A varied mix of scenery and terrain – and a healthy dose of history – await the walker on this loop linking the pretty Perthshire villages of Caputh and Spittalfield.
Running west from 18th century Newton Bridge, in the Sma’ Glen, near Amulree, to Ardtalnaig, above the shoreline of Loch Tay, the right of way through Glen Almond offers a long but pleasurable valley hike, part of the route now incorporated into the long-distance Rob Roy Way.
Dug out in the 12th Century, Perth’s Town Lade began its working life as an offshoot of the River Almond, the water drawn off and funnelled down through bleachworks at Huntingtower and Ruthvenfield, a dye works at Tulloch and then the mills of Perth before flowing into the River Tay.
Sitting on the edge of the escarpment, overlooking the Forth valley and the Hillfoots Villages of Clackmannanshire, The Nebit is one of the most popular and prominent viewpoints in the Ochil Hills.
This hike through the Sidlaw Hills, to the north of Dundee, was born of a sunny Spring afternoon stravaig which, as any seasoned walker or scholar of the Scots tongue will tell you, is simply an aimless wander.
Ben Vorlich is a mountain where east meets west, not in any specific geographical sense but in terms of the walkers you will likely meet along the way, if my experiences climbing this shapely peak were anything to go by.
Opened a handful of summers ago, the Sleeping Giant Path was, at the time, described as the missing link between the communities of Fife and Perth & Kinross separated by the recumbent form of Benarty Hill.
The hike from Clova up to Loch Brandy is strenuous but enduringly popular, thanks to the spectacular glacial scenery that awaits walkers, the high-level pool nestling in a perfectly sculpted mountain corrie.
One of the wonders of winter for walkers is the difference a good hard frost can make to an otherwise soft and squelchy path, frozen ground underfoot aiding progress and keeping boots dry.
The Maam Road is an ancient trail weaving through the hills above Comrie.