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‘Lochan’ good from the top

September 3 2016

A mini heatwave on the horizon, I could not think of a better place to stretch my legs – and possibly indulge in a spot of wild swimming – than in the countryside north of Dunkeld, a landscape of low hills, heather moor and woodland speckled with lovely little lochans.

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A top trail through the trees

August 27 2016

Logierait Hill occupies a prominent position above the meeting point of the rivers Tay and Tummel. The A9 and the railway north to Inverness skirt below its slopes.

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A stiff climb back in time

August 13 2016

Abernethy’s famous Round Tower is a striking landmark, believed to date from 1100. But, standing in its historic shadow, I planned to step much further back in time, to explore remnants of earlier settlement.

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A route by Royal appointment

August 6 2016

Queen Victoria was a regular visitor to the Grampian mountains. During holidays at Balmoral in the second half of the 19th century, she frequently traversed the upland routes linking Deeside and Angus.

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King of the castle

July 30 2016

These days we are all about preserving the past. Back in the 19th century, however, they took a rather more pragmatic view on abandoned rural castles and mansions. If slate and stone could be better used elsewhere, it was duly removed and recycled.

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Hard fort high ground

July 16 2016

Craigluscar Hill may be a low peak but it boasts commanding views over the surrounding countryside, something that has been apparent to those who have wandered on to this escarpment since the Iron Age, when a hill fort was constructed here.

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Life on the edge

July 9 2016

Stocked with trout, Ledcrieff Loch is popular with anglers. Walkers, however, will find themselves drawn to this peaceful corner of the Angus countryside by Lundie Craigs, a dramatic escarpment of volcanic rock that overshadows the tree-lined pool.

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Two distilleries and a brewery to boot

July 2 2016

Pulling into Pitlochry in the pouring rain, my prospects seemed as gloomy as the sky above me. However, legs itching to go, I parked below Black Spout Waterfall and soon discovered just how important a steady flow of rain is.

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On the t-rail of a Scottish icon

June 25 2016

The Forth Rail Bridge is an iconic Scottish landmark, a colossus of Victorian civil engineering, impressive from all angles. I have travelled across the structure, viewing it from the carriage window, and observed it from the neighbouring road bridge.

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