farmers to wear helmets when using quad bikes. Euan finds out more.

How damaging is livestock to our environment? Mark visits a SRUC project that is measuring the methane output of cattle to see what changes can be made to reduce emissions.

Scotland’s hills and mountains can be dangerous places, even for experience walkers and climbers. Euan speaks to Stuart Johnstone, leader of the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team about the process and techniques they use to rescue people who find themselves in difficulty.

Mark visits the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals’ national wildlife rescue centre at Fishcross. He finds out what kind of animals they help as well as why they expect to receive over 100 grey seal pups over the autumn and winter.

Euan hears about a new code issued by the Mountaineering Council for Scotland to prevent conflict between downhill skiers and ski tourers.

Have you spotted a ring-necked parakeet recently? Euan finds out if the invasive species is making Scotland its home.

Woodland Trust Scotland catalogued their fifteenth thousandth tree this week. Euan went along to find out why recording trees is so important.

Scotland is a popular destination for motorcyclists, we know this from our travels over the years. But until recently there was no guidebook available specifically for those taking to the roads on bikes. Mark meets a man putting that right.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Mark brings us the latest from Scotland’s Biennial Land Use and Environment Conference. More than 180 delegates met in Edinburgh this week for the twelfth staging of the event, which was this year entitled Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice?

Euan joins farmer Sandy Tulloch as he takes some of his cattle to Thainstone Mart and hopes he gets a good price.

The iron age hillfort of Dun Deardail lies in Glen Nevis and until recently there’s been an air of mystery surrounding it. Mark finds out about excavations earlier this year that revealed more about the site.

We have the latest on the news that Cairngorm Mountain Ltd, operators of the Cairngorm Funicular Railway have gone into administration. Mark and Euan hear from those in the Aviemore area who depend on skiing for their livelihood as well as Highlands and Islands Enterprise who own the mountain. We also speak to the Aviemore and Glenmore Trust about their plans for the future regarding a community buyout of the land.

Mark visits the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals’ national wildlife rescue centre at Fishcross. He finds out what kind of animals they help as well as why they expect to receive over 100 grey seal pups over the autumn and winter.

The Lecht Ski Centre expects to be open for business this weekend and owner James McIntosh chats to Euan about his hopes for a successful season, his last in charge.

Sir John Lister Kaye was awarded the RSPB Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nature of Scotland awards last week. Mark and Euan recorded with him at his Aigas Estate back in 2015 and we hear a wee excerpt from that programme.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Euan looks back on the last five years of conservation work in the Cairngorms National Park as they take stock and prepare to look ahead to the next five years. He hears what their priorities will be in terms of species and habitat.

Mark catches up with farm manager Chris Leslie who went on a trip to New Zealand at the end of last year. They speak about the practical and cultural differences in agriculture between Scotland and New Zealand.

A capercaillie at Glen Tanar Estate in Deeside is displaying "lekking" behaviour out of season this year. Euan finds out more.

Moray Waste Busters is a charity which aims to cut down on reusable items being put into landfill. Since they started in 2002 they’ve grown into a huge success as Mark finds out more when he goes to see what treasures he can find.

For years now there have been discussions about a Borders National Park. Euan hears the latest on the long running campaign.

Mark catches up with the team behind The Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100 mile route from Glenapp to Skelmorlie after they had a busy 2018.

Euan gets some camera trap tips from Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels to try and capture some footage in the Beechgrove car park.

More soundscapes sent in by our listeners.

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Euan catches up with David Frew at the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge.

Mark finds out about the ongoing Amnesty of Tenants’ Improvements which was launched in 2017 as a result of the Land Reform Act (Scotland) 2016. It allows tenant farmers to rectify any outstanding issues around past improvements they’ve carried out.

A study into the impact of a reindeer herd in the Cairngorms is underway and Euan hears about how it’s being carried out.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland recently held their biennial conference in Aviemore. Mark caught up with some of the team down at Glentress to hear what their plans for the future of the sport are.

The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion is a brand new building in Braemar although at a glance it looks convincingly Victorian. Euan has a look around and finds out all about the pavilion and the Braemar Gathering.

Just a stone’s throw away from the A96 near Inverurie, there’s a place called Pitscurry. Mark went for a visit to find out all about it and its red squirrels.

Storm Frank caused huge damage along Deeside back at the start of 2016. Many of the Victorian suspension footbridges were severely damaged and one, Polhollick footbridge has only just reopened as Euan finds out.

Mark and Euan learn all about Whooper Swans and why there might be so many of them around at the moment.

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Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. This programme is a shortened version of the previous edition.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith meet the local people cleaning up Delph Pond in Tullibody

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Euan chats to ecologist Dr David Hetherington who has been touring Scotland sharing his research about the relationship between the lynx and people for his book The Lynx and Us.

Mark finds out about a new initiative in Nairn called Green Hive which is about having a sense of pride in your local community and helping the local environment. He caught up with Simon Noble, chair of Green Hive and Kirsty Ellen, development officer to find out more

Euan visits Threave Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway to check out their osprey viewing platform.

Do you know the best places in the country to catch sight of our feathered friends? This week, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club is launching a bird watching app called Where to Watch Birds in Scotland – Mark finds out all about this app when he met Jane Allison, Development Officer of Scottish Ornitholgists at Aberlady

The River Cree in Dumfries and Galloway is one of only three sites known to have Sparling in Scotland and Courtney Rowland, Sparling project officer for the Galloway Fisheries Trust took Mark to see some Sparling.

Earlier this year, wildlife cameraman and photographer, Doug Allan who has worked with David Attenborough on the Blue and Frozen Planet series was in Aberdeen. Mark met up with him for a walk along the beach.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Euan hears about NFU Scotland’s new awareness-raising campaign to tackle irresponsible access by dog walkers in Scotland’s countryside. He hears from a farmer who has been the victim of dog attacks on his livestock.

Mark gets a tour of the state of the art fish market at Peterhead Port and finds out how fish makes its way from sea to plate.

The Woodland Trust has just secured the future of a special area of trees near Oban. Euan goes to explore and hear all about it.

The Formartine and Buchan Way is a popular route for walkers and cyclists running from Dyce all the way to Peterhead and Fraserburgh. Mark hears about Aberdeenshire Council plans to place e-bikes along the route to further increase its popularity.

Euan is back near Dalmellington on Craigengillan Estate for the first time in over ten years to see how the owner has transformed the land.

The earliest documented reference to a Scottish ship sailing to North America in 1596 has been discovered in the Aberdeen City and Shire archive. Mark meets the researcher who made the discovery about ‘The William’ and finds out about its significance.

Troup Head RSPB reserve on the Banffshire Coast is home to Scotland’s largest mainland gannet colony. Even in the winter it’s an impressive place to visit as Mark found out earlier this week.

Newtongrange is home to the National Mining Museum of Scotland. It tells the story of the lives of the men who worked in the mining industry across the country and has lots to explore as Mark found out.

Mark Stephen gets a tour of the modern fish market at Peterhead Port.

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While the non-stun slaughter of animals for religious reasons doesn’t happen in abattoirs here in Scotland, animals reared here can be killed in that way south of the border. They can also enter our food chain and at the moment food labelling means we don’t always know we’re consuming them. Mark finds out about a British Veterinary Association and RSPCA campaign to end non-stun slaughter and improve food labelling.

He also hears about the current vet shortage and the impact Brexit might have on the industry.

Euan spent part of his week at Scotland’s International Marine Conference in Glasgow. He updates us on plans for legislation to protect the marine environment.

Manufacturing fishing nets is a skilled job and an important one to support the white fish industry in Peterhead. Mark visits Jackson Trawls to find out how the massive nets are made.

St.Drostan was a follower of Saint Columba and spent much of his life in rural Aberdeenshire. Mark visits St.Drostan’s Well at the beach at New Aberdour and finds out more about the life of the interesting saint.

Euan gets an update on the plans for a cycle path between Gullane and Drem in East Lothian. The long running campaigners are hopeful that an end is in sight.

Kinnaird Head Castle is a 16th century building sold to the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1787 to become Scotland’s first mainland lighthouse. Another building on the site, the wine tower has a rather mysterious past as Mark finds out.

When you have as much grass to cut as the Scottish Wildlife Trust how on earth do you manage it all? Euan finds out about the ingenious ‘Flying Flock’ that helps with maintenance on Trust sites.

Mark visits the award winning Starbank Park in Newhaven in Edinburgh, a busy wee site with lots going on at all times of the year.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Euan brings us all the news from this year’s National Farmers Union of Scotland Annual conference.

He chats to Andrew McCornick, NFUS president, about the union’s concerns around Brexit and the impact a no deal scenario could have on food and farming.

The latest on beavers in Tayside as well as a look at mental health in farming.

Plus the Stand Up Farmer Jim Smith proves to us that there is a light side to the business.

Mark visits the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion visitor centre to find out how the new harbour is progressing.

Inserting ‘bolts’ into rock faces on mountains is a practice that divides the mountaineering world as Euan finds out.

Mark learns all about the ancient art of horse logging.

Concrete doesn’t seem like an obvious material to build a ship out of but at the end of the First World War that’s exactly what was happening in Aberdeen as Mark finds out.

And Out of Doors was sad to learn of the death of Colin Coventry, the man who looked after Smoo Cave near Durness. We listen back to our visit there from 2017 on our North Coast 500 trip.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Join Euan McIlWraith and Katie Still as they present a Springwatch Special, live from Orbiston, North Lanarkshire. They'll be helping the local community along with River City actors, Stephen Purdon and Gordon McCorkell transform areas of neglect into wildlife friendly patches of land.

Euan McIlWraith and Katie Still present a Springwatch Special live from Orbiston.

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Trees for Life is about restoring the globally important Caledonian Forest and its wildlife. Mark gets an update on their Skills for Rewilding programme as it begins its second year and currently recruiting new trainees. Paul Greaves, Skills for Rewilding Training Programme Manager based in Glenmoriston tells Mark what these traineeships will offer the new applicants.

Euan attends the Scottish Rural Awards, the event that celebrates all that is great about Scotland's countryside.

We discover the properties of Chaga Fungus from Rob and Gabrielle from Birken Tree.

Mink were brought to Scotland as part of the fur industry in the 1930s. But they aren’t native to here and their escape and deliberate release has put native species at risk. Euan finds out about the work being carried out by The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative to tackle the problem of mink.

Opened almost 200 years ago, the Caledonian Canal runs between Inverness and Fort William. A stretch at Fort Augustus has been emptied of water so that lock gates can be replaced. Mark gets a chance to see this inside this feat of engineering

We’ve all heard spooky sounds late at night, but what makes the sometimes ghostly noises? Euan investigates.

Glencoe is easily Scotland’s most famous glen and a must see for many tourists. The visitor centre there has just had a major refurbishment. Mark finds out about the new centre now known as ‘Gateway to the Glen’ as well as everything the area has to offer.

Ghost signs, are the fading remains of old painted signs on buildings which provide an invaluable insight into Glasgow’s architectural, social and cultural history. Mark finds out from Glasgow City Heritage Trust about their new initiative to uncover these signs and is shown some of the signs already discovered.

Helen Needham is in Maryculter Community Woods finding out how the former commercial forest has changed and taking a look at a new sculpture.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Euan brings us the latest on plans to release captive European wildcats into the Highlands in a final attempt to save the Scottish wildcat from extinction.

Mark takes a look around the new multi-million pound Peterhead fish market and finds out about the high environmental standards that the fishing industry there is aiming to meet.

After the announcement last week that beavers are to be given protected status in Scotland, Euan hears the views of the National Farmers Union for Scotland about the impact this could have on their members, particularly in Tayside and Perthshire.

The Royal Northern Spring Show held at Thainstone is a highlight of the agricultural calendar in the north east. Euan went along to get a flavour of the day.

Aultnaskiach Dell in Inverness is a woodland haven for wildlife. It’s recently been taken over by a charity as Mark found out when he went for a visit.

Euan chats to Sue Davis, the new chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre about its current refurbishment and plans for the future.

The expansion of the Aberdeen Harbour is hoped to bring lots more tourists to the area but at the moment there is a lack of guides to show them around. Mark finds out about a new scheme aiming to tackle the shortage.

Euan learns all about the recovery of the Eider Duck.

Clachnaben is one of the most popular hills for walkers in the north east. Visitor numbers take their toll on the path network but as Mark finds out the future of the infrastructure is in safe hands.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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Mark visits Rora Dairy in Aberdeenshire and finds out all about yoghurt production.

Euan finds out about new legislation being brought in to tighten restrictions on fox hunting in Scotland.

Mark takes a look at the Super Blood Wolf Moon turning the sky red.

There are unique housing problems faced by people living in rural areas. Mark hears about a survey which aims to get a clearer picture of what things are like across Scotland.

Euan finds out if our wild apples are becoming extinct.

We reflect on the life and work of Dr Adam Watson, an ecologist dubbed "Mr Cairngorms", who died earlier this week.

Mark explores Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious series of hand carved underground passageways and chambers.

Euan investigates a listener suggestion that the centre of Scotland might be a folly near Doune.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre is busy training up citizen scientists to take part in the Shorewatch programme. Mark gets put through one of their courses.

The tradition of blackening the bride and groom before they get married is common in the North East but as Euan finds out it’s not well known across the rest of the Scotland.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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The tradition of blackening the bride and groom before they get married is common in the North East but as Euan finds out it’s not well known across the rest of the Scotland.

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Euan has the latest on the Cairngorm Funicular Railway after the engineers’ report into it was published earlier this week.

Have you ever looked along a beach and wondered about where all the pebbles and rocks have come from? Mark takes a walk along Portobello Beach to see what he can find with geologist Angus Miller.

Mark meets Grace Noble and her herd of Highland Cattle who have made their home in Deeside.

Water voles were reintroduced to the Trossachs a number of years ago. Mark goes to find out how successful they’ve become.

Euan learns all about sled dogs from Alan Stewart at the Cairngorm Sled dog Centre.

The Tranent to Cockenzie Waggonway was opened in 1722 and was possible the first in Scotland. Mark meets the heritage group preserving it.

There is now a small breeding population of Cranes in Scotland. Euan hears all about these striking birds.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen is now home to a replica First World War trench. Mark went to explore before it opens to the public.

Euan spends some time with wildlife cameraman and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society field officer Charlie Phillips.

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with the latest outdoor activities.

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