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.
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Heatherhall Wood, Ladybank, Fife.
After travelling south through Fife to admire the newly opened, ultra-modern Queensferry Crossing, I took a step back in time and headed upriver to a pair of villages that hark back to a much earlier era.
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.
Some men when they hit their midlife crisis buy a sports car or a motorbike. Me? Well, I’ve just acquired a wetsuit to go snorkelling in Scottish waters and get right up close to our amazing marine life.
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.