This Spring, two long-standing nature festivals have joined forces to pack more of a punch and tempt visitors south to enjoy some of the land's most fertile wildlife havens.
IT is the land where they say what is dead may never die - a motto which buoyed us greatly as we began our approach into Lordsport.
I am sitting in my tent, 26,000 feet up on Mount Everest, and someone comes to tell me that a Swiss climber has died in the next tent.
THE first time I climbed the three peaks of the Eildons I wasn't thinking of fairies.
IT'S said that we Scots betray a wanderlust that extends well beyond these islands, but are less enthusiastic about exploring our immediate surroundings.
ON a walking tour of Vancouver, my guide is of the best variety - born and raised in the city, a well-kent face and popular wherever he goes.
IF the idea of staying in a themed hotel conjures images of tacky decor and a bedroom full of Disney characters, there is gem tucked away in the West Yorkshire countryside which promises to change your mind.
I'VE dreamt of living in Paris ever since I went there for the first time on my honeymoon almost 16 years ago.