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Plain Saline to summit

October 28 2016

An off-shoot of the Cleish Hills, Saline Hill lies to the south of the main ridge of heavily forested, craggy wee peaks. Paired with neighbouring Knock Hill, its grassy slopes are largely free of tree-cover, offering an exposed ascent with superb views from the summit.

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Folly in the forest

October 15 2016

The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, is a good barometer of the changing seasons. Golden leaves on oak, beech and horse chestnut confirmed the arrival of autumn as I hiked by the River Braan to Ossian’s Hall, an 18th century look-out perched above the tumbling white water of Black Linn falls.

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Hidden loch is prize catch

October 8 2016

After a summer spent tramping the hills I decided to treat myself to new boots and, to break them in, settled on a walk to Auchintaple Loch, a secluded stretch of water hidden away in the folds of Glen Isla.

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Trees, please, in The Trossachs

September 24 2016

I cannot remember the last time I visited The Trossachs when it was not raining. No surprise then that this is an area where lochs and reservoirs, streams and rivers dominate the landscape.

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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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