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From footplate to foot steps

February 4 2017

The Dundee to Newtyle railway was one of Scotland’s earliest lines, a pioneering link that cut through the Sidlaw Hills. Built to transport goods into the city from the fertile lands of Strathmore, it opened in 1831.

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Doing the Law justice

January 28 2017

Fife is not overly blessed with hills. Away from the tapering eastern end of the Ochils and the Lomonds, where West Lomond stands proud as the highest point in the kingdom, summits are scant and scattered.

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All roads lead to Redmyre

January 21 2017

I always try and avoid spending too much time walking on roads, preferring the satisfying crunch of gravel or the soft yield of grassy slopes below my boots.

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Go west to spot a birdie or two

January 14 2017

Come rain or shine, the West Sands in St Andrews always draws visitors. In the height of summer, it is a popular spot with sun worshippers, holidaymakers, surfers, sand yachts and kite buggies. In the depths of winter, hardy walkers, runners and horse riders proliferate.

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A triumph over the trees

January 7 2017

On a previous attempt to conquer Kindrogan Hill, I found my way blocked by windblown trees. As I quickly discovered, there are very few things more frustrating than attempting to clamber over and through fallen conifers.

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The bard and the beauty of Breadalbane

December 31 2016

While Scotland’s beloved bard Robert Burns traditionally enjoys the last word at Hogmanay with renditions of Auld Lang Syne celebrating friendship and the good old days, many of his other works were inspired by his travels.

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A cross-border raid on Blair

December 24 2016

Straddling the border between Angus and Perthshire, Mount Blair is one of my favourite wee hills. Well-defined slopes of grass and heather sweep up to the summit of what, for me, is a perfect mountain in miniature.

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Reed all about this riverside route

December 17 2016

A walk along the north bank of the Tay Estuary at Errol offers a riverside stroll with a difference, for the river itself remains rather distant thanks to the shoreline’s vast tidal reed beds.

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No coal, but bronze Ore galore

December 3 2016

Fifty years ago, the landscape of Loch Ore in Fife was dramatically different to the scene that greets visitors today. There were seven coal mines in the area, including Mary Colliery. Opened in 1904 it was, for a time, the deepest pit in Scotland.

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Pick of the paths

November 26 2016

Hill of Alyth has long been a popular breathing space for local people, a plethora of paths weaving up to the summit.

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