Farmers, Academics and NGO's Deliver Consensus on Farming and Climate

A panel of farmers, academics and NGO representatives have published a consensus pathway for making Scottish farming climate compatible. In a debate that has been notoriously polarised, Farming for 1.5 Inquiry was able to set out a credible way forward by bringing different perspectives and aspirations around the same table. Read more

Roald Amundsen and the 1925 North Pole Expedition

RSGS Writer-in-Residence Jo Woolf investigates the life and explorations of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, accredited as the first to reach the South Pole, the first to voyage through the Northwest Passage by ship, and one of the first to cross the Arctic by plane. Amundsen received the RSGS Livingstone Medal in 1925 “in recognition of his recent unique aerial exploration of the north polar regions.” Read more

Professor Graeme Whittington

Professor Kevin J Edwards reflects on the life and work of Graeme Walter Whittington, Emeritus Professor of Geography in the University of St Andrews. Professor Whittington made research contributions of international standing to studies on the evolution of Scotland’s geographical and historical landscapes, drawing upon the methods of science and the humanities. Read more

The International Geographical Societies Gathering

In June 2021, we were delighted to host a conference of over 60 delegates from 28 different countries representing many of the world’s leading geographical societies to discuss their respective and collective responses to the climate emergency. Hosted in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society and the International Geographical Union. Read more

C18th Scottish Weather Diaries and an Icelandic Volcano

How 18th-century weather diaries shed light on the effects of an Icelandic volcanic eruption on Scotland, written by Alastair Dawson and Martin Kirkbride, University of Dundee. Read more

Reflections on a Pandemic

Nobody knew what virus would strike humanity, but medical experts knew something would appear sooner rather than later, most likely a flu or coronavirus. They just weren’t sure when. Read more

The Covid Pandemic: Could Do Better...?

"It has been more than a year since this coronavirus appeared on the scene. We have not coped well. We need to take stock and start to learn from those who have coped so much better," says RSGS Chief Executive Mike Robinson. Read more

The Gulf of Corryvreckan: A Modern Perspective of an Ancient Folklore

The Gulf of Corryvreckan exists on the western coast of Scotland, and despite its fame, remains a source of mystery. Christian Armstrong from SAMS investigates... Read more

Doug Scott: Seeking the High Places

A tribute to the Everest mountaineer and pioneer of alpine-style climbing, who died in December 2020, written by RSGS Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf. Read more

Hamish MacInnes: ‘the Fox of Glen Coe’

"MacInnes will be fondly remembered for his independent spirit, altruism, courage, modesty, and not least for his sense of humour. Thousands of people owe their lives to him, either directly via rescue missions, or through safety equipment and training. While he loved all mountains, his heart was in Scotland" Read more

Footprints: Three Explorers Who Favoured Active Travel (Part 3)

Following on from our recent magazine on Active Travel, our Writer-in-Residence has produced three blogs about explorers who favoured human-powered adventures. Third and finally, it's Isobel Wylie Hutchison... Read more

Time to Teach

"As with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to expose cracks in those areas of our society which have been de-prioritised or starved of funds during this past decade of austerity." Writes Chief Executive of RSGS, Mike Robinson Read more

Footprints: Three Explorers Who Favoured Active Travel (Part 2)

Following on from our recent magazine on Active Travel, our Writer-in-Residence has produced three blogs about explorers who favoured human-powered adventures. Second, it's Mary Kingsley... Read more

Footprints: Three Explorers Who Favoured Active Travel (Part 1)

Following on from our recent magazine on Active Travel, our Writer-in-Residence has produced three blogs about explorers who favoured human-powered adventures. First up, it's Frank Kingdon Ward... Read more

Departing the Island on 'The Edge of the World’

"Ninety years ago, on August 29, 1930, the last 36 residents of St Kilda were evacuated. Huddled on HMS Harebell they were conveyed from Village Bay on Hirta to mainland Scotland." Writes Collections Volunteer, Kenny Maclean FRSGS. Read more