The folk of Coupar Angus proudly proclaim their town to be the ‘jewel of Strathmore’ and, setting off from the market cross in the heart of the community, I was keen to unearth some local treasures for myself.
Heatherhall Wood, Ladybank, Fife.
The Falls of Bruar are one of Highland Perthshire’s scenic gems. Hidden away among towering trees, two rustic stone bridges span a deep, rocky ravine through which the Bruar Water tumbles with, it must be said, a certain gusto.
Contouring round the hillside above the Perthshire river that shares its name, the Tummel Aqueduct is an impressive feat of engineering, part of an extensive hydro-electric scheme that harnesses water drawn from a vast expanse of the often-rainy Scottish Highlands.
During the two world wars, the batteries of the Forth Coastal Defences were established to protect shipping on what was a strategically important yet potentially vulnerable estuary.
Rising from the north-east shoreline of Loch Tay, Drummond Hill is a sturdy little peak lost to forestry. Engulfed by evergreens, the regimented rows of conifers ensure views from its slopes are scant.
Sculpted into craggy slopes above Glen Clova, Loch Brandy is one of the best examples of a mountain corrie loch in Scotland. A relic of the Ice Age, the glacial bowl nestles below great bluffs of stone, a spectacular reward for an arduous ascent from the valley below.
A relic of the great Caledonian Forest that once covered much of Scotland, the Black Wood of Rannoch is home to some of the country’s longest established pines, trees that are thought to be hundreds of years old.
The grave of Scotland’s famous cattle reiver and retriever Rob Roy MacGregor lies in the shadow of Balquhidder Parish Church.
Scotland’s largest lowland loch, Loch Leven is a haven for birds and wildlife. It is also a magnet for walkers and cyclists, thanks in part to a 21km all-abilities trail that rings the water.