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20150529

20150529

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150529

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150814

20150814

Author and illustrator of the popular children's series Katie Morag, Mairi Hedderwick also writes and illustrates travel books. Fiona and Mairi chat about her career and the appeal of island life.

We find out more about Earth's Natural Wonders with producer, Matt Barrett, and find out what happened when the crew tried to film at the edge of the Victoria falls...

We catch up with previous guest Mark Beaumont, who recently completed the North Coast 500 - Scotland's answer to Route 66 - a 500 mile journey which takes you through beautiful areas of Scotland.

Several places in Scotland are taking an opportunity for tourism and launching a 'movie map' highlighting locations from such Hollywood blockbusters as Harry Potter & Braveheart. Fiona speaks to locations manager Cindy Thomson about why film crews across the world choose Scottish locations for their movies. We call to Paul Anderson - a fiddler cast for the remake of Whisky Galore who has just finished some filming in Portsoy.

20150814

Author and illustrator of the popular children's series Katie Morag, Mairi Hedderwick also writes and illustrates travel books. Fiona and Mairi chat about her career and the appeal of island life.

We find out more about Earth's Natural Wonders with producer, Matt Barrett, and find out what happened when the crew tried to film at the edge of the Victoria falls...

We catch up with previous guest Mark Beaumont, who recently completed the North Coast 500 - Scotland's answer to Route 66 - a 500 mile journey which takes you through beautiful areas of Scotland.

Several places in Scotland are taking an opportunity for tourism and launching a 'movie map' highlighting locations from such Hollywood blockbusters as Harry Potter & Braveheart. Fiona speaks to locations manager Cindy Thomson about why film crews across the world choose Scottish locations for their movies. We call to Paul Anderson - a fiddler cast for the remake of Whisky Galore who has just finished some filming in Portsoy.

20150821

20150821

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150821

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150828

20150828

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150828

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150911

20150911

This week, award winning writer and journalist Nick Thorpe joins Fiona Stalker. As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20150911

This week, award winning writer and journalist Nick Thorpe joins Fiona Stalker. As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20151016

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic and he joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip! We'll also find out what happened when Fiona spent the afternoon bowling with teenage bowler Carla Banks, who recently represented Scotland at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic and he joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip! We'll also find out what happened when Fiona spent the afternoon bowling with teenage bowler Carla Banks, who recently represented Scotland at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

20151016

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic and he joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip! We'll also find out what happened when Fiona spent the afternoon bowling with teenage bowler Carla Banks, who recently represented Scotland at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic and he joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip! We'll also find out what happened when Fiona spent the afternoon bowling with teenage bowler Carla Banks, who recently represented Scotland at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.

20151016

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic. He joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip.

20151016

Polar adventurer Charlie Paton will shortly be heading to the antarctic. He joins us in the Aberdeen Studio ahead of his incredible trip.

20151023

20151023

Sarah Mack is keeping the hotseast warm for Fiona! She's joined live in the Aberdeen studio by author and bird lover Esther Woolfson.

20151023

Sarah Mack is keeping the hotseast warm for Fiona! She's joined live in the Aberdeen studio by author and bird lover Esther Woolfson.

20151030

20151030

Mountaineer extraordinaire Sandy Allan joins us in the Aberdeen studio. We'll also be talking pumpkins, Neeps, ghosts and the Loch Ness Monster in preparation for Halloweeen!

20151030

Mountaineer extraordinaire Sandy Allan joins us in the Aberdeen studio. We'll also be talking pumpkins, Neeps, ghosts and the Loch Ness Monster in preparation for Halloweeen!

20160122

20160122

Mountain safety advisor, climber, avid sea kayaker and mountain biker Heather Morning joins Fiona Stalker on this week's Out for the Weekend. We'll also have our resident gardening expert Carole Baxter in the studio to answer all of your gardening queries and questions!

20160122

Mountain safety advisor, climber, avid sea kayaker and mountain biker Heather Morning joins Fiona Stalker on this week's Out for the Weekend. We'll also have our resident gardening expert Carole Baxter in the studio to answer all of your gardening queries and questions!

20160205

20160205

A young man who is already becoming established in the world of outdoors and conservation and he's still only a teenager, Zeki Basan, is Fiona's special guest. Scotland's Wildcats are sadly just 5 years from disappearing for good...we find out more about a fly on the wall study which is currently monitoring priority areas across the country, to illustrate where and how many we actually have left. Award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves explains why she's right behind National Libraries Day which takes place this weekend. Writer, editor and singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack's latest book takes him Sixty Degrees North, Around the World in Search of Home.... Malachy reveals just how he managed to complete the journey! It may be chilly outside but the chance to visit a tropical garden maybe closer than you think... our resident green fingered expert Carole Baxter did just that earlier this week when she spent the day at the hidden gem that is Aberdeen's David Welch Winter Gardens!

20160311

20160311

This week Louise White will be keeping the hotseat warm for Fiona Stalker! This week's special guest is a lady who has ran a marathon on every continent in the world - Shona Thomson will be revealing just what it takes to carry out such a feat. If such extreme behaviour is way beyond your weekend plans, Louise will also be finding out about some less demanding but equally rewarding hiking trails to enjoy closer to home! We catch up with some of the youngsters from the Polar Academy and Steve Owens updates Louise on all things astronomical. Are you finding it hard to tear your kids away from their tablets and computer games? Fiona Bird has some practical ideas to make the outdoors more attractive to the youngsters in your life! Did you know that wild violets have a neat back-up trick to make babies if there aren't any pollinators around? The Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland's Louise Welsh will be giving Louise White the lowdown on this pretty wildflower which boasts five varieties and that's just in Scotland. In anticipation of British Science Week, Louise will be exploring the science of flight and participating in a live experiment with the help of Matt Burke. And why on earth would you want to spend your weekend tackling mud-splattered obstacles and punishing hills and trails? Jim Mee will be revealing all.

20160401

This week's special guest is a man who has the accolade of being the first British man to swim the toughest seven Oceans in the World.... Adam Walker joins Fiona Stalker! As Fiona will finding out, Adam is a huge fan of dolphins, well in preparation for his guest spot, we sent our reporter Moira Hickey for a day trip to the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay. A chance to hear about Fiona's recent trip to the stunning Dundee Botanic Gardens. Staying with the water theme, our resident science expert Lesley Weston will be giving Fiona the chance to try out some watery themed experiments that you can try at home with your youngsters. If the thought of running a marathon seems far too much like hard work, we find out more from Deveron Arts about one taking place at a far calmer pace, the Huntly Slow Marathon. What would you get up to if you had a weekend to spend in Moray? Neil Robertson will be revealing five very different activities you can try out if you're in the area. What's so special about the Rowan tree? Rory Syme will be revealing all, as well as giving us the latest on another tree that's been hitting the headlines, the Ash. Anyone for coffee, cake and cycling? Pru Whitwell will be revealing some of the most popular beverages and sweet treats enjoyed by riders when they're out and about on a weekend.

20160401

20160408

Broadcaster, former member of parliament and train enthusiast Michael Portillo is Fiona's special guest. Staying with trains we'll be finding out what happened when our reporter Julia Hamilton went for a ride on one of the trains at the Royal Deeside Railway. Heading to the moon and back, Steve Owens will be joining Fiona with his monthly update on all things astronomical. The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch was a huge success but what did the survey actually uncover? Kirsty Nutt will be revealing all when she joins Fiona live in the Aberdeen Studio. Our reporter John Johnston uncovers the many wonders of The Shetland Lighthouse and our resident gardening expert Carole Baxter gets down and dirty with a load of tatties. What's so special about the Bluebell? Louise Marsh from The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland will be flying the flag for the wee blue flora. They've now returned to Scotland but how did the lucky teenagers taking part in the latest Polar Academy Expedition get on?! Fiona will be catching up with founder Craig Mathieson and two of the specially selected team to find out all about their incredible journey.

20160408

20160415

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20160415

20160422

He was once a shy youngster who hated sport, he's now a professional rock climber and author... Dave Macleod is Fiona's special guest. Staying with mountains we'll also be getting the lowdown on the Aviemore Mountain Festival and catching up with top female climber Natalie Berry. Plenty of colour in your garden? We sent our resident gardening expert Carole Baxter to The Cruickshank Botanic Gardens in Aberdeen earlier this week to find out how their wide range of blooms are coming on.

Staying with new arrivals we get an update from the RSPB's Jess Tomes on Loch Garten's resident Osprey couple, EJ and Odin and their potential wee ones!

Meanwhile, if you're heading to the Borders this weekend have you anything planned? Neil Robertson has plenty ideas to get you out and about. Are you taking part in the 2016 London Marathon this Sunday?! We hear how training is going for one entrant and get some top tips from former finisher Bryan Burnett! And if the thought of a marathon fills you with dread, we may have just the thing to get you motivated as Carl Greenwood from Paths for All tells us all about the charity's latest Step Count Challenge!

20160422

20160520

The first and fastest woman to cycle the world is this week's special guest - Juliana Buhring will be telling Fiona all about her adventures. If you're a dog lover do you fancy spending this weekend running through crazy obstacles with lots of mud? Lindsay Johnson reveals all about this weekend's Ruff Dugger event. Britain's highest mountain has been getting a makeover....we find out about the latest upgrades and improvement taking place on the Ben Nevis mountain path. If you're heading to Skye for the weekend just what's on offer? Neil Robertson has a whole host of activities you can get your teeth into. If you're a fan whales and dolphins this could be for you - Anna Jemmett will be explaining how you can get involved in this year's Orca Watch which kicks off this weekend. The RSPB's Jess Tomes will be on hand with the very latest on the Loch Garten Osprey chicks! Support team member Moray Finch joins us ahead of next weeks charity row on the Isle of Mull.

20160520

20160520

The first and fastest woman to cycle the world is this week's special guest - Juliana Buhring will be telling Fiona all about her adventures. If you're a dog lover do you fancy spending this weekend running through crazy obstacles with lots of mud? Lindsay Johnson reveals all about this weekend's Ruff Dugger event. Britain's highest mountain has been getting a makeover....we find out about the latest upgrades and improvement taking place on the Ben Nevis mountain path. If you're heading to Skye for the weekend just what's on offer? Neil Robertson has a whole host of activities you can get your teeth into. If you're a fan whales and dolphins this could be for you - Anna Jemmett will be explaining how you can get involved in this year's Orca Watch which kicks off this weekend. The RSPB's Jess Tomes will be on hand with the very latest on the Loch Garten Osprey chicks! Support team member Moray Finch joins us ahead of next weeks charity row on the Isle of Mull.

20160520

20160603

As the weekend approaches, Fiona Stalker offers inspiration and insight into what's happening across Scotland in Out for the Weekend. From outdoor festivals to leisurely strolls, we'll give you the best advice including where the sun is going shine in our weekend weather forecast. If your outdoor activities are more home based, expert gardener Carole Baxter will be on hand with tips for keen and enthusiastic gardeners alike - and if you've never even felt the inclination to venture over your door step, a wide range of guests including Chris Packham and Mark Beaumont should persuade you to get Out for the Weekend.

20160603

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Jane Lewis sits in for Fiona Stalker. We catch up with the Monk family from New Zealand who are currently cycling from Kenitra to Ballater! Hammer throwing, caber tossing, wellie throwing, cycle stunt performers and that's just for starters!

Plus if your name is Gordon you'll get a special welcome... we find out more Gordon Castle's Highland Games! A knotty twisted trunk, covered with grey or reddish brown scaly bark?! Jill Donnachie from Woodland Trust Scotland will have more on the latest edition to our tree of the month!

And staff and pupils from Banchory Academy are about to set off on an exceptional expedition via mountain bike, canoe and on foot! Teacher Colin Nicoll and two pupils join Jane in the studio ahead of next week's departure! We get the lowdown one this weekend's Cairngorms Nature Festival and we find out just why so many adults can't swim.

Jane Lewis sits in20160513

Jane Lewis sits in20160513

Jane Lewis sits in for Fiona Stalker. We catch up with the Monk family from New Zealand who are currently cycling from Kenitra to Ballater! Hammer throwing, caber tossing, wellie throwing, cycle stunt performers and that's just for starters!

Plus if your name is Gordon you'll get a special welcome... we find out more Gordon Castle's Highland Games! A knotty twisted trunk, covered with grey or reddish brown scaly bark?! Jill Donnachie from Woodland Trust Scotland will have more on the latest edition to our tree of the month!

And staff and pupils from Banchory Academy are about to set off on an exceptional expedition via mountain bike, canoe and on foot! Teacher Colin Nicoll and two pupils join Jane in the studio ahead of next week's departure! We get the lowdown one this weekend's Cairngorms Nature Festival and we find out just why so many adults can't swim.

Jane Lewis sits in20160513