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Bike maintenance: Our top tips

Bike maintenance: Our top tips

Friday, 14 June 2019

As the final weekend of Bike Week 2019 approaches, we’ve put together this handy guide to basic bike maintenance. Whether you’ve just bought a bike, if you’re looking for one, or just rescuing one from its winter hiding place, we’ll show you how to check it’s in shape for the summer season. Whether you’re a downhill mountain biking enthusiast, a keen road racer, or just ...

Trail Blazers: Ruari Watt & Andy Wardman

Trail Blazers: Ruari Watt & Andy Wardman

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

At our destinations across Scotland, mountain biking is one of the most enduringly popular outdoor activities. Nothing beats the thrill of an adrenaline-charged downhill dash! Scottish mountain bikers and overseas visitors have a range of different challenges, terrains and organised races to choose from, right in their backyard, from Laggan Wolftraxx near Aviemore and Moray Monster Trails ...

On yer bike! A guide to getting started cycling

On yer bike! A guide to getting started cycling

Monday, 10 June 2019

It’s National Bike Week (8-16 June)! There’s no better time to jump on your bike and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. Whether you haven’t cycled since you were a kid, or your once beloved bike has lain forgotten in the garage for longer than you care to admit, don't hesitate. Dust off that saddle, polish up your bell and don your helmet, it’s time for a two wheeled adventure!

Summer events guide

Summer events guide

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Make the most of the summer sunshine, and find an awesome outdoor adventure for the whole family in Scotland’s forests this June and July. Of course our woodland destinations can be calm and tranquil, but at other times, the forests are buzzing with activity! From international mountain biking competitions to guided camping trips under the stars, to holiday-time activity clubs for younger kid...

Our top 3 spots for forest bathing

Our top 3 spots for forest bathing

Monday, 13 May 2019

Known in Japan as 'shinrin-yoku'  which translates as "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing" – was developed in Japan during the 1980s. It may sound simple, but forest bathing offers a timeless truth - time spent in a forest and amongst nature reduces stress and promotes a feeling of wellbeing. There is even a healthy body of research supporting the...

Meet the beavers of Knapdale

Meet the beavers of Knapdale

Friday, 03 May 2019

  In 2009, the area around Knapdale forest was chosen for a very special project. The plan was to reintroduce a beaver population into the wild in Scotland, and scientifically monitor their impact on the environment. Thus far, it has been a huge success, providing huge amounts of data about these industrious creatures.  The original beavers, brought in from Norway as part of the Scotti...

New agencies, new branding, new talent!

New agencies, new branding, new talent!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

  The creation of new agencies, Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland, represents the start of a new chapter for forestry in Scotland. It’s a pivotal time in forestry and an exciting one now that forestry is fully devolved to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament and two new forestry agencies have been created.

Achnabreac Short Story Competition: The Winner

Achnabreac Short Story Competition: The Winner

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A few weeks back, we ran a short story competition inspired by the Neolithic carvings at Achnabreac. These stunning examples of ‘cup and ring’ marks, carved thousands of years ago by our prehistoric ancestors, have always been something of a mystery. We thought we’d ask you, our readers, to provide a few theories about their origins. Well, we weren’t disappointed with the results! With ...

Ospreys and eagles come home to roost

Ospreys and eagles come home to roost

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Our bird blogs are back in action for 2019! Things are already getting interesting, with two eggs delivered by regular Tweed Valley resident osprey Mrs O. and her partner SS, while our beloved Aberfoyle osprey Clarach has also been seen mating with her partner - we’re sharing news from that nesting site on The Lodge’s Facebook page. The mating season is now in full swing, so we can expect mo...

The John Muir Way celebrates its fifth birthday

The John Muir Way celebrates its fifth birthday

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Last week the John Muir Way, the long distance route running from Dunbar in East to Helensburgh in the West, celebrated its fifth birthday. The lengthy, winding route is named after John Muir, a pioneer of conservation who emigrated from Scotland to America in 1848, aged 10. Muir was part of a group of activists that fought to protect Yosemite Valley in California, and helped to create the world...

Behind the Scenes: Creating 'The First Foresters'

Behind the Scenes: Creating 'The First Foresters'

Monday, 08 April 2019

  'The First Foresters' is a free-to-access learning resource combining an inspirational blend of archaeological discussion, creative indoor activities and practical outdoor learning. The beautifully illustrated booklet links today’s native woodlands, the ancient wildwood of the past and the Neolithic pioneers who ventured into it over 6000 years ago.  

Where to spot wildlife in Scotland’s forests

Where to spot wildlife in Scotland’s forests

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Image: Will Bolding / Unsplash With spring and the Easter holidays just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start planning your trip to Scotland's best loved wild places. Recently, we've looked at kids activities on a budget, the perfect pit-stops for those long car journeys, and even picked our favourite chilled-out forest trails for a bit of 'forest bathing.' This time, we've selecte...

Picking the perfect pit-stop

Picking the perfect pit-stop

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Image: Alvan Nee / Unsplash Although last week's early flash of warm weather may have blown away in the March winds for now, Spring is most definitely in the air! Scotland’s beautifully rugged great outdoors is just waiting to be explored. Whether you're after a woodland walk with a furry friend, or a longer weekend stroll with the whole family, we've picked ten spots per...

Romantic places to visit in the forest

Romantic places to visit in the forest

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Photo: Caroline Veronez / Unsplash Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… We reckon the forest is one of the romantic places to woo a loved one this February 14th, so we’ve put together a guide on the best places to take a dreamy stroll, plan a woodland wedding or even pop that all-important question!

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