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.
Bessie’s Cairn in Glen Isla is a stout little landmark tucked away in one of the remotest corners of Angus.
Exploring the great outdoors is an activity enjoyed – or, sometimes, endured – at the mercy of the elements, as anyone caught in a heavy downpour knows only too well.
The north-east Fife town of Ladybank is surrounded by pockets of woodland, peaceful places where tracks and trails popular with locals and dog walkers proliferate.
Like plantations across the land, Blackcraig Forest has a network of tracks and paths, routes laid down by lumberjacks to plant and extract timber but ideal for exploration on foot.
Lake of Menteith has the distinction of being just one of a handful of ‘lakes’ in Scotland, the term more commonly associated with bodies of water south of the border.
Still just one lottery jackpot win away from buying my own secluded Scottish estate, the opportunity to wander through the tranquil wooded policies of someone else’s is always time to treasure.
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 twin peaks of Creigh Hill, above Backwater Reservoir, in Glen Isla, were, in prehistoric times, home to two great burial cairns.
Regular readers of Take a Hike will be aware of my fascination with the histories of old paths, whether they be former drove roads through the glens, coffin roads linking scattered communities to their kirks or military routes built to quell uprisings in the Highlands.