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Blanket Bog Course

For those who are green fingered, this 3 day course on Blanket Bogs with Richard Lindsay (one of Britain’s foremost experts) has something for everyone with an interest in blanket bog ecology. You will look at plants associated with blanket bogs, Sphagnum mosses, and learn about the impacts of land-use on blanket bogs. The course is £50, including transport from Lerwick.


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Shetland Nature Festival

Running in partnership with the ‘European Geoparks Week’, Shetland welcomes its seventh annual nature festival. With such varied and spectacular landscape, Shetland is home to fascinating geology. You will discover evidence that Shetland was once part of North America, walk on ancient oceanic crust, explore an extinct volcano and saunter across shifting sands. Keep an eye on the festival website for more information.


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Coastal Foraging Day

Learn all about edible shellfish, seaweed and coastal plants on this practical and interesting day course. You will be guided throughout the day and learn about legal issues, where to find different species, and use safe cooking techniques to cook the food you find. This is a ‘back to nature’ day out and is suitable for all ages. Prices are £50 per adult and £25 per accompanied child (ages 8-16).


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The Cape Wrath Trail by Iain Harper

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The Cape Wrath Trail by  – Reviewed by Don CurrieCicerone is a byword for practicality, good design and reliability and this guide to a demanding 231-mile walk carries on the tradition. If, say, you’ve done the West Highland Way and now fancy something considerably longer, tougher and shared with fewer fellow travellers, this route from Fort William to Cape Wrath could be for you. You could even join them together, given that this one starts where its better known predecessor ends. Great photographs, maps, drawing and altitude diagrams complement Iain Harper’s clear instructions and thoughtful advice. 

Rating: 4 / 5
Cicerone, £14.95

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Wild Swimming by Daniel Start

Wild Swimming by Daniel Start
Wild Swimming: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain
by  – Reviewed by Don CurrieA beautiful, heartfelt celebration of one of life’s great joys, and a very practical guide, complete with precise directions and grid references. Daniel Start has added 150 swimming spots to those listed in his first edition five years ago, and 50 or so of the entries are in Scotland. The photography is great, and while the text is big on information rather than the lyricism that other writers have brought to bear on this subject, Start certainly gets across his sincere belief that wild swimming is an adventure that can enhance our lives.

Rating: 4 / 5
Wild Things Publishing Ltd, £16.99

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The Fife Coastal Path, The Official Guide

The Fife Coastal Path - The Official Guide

The Fife Coastal Path, The Official Guide by the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust

Produced by the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, this official guide is a comprehensive resource for walkers looking to stride along the Fife Coastal Path – whether in sections, or the whole 117-mile length of it. Surprisingly wild in places, there’s no better way to get a feel for the Kingdom.

RRP £9.99, www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk

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