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.
The upland country between Glen Almond and Strathbraan in Perthshire is dotted with fine wee hills. The best known of these is Birnam Hill, its popularity stemming from both Shakespearean connections and the presence of a long established and well-walked trail to the summit.
With the car up on the ramps after its annual run-in with the MoT inspector, I set off in search of a walk with good public transport links and arrived, by bus, in the Angus town of Carnoustie.
A century ago, Major Peter Norman Nissen, of the British Army’s 29th Company Royal Engineers, invented his eponymous hut and it has since become one of the world’s most recognisable military structures.
The lengthy coastline of Fife harbours some beautiful beaches. From Tentsmuir Sands, in the north, to Inverkeithing Bay, in the south, sandy strips, rocky coves and bays of shingle satisfy all moods, from the desires of castle builders to those intent on a bracing seaside stroll.
Funded by local people and their laird, the Killin Branch Railway opened in 1886, a vital link between the village and the Callander to Oban mainline some three miles away.
At first glance – whether on the ground or on the map – the summit of Innerdouny Hill appears cut off from the rest of the world by blanket forestry.
The last time I stepped out along the banks of the River Ericht, I hiked downstream from Blairgowrie, in search of the beaver colonies that have, in recent years, made this stretch of water home.
A grid of tracks tempted me into Muir of Thorn, a swathe of moorland that lies between the Perthshire villages of Murthly and Bankfoot. Heavily wooded, I had earlier touched upon the heath on the return leg of a hike through Murthly Estate.