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