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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 31 October 2009

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the latest outdoor activities from Shetland to the Borders. Plus the key stories for those who live and work in the countryside.

  • This week on out of doors

    Communities around rural Scotland rely on various forms of public and private funding to ensure their survival. But the business of locating, applying and successfully receiving funding can be daunting and complicated. This week, we speak to two different communities about their experiences, positive or otherwise, of obtaining funding: the Community House in Milton, Ross-shire and the One Stop Shop in Coalburn, Lanarkshire. We also get the definitive guide on how to successfully apply for funding for community projects in rural Scotland from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

    This weekend sees the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow, a showcase for Scottish food. Mark visits one producer taking part, the farmer behind some of Scotland's most famous blue cheese and hears about his latest invention, an alcoholic drink made from whey.

    We examine the origins of Halloween which are rooted in the changing seasons, and open up the neep versus pumpkin debate.

    Flooding, as many Scots know to their cost, causes devastation in many parts of the country. Many would argue that with the onset of climate change, flooding is set to increase. Planners and engineers are working hard to create effective flood defences - a mixture of hard and soft engineering options. Euan visits the Skinflats RSPB Reserve near the Kincardine Bridge, where a series of mudflats have been created to help alleviate flooding in the Forth Valley.

    And Helen gets a lesson in leadership from a horse: an Equine Assisted Learning course, which aims to teach us more about ourselves by being around horses.

  • scotland outdoors: horse riding

    scotland outdoors: horse riding

    More articles, video, galleries and horse-riding related events on BBC Scotland Outdoors.

    Scotland Outdoors
  • Your pictures: Autumn colours

    Your pictures: Autumn colours

    Noreen, from Aberdeenshire, sent us these photos following a trip to the Glencoe area in early October. Here her walking companions survey the magnificent view.
    See these and more wonderful images in our autumn gallery.

    BBC Scotland Outdoors gallery


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