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A foray above famous falls

September 9 2017

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.

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Power walk this short circuit

August 19 2017

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.

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Military manoeuvres are on point

August 12 2017

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.

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A clearing in the woods

August 5 2017

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.

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Upland lochan is the perfect tipple

July 29 2017

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.

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Trees with tales to tell

July 22 2017

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.

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Sloping off with the bishop

July 8 2017

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.

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A stunning outlook oft overlooked

July 1 2017

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.

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Exploring great coastal links

June 24 2017

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.