• A new website has being launched which promises to offer the ultimate package for countryside lovers.

  • CRIME WRITER farmer James Oswald is to expand his Highland cattle herd after securing a new three book publishing deal with Penguin.

  • Langholm Show was the chosen venue for the Dumfries and Galloway region sheep young handler decider and it proved a tough competition to judge, with all the competitors showing stocksman skills far beyond their age.

  • Food lovers were offered a treat last weekend with the inaugural show of Eat Drink Discover Scotland, an event showcasing the diversity of food and drink on offer from Scottish producers.

  • MORE than 20 teams of four, plus their staunch support drivers and cheerers on, flocked to the Highlands last week to take part in the 63km RSABI Great Glen Challenge, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers solicitors, which ran from Invermoriston to Neptune's Staircase at Fort William.

  • Would you like to get married in 2014? Now is your chance to take part in the BAFTA award nominated BBC series, ‘Don’t tell the bride’

  • What is the collective noun for a bunch of grumpy agricultural journalists? Whatever it is, I am surrounded by it this week, as we come to terms with being beaten by one point by the National Farmers Union at the annual Kilbarchan Show cake competition.

  • The show down of the QMS cook off was billed as a Farming Media Head to Head, with The Scottish Farmer and Farmers Guardian taking part, and it proved to be great fun for both the ‘chefs’ and the audience.

  • The handcrafts marquee was as busy as ever this year, with visitors streaming in daily to look at the stunning level of expertise exhibited, all under this year’s theme, which was ‘nature’.

  • The Highland and Island are known for their fabulous seafish, but organisers of the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards (HIFDA) know that there are many fantastic producers in the north that should have their produce recognised across the industry.