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John Davidson


Content and Commercial Editor

John Davidson is a content editor covering our north Highland patch including the John O'Groat Journal, Caithness Courier and Northern Times titles. He is also responsible for commercial editorial content across the company, contributes to other titles including the Inverness Courier and also looks after the regular Active Outdoors features which he instigated in 2008. John has over 20 years' experience in the industry, and has worked across news, features and sport as well as having expertise in the production of print and digital products. He joined the company in 2007 as a sub-editor, later becoming production editor and then editorial services manager before taking up his current role.

John Davidson

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Heading upriver on Wick walk full of wildlife

14 April 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Heading upriver on Wick walk full of wildlife

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Heading upriver on Wick walk full of wildlife

14 April 2024

John Davidson enjoys a morning stroll up the riverside path from Wick, where he finds peaceful paths and a wildlife spotting platform


NHS patients in Highlands told: ‘It’s OK to Ask’

08 April 2024
NHS patients in Highlands told: ‘It’s OK to Ask’

NHS patients in Highlands told: ‘It’s OK to Ask’

08 April 2024

Patients are being encouraged to ask questions about their treatment as part of a campaign being promoted by NHS Scotland.


High demand for well finished hoggs at Quoybrae

08 April 2024
High demand for well finished hoggs at Quoybrae

High demand for well finished hoggs at Quoybrae

08 April 2024

Quoybrae, Aberdeen and Northern Marts on Monday, April 8, sold 942 prime, store and feeding sheep.


Take your time cycling the North Coast 500

06 April 2024
Take your time cycling the North Coast 500

Take your time cycling the North Coast 500

06 April 2024

John Davidson has cycled the roads in the north Highlands for many years, and here looks at a new cyclist’s guide to the popular NC500 tourist route


Walkers urged to help fix mountain paths in Cairngorms and Wester Ross

25 March 2024
Walkers urged to help fix mountain paths in Cairngorms and Wester Ross

Walkers urged to help fix mountain paths in Cairngorms and Wester Ross

25 March 2024

Volunteers are being sought to help maintain and improve mountain footpaths across a wide area of the Highlands.


ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Bagging the Munros is no mean feat – however long it takes

20 March 2024
ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Bagging the Munros is no mean feat – however long it takes

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Bagging the Munros is no mean feat – however long it takes

20 March 2024

As Anna Wells recovers from her three-month winter round of the 282 Scottish mountains above 3000ft, John Davidson says lists can be an inspiration


Highland bothies set to close for improvement works this spring

09 March 2024
Highland bothies set to close for improvement works this spring

Highland bothies set to close for improvement works this spring

09 March 2024

A number of bothies along the Cape Wrath Trail and in the Cairngorms are due to be closed during the spring.


Restored Flow Country bogs contribute to 10,000ha of 're-wetted' peatlands

04 March 2024
Restored Flow Country bogs contribute to 10,000ha of 're-wetted' peatlands

Restored Flow Country bogs contribute to 10,000ha of 're-wetted' peatlands

04 March 2024

Work to restore thousands of hectares of damaged peatland on publicly owned forestry land including in the Flow Country has reached a milestone.


£100k skills boost for Caithness and north Sutherland businesses

01 March 2024
£100k skills boost for Caithness and north Sutherland businesses

£100k skills boost for Caithness and north Sutherland businesses

01 March 2024

A £100,000 investment has been made to help tackle skills shortages and boost investment across the far north.


Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

24 February 2024
Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

Population decline at heart of staffing issues in Caithness and Sutherland

24 February 2024

Business Focus by David Richardson


Check you're on cheapest deal, advice service urges, after energy cap reduction announcement

23 February 2024
Check you're on cheapest deal, advice service urges, after energy cap reduction announcement

Check you're on cheapest deal, advice service urges, after energy cap reduction announcement

23 February 2024

Householders are being urged to check their gas and electricity bills after Ofgem lowered the energy price cap.


Biggest NATO exercise in decades comes to north coast of Scotland

21 February 2024
Biggest NATO exercise in decades comes to north coast of Scotland

Biggest NATO exercise in decades comes to north coast of Scotland

21 February 2024

The firing range at Cape Wrath will be the focal point for part of the largest NATO exercise in decades next week as allied nations join forces.


Find out which north charities will benefit from Highland Cross cash in 2024

19 February 2024
Find out which north charities will benefit from Highland Cross cash in 2024

Find out which north charities will benefit from Highland Cross cash in 2024

19 February 2024

Four Highland charities are set to receive new vehicles to help their community efforts thanks to a unique event that is marking its 40th anniversary.


OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

14 February 2024
OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

OUT AND ABOUT WITH RALPH: When the Moin road was little more than a track

14 February 2024

Cycling the quiet lanes, Ralph explores into the woods and hills off the north coast road – with battery back-up and a flask of tea


Foxes, not badgers, to blame for most lamb deaths on Scottish farms and crofts

14 February 2024
Foxes, not badgers, to blame for most lamb deaths on Scottish farms and crofts

Foxes, not badgers, to blame for most lamb deaths on Scottish farms and crofts

14 February 2024

Foxes are being blamed for killing lambs on Scottish farms and crofts where there was suspicion over badgers being responsible.


Love is in the fresh air – embracing the outdoors is most attractive quality

14 February 2024
Love is in the fresh air – embracing the outdoors is most attractive quality

Love is in the fresh air – embracing the outdoors is most attractive quality

14 February 2024

A love of the outdoors is one of the most attractive qualities in a potential partner for people in the Highlands and Islands, according to research.


Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

11 February 2024
Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

Protected goose dumped beside River Thurso was shot and decapitated

11 February 2024

A decapitated goose was shot and dumped on the banks of the River Thurso in a plastic bag, police have said.


Rail group hopes for action to improve Far North Line after meeting with new transport secretary

10 February 2024
Rail group hopes for action to improve Far North Line after meeting with new transport secretary

Rail group hopes for action to improve Far North Line after meeting with new transport secretary

10 February 2024

Rail campaigners are hoping that improvements to the Far North Line can start before the end of the year after a "friendly and constructive meeting".


Plea to inspire young people as part of Hostelling Scotland team

08 February 2024
Plea to inspire young people as part of Hostelling Scotland team

Plea to inspire young people as part of Hostelling Scotland team

08 February 2024

Scotland's leading youth hostel organisation is looking for new board members who can inspire young people to experience the country at its best.


STONE'S SCOOP: Anas Sarwar shares his 'secret space' at Holyrood

04 February 2024
STONE'S SCOOP: Anas Sarwar shares his 'secret space' at Holyrood

STONE'S SCOOP: Anas Sarwar shares his 'secret space' at Holyrood

04 February 2024

Far north MP Jamie Stone speaks to the Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar about Holyrood and Westminster, his inspirations and how he blows off steam


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