After travelling south through Fife to admire the newly opened, ultra-modern Queensferry Crossing, I took a step back in time and headed upriver to a pair of villages that hark back to a much earlier era.
September air, so clear and fair; a time of swansongs for some creatures whilst others – such as several types of geese – will be hitting our shores over the next few weeks as they leave their northern breeding grounds to seek respite from the rapidly approaching arctic winter.
You won’t find David Weinczok hanging out at many luxury castles – ruins are more up his street. Gayle hooks up with the self-styled “castle hunter” in Fife as he visits his 288th building
I find maps endlessly fascinating, though not the electronic GPS kind which, though practical on occasion, don’t have the same allure as a fold-out paper one.
As the summer harvest gets into full swing, combines can be seen tearing through bumper crops of ripe wheat, barley and oats across the country. Gayle Ritchie explores harvesting through the ages...
The Falls of Bruar are one of Highland Perthshire’s scenic gems. Hidden away among towering trees, two rustic stone bridges span a deep, rocky ravine through which the Bruar Water tumbles with, it must be said, a certain gusto.
Impressive medieval ruins, idyllic white sands, a world famous golf course, and Scotland's oldest university are just some of the highlights on a newly launched running tour of St Andrews. Gayle Ritchie pulls on her lycra and checks it out...
The road ahead of me was black. The only indication of my route ahead was the white line in the centre of the road that the faint beam from my LED lights was picking out.
Victim of sea winds and salt spray, the ruined chapel and graveyard of St Skae stands atop a rocky headland looking over the North Sea known to Montrosians as the Elephant Rock. I keep an eye out for it whenever I take the train from Montrose to Edinburgh.
Something rather uplifting happened the other week that has opened my eyes to a hitherto unknown part of the natural world to me.
The pharmaceutical and beauty industry makes millions from our desire to stay healthy, look younger and avoid illness, but as yet no such company has come up with the miracle elixir that provides all of these benefits – if such a pill did exist it would be hailed as a wonder drug.
Parkour involves running, climbing, swinging, jumping, rolling and vaulting across “urban furniture”. Gayle Ritchie meets two Dundee lads proving their parkour prowess...
An art project-cum-treasure hunt that launched in Carnoustie last month has gone global. Gayle gets involved
The Colle delle Finestre in the Cottian Alps is tucked into the north western edge of Italy, just on the border with France. In name it is fairly innocuous and may not be the first mountain pass to spring to mind when one thinks of the giants of road cycle racing. But what it lacks in infamy it more than makes up with character with the final 8 km of the 18 km climb being on unpacked road.
Explorer Paul Murton is taking us on another Grand Tour of Scotland in a brilliant new TV series about lochs. Gayle Ritchie catches up with the presented on his travels...