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.
Take A Hike
The Birks of Aberfeldy must surely rank as one of the most popular walks in Perthshire. The steep-sided, heavily wooded gorge and its tumbling waterfalls have been drawing visitors for over 200 years and, if my time there is anything to go by, their popularity shows no sign of waning.
The A93 ski road through Glen Shee offers access to an enticing array of mountains, including (thanks to the route’s elevation at The Cairnwell) some of the most accessible Munros in the country.
Amulree may feel a wee bit off the beaten track today but it was once a much busier spot, sitting on the intersection of two historic drove roads and later one of General George Wade’s military routes.
Auchtermuchty is one of the few burghs in Fife to retain its common grazing grounds, a swathe of grassland and meadow above the town where wildflowers and wildlife proliferate during the summer months.
Seamab Hill may not have the stature of some of its neighbours but it is one of the more prominent peaks in the Ochil Hills. Standing guard over the entrance to Glen Devon, this local landmark grabbed my attention on an earlier visit to the area.
Griffin Forest is a huge tract of commercial woodland cloaking upland slopes to the south of Aberfeldy. In more recent years, a vast wind farm has sprouted up above the conifers. However, tucked away amongst the trees and turbines hidden gems like Loch Kennard invite exploration.
Today rail travellers can catch a train from Leuchars to Dundee, in the north, or Edinburgh, in the south. Up until 1956, however, it was possible to ride the rails to Tayport on a line that pre-dated the current route from Leuchars to the Tay Bridge.
Delving into the history of mountain and hill landmarks can sometimes throw up more questions than answers. One curiosity that piqued my interest is the conspicuous cairn atop St Arnold’s Seat, a hill in the Braes of Angus.
Geal Charn is one of the more common hill names in Scotland. Translating from Gaelic as “white hill’, there are four Munros with this moniker plus numerous other lower peaks.