The Great Outdoors

  • New: Venue hire space at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn
    The Ecology Centre in Fife has expanded its venue hire space with the addition of a brand new function room! Complementing its existing Nest, The Ecology Centre has been refurbished to also offer the Den, which is within the main building and can accommodate circa 40 people, with stunning views of Kinghorn Loch. The new … Read more
  • Taymouth Marina in Perthshire named Best Leisure Resort
    Kenmore holiday and wellness resort Taymouth Marina has been crowned Best Leisure Resort at the 2019 Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards. The awards, which now in their fourth year, celebrate the best in hospitality, activities and events within Scotland’s outdoor and leisure industries. Family-owned Taymouth Marina, which is situated on the banks of Loch Tay in Perthshire, has … Read more
  • Prevent SAD by planting away the Winter blues
    Gardening is good for you – even in Winter! Wrap-up warm and get outside in December to enjoy the winter garden at its best. From delicate flowers and intoxicating fragrances to evergreen foliage and tactile barks, bright jewel-like fruits and berries, and many more delights of the natural world. Winter displays come to life on … Read more
  • Scary plants to spruce up your Hallowe’en
    With Hallowe'en in sight, pumpkin sales are set to go through the roof, while houses and shops are festooned with fake blood, spiders’ webs, and skeletons. But how about enhancing your Hallowe’en décor with a few natural alternatives, such as some of the world’s spookiest looking plants? Here, with the help of Suttons, which offers … Read more
  • Mental health benefits of nature
    What if there was a natural way to uplift your mood, destress, promote a sense of wellbeing, leave you calm yet energised, without side-affects, dependency or prescription? What if it was free, readily available and in complete abundance? Well, there is a way and it’s all of that – and the answer is, it seems, … Read more
  • Falkirk e-bike scheme is a winner
    Falkirk Active Travel Hub's e-bike scheme has scooped a top award for helping the community get more active and reduce carbon emissions. It landed the Active Travel Project of the Year honour at Path's for All's annual Volunteer Awards held at the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Tuesday, 10 September) after rolling out Scotland's largest electric bike … Read more
  • In a bad mood? Try running with your dog!
    New research has found that running with a dog is a top remedy for bad moods. Grain-free pet food brand, Canagan, and the University of Chichester, teamed up to study whether runners had an enhanced physical and emotional experience when accompanied by their dog. Their new research reveals that exercising with a dog can actually enhance the … Read more
  • How the great outdoors can encourage healthy teenage mindsets
    Our sense of mental wellbeing is greatly affected by our climate and environment. Developing a good relationship with the great outdoors is important for people of all ages, but at a young age, this can prove to be crucial to achieve great mental health in later years. That's why Muddy Puddles, a childrens coats retailer, … Read more
  • How to create a garden that promotes health and healing
    Your garden should be a peaceful place to spend time in. Make sure it's a sanctuary to benefit body and mind, with the help of these 5 tips from Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres. Not only can being close to nature help clear your mind, it's good for your body too. … Read more
  • Can gardening help beat depression?
    If you’re feeling depressed and under pressure you're certainly not alone. Nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience depression or anxiety, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which says more women report they suffer from the condition than men. Anyone can be at risk, but certain genetic variations may make some … Read more
  • Research reveals the over 50s as society’s real adventurers
    The Saga generations (i.e. the over 50s) are more care-free and significantly less self-conscious than their younger counterparts. That's according to new research, which reveals that just 22% of over 50s care what others think about them, compared to 70% of people aged 18-24. The study also found while both the over 50s and 18 … Read more
  • New Hebridean whale trail launches on Scotland’s West Coast
    A new whale trail has been launched by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust to help showcase Scotland’s West Coast as a world-class destination for spotting whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Hebridean Whale Trail, which is the first of its kind in the UK, is a unique initiative connecting more than 30 locations which offer … Read more
  • How to create a sensory experience in your own garden
    It's no secret that gardening is good for you. Whether you love the exciting colours, evocative scents, delicious flavours, tactile appeal or just the calming rustling and movement of plants, there's no doubt you can benefit, in many ways, from having them in your life. How to create an immersive sensory experience Immerse yourself in … Read more
  • Cairngorms National Park receives Dementia-Friendly Walking accreditation
    The UK’s largest National Park has become the latest to receive Dementia Friendly Walking accreditation for its Nethy Bridge Health Walk. The Cairngorms National Park's new accreditation from Paths for All means anyone living with dementia and their carers can be assured their Health Walk is short, safe, friendly and free. The park will have … Read more
  • £60k boost for dementia sufferers in Scotland to embrace the great outdoors
    People with dementia in various parts of Scotland are to benefit from a cash injection of £60k to help them enjoy walking activities, which could help improve their sleep patterns and boost overall health and mental wellbeing. Residents of Perth and Kinross and Ayrshire will benefit from the two-year National Lottery Community Fund's Improving Lives … Read more
  • Get involved in the Big Fit Walk this Summer
    Walking is good for us. That's why Scottish charity Paths for All is urging everyone to get involved in its Big Fit Walk this Summer! The Big Fit Walk campaign, which is now in its 16th year, is calling on people in Scotland of all ages and abilities to get outside and organise or join … Read more
  • Travelling alone this Summer? Don’t leave home without reading these 5 tips
    Tour operator Elle Voyage, which specialises in group tours for women, shares five tips for first-time solo travellers. Make sure solo travel is for you by starting small – don't do your first solo trip thousands of miles away from home. Do a solo overnight trip to a city in your own country. Eat in … Read more
  • Win a Seedball bundle and help boost Scotland’s bee population
    Since WWII, the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower habitats. But you can do your bit to help grow a brighter future. By planting organic seed balls or wildflower seeds, you can help to reintroduce some of our native species, create a refuge for wildlife and help boost the UK’s threatened bee and butterfly … Read more
  • Want to live longer? Embrace the great outdoors
    Last year, an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report revealed that, for the first time since records began, today's children have a lower life expectancy than their parents. Today (Tuesday, 16 April 2019), Ordnance Survey (OS) has released a short film in response to those findings which encourages people to embrace the great outdoors before … Read more
  • Scotland welcomes its first dementia-friendly woodland
    Evanton Community Woodland in the Highlands has become Scotland's first dementia-friendly woodland. Thanks to £6k in funding from the Life Changes Trust, Scotland's walking charity, Paths for All, has helped the woodland become more accessible for people living with dementia. The area around the woodland cabin has been resurfaced to make it easier to walk … Read more
  • Is this the most remote hotel in the world?
    Thinking of escaping the 'rat race'?  Then you can't get much further than this… a remote hotel in Greenland which is 500 miles from anywhere. The settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit [CORR] in East Greenland has a buzzing population of 450 people – and the odd polar bear. It takes three flights and a helicopter ride to … Read more
  • 7 reasons to visit The Enchanted Forest this Autumn
    The Enchanted Forest 2018 got off to a wild and wonderful start earlier this month with the launch of this year's Of The Wild theme at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Showcasing the autumnal beauty of Highland Perthshire, the sound and light spectacular released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run (Oct 6 – … Read more
  • How to set up an Autumn-themed nature table
    A nature setting to suit the seasons – Emily Hamalainen of Little Acorns Early Years talks about the educational and therapeutic benefits of setting up a nature table at home  As shades of Autumn start to appear and nature transforms itself so vividly, what better way to help children contextualise and reinforce these seasonal changes … Read more
  • 10 nature-inspired ways to keep the kids entertained in your own garden
    Now that we’re more than half-way through the school holidays, you may have exhausted all your ideas (and budget) trying to keep the kids (and their friends) entertained throughout the summer. If so, don’t worry – help is at hand! We are all too familiar with this scenario and have compiled a list of our … Read more