As well as Strathspey, crested tits occur in pine woodlands on the coastal plain of the Moray Firth, Easter Ross and south-east Sutherland. There are an estimated 1,000 – 2,000 breeding pairs in Scotland.
Regular readers of Take a Hike will be aware of my fascination with the histories of old paths, whether they be former drove roads through the glens, coffin roads linking scattered communities to their kirks or military routes built to quell uprisings in the Highlands.
Kestrels can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including moorland, farmland, coastal cliffs and in our towns and cities. The field vole is its preferred prey.
I love riding my bike with other people; there is a certain sense of shared adventure and camaraderie knowing that the people you are with just get it.
Coultra Hill, Balmerino, Fife
Perthshire’s premier cycling event, Etape Caledonia, is back for 2019. Gayle Ritchie chats to last year’s fastest rider and finds out why YOU should sign up now!
Off-Road CC recently voted Scotland’s own Strathpuffer mountain bike endurance race, which takes place next weekend near Contin, as one of the 11 toughest mountain bike or gravel events in the world. Alongside it are events such as the Tour Divide, The Yak Attack and another Scottish event, the Highland Trail 550.
Brighten up those dark winter nights with a dazzling light display on the banks of the River Tay in Perth.
Formerly absent due to persecution, pine martens now occur throughout much of Courier Country, with a recent survey detecting their presence in Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Angus and Fife.
Losing weight will be on many cyclists' resolution lists in 2019, but make sure you’re not restricting your diet to your detriment.