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...
Scottish bluebells, or harebells are they are also known, are putting on a fine show just now with their nodding pastel blue flowers adorning our hill pastures and glens.
Fancy doing an ultra marathon? I wasn’t so sure but found that a ‘hauntingly beautiful and rugged’ new event in Edinburgh may just persuade me...
Contouring round the hillside above the Perthshire river that shares its name, the Tummel Aqueduct is an impressive feat of engineering, part of an extensive hydro-electric scheme that harnesses water drawn from a vast expanse of the often-rainy Scottish Highlands.
When I was younger I was in the school swimming team and played in goal for our hockey team, but cycling has always been my sport. I have always gone hillwalking, but for me that is definitely not a sport and more something that I enjoy doing. I don’t obsess over it the way I do about cycling.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair is on August 24-27. Gayle Ritchie checks out some of the action.
A boat trip that brings the heritage and history of Loch Tay to life is a summer must-do. Gayle braves the rain and enjoys a cruise with a difference
During the two world wars, the batteries of the Forth Coastal Defences were established to protect shipping on what was a strategically important yet potentially vulnerable estuary.
I’ve only gone and done it again! Last year, if you recall, I finished the Strathpuffer mountain bike race, almost in tears and vowing that it was all over.
The warm rain pit-pattered through the trees that clung tenaciously to the sides of this rocky gorge near Edzell. It was a gentle, soothing noise that provided a wonderful complement to the tumbling waters of the River North Esk below.
Rising from the north-east shoreline of Loch Tay, Drummond Hill is a sturdy little peak lost to forestry. Engulfed by evergreens, the regimented rows of conifers ensure views from its slopes are scant.
I looked at the computer on my handlebars. I was hitting 52 mph. I crouched down on my bike a little more, but I couldn’t edge out any more speed. My fingers were off the brakes and I was out of gears to pedal any faster.
Fife entrepreneur Tyrone Reekie had a novel idea to boost Kirkcaldy’s tourism – to run rickshaw rides along the waterfront. Gayle goes for a spin.
They say it’s not a good idea to take your religion from hymns, but some are absolute belters and you feel better for singing them. Once in a while, a hymn resonates with my own experience, such as this one I sang last Sunday.
Sculpted into craggy slopes above Glen Clova, Loch Brandy is one of the best examples of a mountain corrie loch in Scotland. A relic of the Ice Age, the glacial bowl nestles below great bluffs of stone, a spectacular reward for an arduous ascent from the valley below.
Aiming for buns of steel and a six-pack? Get along to a local green space and take part in a bootcamp run by Park Lives.
Podcasting has been around for a number of years now. The nascent technology that allows audio content to be recorded, serialised and put online for a potential audience to download on to their various smartphones and other devices first came into prominence around 2003, but it was with the advent of the iPod shuffle that the media form really started to take off.