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Paddle power offers a new perspective

Beach on north side of Isle Ristol in the Summer Isles.

More and more people in Scotland are taking to the water to enjoy activities in the outdoors, and the majority of them are "casual" participants, a new study has revealed.

Seventh heaven on a Strathspey ride

Published: Sun 06 Apr 2014

Ruthven Barracks, built to quell the Jacobites after the 1715 uprising.

THEY are seventh heaven for cyclists. Quiet roads mean you can bowl along without having to worry about impatient drivers. Fortunately, here in the Highlands we're blessed with an abundance of such bike-friendly routes. The real bonus is that they pass through some stunning scenery too, making the ride all the more enjoyable. A Strathspey circuit I've done a couple of times is a classic example - especially the return leg. There are no serious hills to tackle, which for me at least means I can focus more on the surroundings and less on the physical effort involved.

Peaceful trail that's perfect for exploring

Published: Sun 30 Mar 2014

Ruthven Barracks from the Invertromie viewpoint.

The Badenoch Way is a great little route that passes through some wonderful stretches of native woodland, offers fine views to the mountains and rivers and uses memorable little paths.

Scramble at summit is fine end to climb

Published: Sun 23 Mar 2014

Looking through the adze of John's ice-axe to Peter below the higher east summit.

When we set off on our short hill walk from a quiet Inverness-shire glen we could hardly have imagined the mini winter mountaineering challenge we would experience at the summit.

Small but perfectly formed

Published: Sun 16 Mar 2014

The view over the peninsula from Beinn Ghobhlach's north top.

THERE'S a hill near Ullapool that's masquerading as a Munro. I know because I've climbed it and had an easier time on actual Munros. The hill in question, Beinn Ghobhlach, is the highest point on the peninsula that divides Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. View it travelling south on the lovely scenic road that winds round Gruinard Bay heading for Dundonnell and you'll understand why I've described it as a pretend Munro.

Photos and slideshows

The Fish Road

A selection of photos from the 'Fish Road' - an old drovers and merchants road between Little Garve and Aultguish, followed by a return cycle through Longart Forest.

The Fish Road

2013 in photos

Keep reading Active Outdoors every week to see what the team get up to in 2014! You can send your own photos and comments to activeoutdoors@spp-group.com or tweet us @active_outdoors or visit facebook.com/activeoutdoors

2013 in photos

Glen Tilt and Glen Feshie mountain bike route

A tough mountain biking outing through two famous Cairngorms glens - read more about them in our two-part feature in our newspapers and online.

Glen Tilt and Glen Feshie mountain bike route

Lighthouse vision was reality

Our photograph on page 3 of Active Outdoors magazine (issue four, autumn/winter 2013/14) has elicited a wave of comments from readers - many suggesting it's not possible to see the lighthouse at Cape Wrath from Sandwood Bay.

Lighthouse vision was reality

Lochnagar via the Black Spout

Peter Evans and John Davidson enjoyed a fine but blustery day climbing Lochnagar via the Black Spout.

Lochnagar via the Black Spout

Pedal on UK

John Davidson joined volunteers and celebrities on a 240-mile cycle to celebrate the completion of new walking and cycling projects around the country.

Pedal on UK

Summer 2013

It's been a fantastic summer here in the Highlands and we've enjoyed some wonderful adventures. This is a small selection of photographs from our trips, some of which feature in issue four of Active Outdoors magazine.

Summer 2013

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