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.
Take A Hike
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.