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An illustration of an Iron Age hillfort, as seen from above.

Behind the scenes: Archaeology from the sky

Monday, 01 July 2019

The Iron Age hillfort of Castle Hill above Glentress is probably around 2500 years old, give or take a few centuries. The site has never been excavated and is not the easiest to read on the ground. But from the sky you can see an unusual series of earthworks – an earlier settlement enclosed by two concentric rings of double palisades, followed by a later (and smaller) hillfort with two ban...

Close-up of a brown cow lying on grass

Cows: Unlikely gardeners!

Monday, 24 June 2019

Home to the remains of the Antonine Wall, once the northernmost tip of the Roman Empire, Nethercroy Hill is now a World Heritage Site. It's a beautiful spot—a stunning nature spot where butterflies, bats, great crested newts and other species make their homes in lush, wildflower-strewn meadows and ancient woodland. One group of residents arrived more recently, and you are almost sure to meet t...

Three children going down a slide, side by side

School holiday activities on a budget

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

When you're a youngster, the holidays seem to last forever, stretching on and on in a sunlit haze of long evenings and bright, early mornings. The most important thing to do on your holidays, of course, is to make new memories with friends and family... but keeping the kids entertained is always a challenge, especially with the cost of indoor activities in towns and cities.  Looking for so...

View of a boardwalk overlooking a loch; a mountain bike rests against the railings

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 ...

Close-up of someone wearing a full-face bike helmet

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 ...

Group of 8 people on mountain bikes smiling at the camera

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!

Two wee boys putting their bike helmets on

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...

Woman in lotus position facing away from camera. Brown, autumnal leaves are scattered on the ground.

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 th...

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!

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

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

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

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'

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.  

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