Ben Gulabin has long been something of a ski season standby, a hill to climb if conditions on the slopes of Glenshee above were too poor to warrant the purchase of a lift pass, or if the road over the unyielding Devil’s Elbow was snowbound.
Sunshine drew me to the coastline for a wee wander along the eastern fringes of Fife and through the wooded policies of Cambo Country House & Estate, a short drive south from St Andrews.
Balcarres Estate, Colinsburgh, Fife
Dalgety Bay may not offer the shimmering silver sands of its near neighbour Aberdour, but it does boast quite a diverse stretch of coastline complete with quiet sandy coves, high cliffs, wee harbours and an ancient kirk.
The folk of Coupar Angus proudly proclaim their town to be the ‘jewel of Strathmore’ and, setting off from the market cross in the heart of the community, I was keen to unearth some local treasures for myself.
Craigower, Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross.
Pitkeathly Wells, Bridge of Earn, Perth & Kinross
Tentsmuir Forest, Leuchars, Fife.
Sitting on the southern fringes of the Ochil Hills, overlooking Glen Devon, Lendrick Hill may be one of the lower peaks in the range, but it does present a stiff wee climb with some lovely views from the summit.
South of the Perthshire village of Dunning, the single-track country road to Path of Condie weaves up and over the Ochil Hills, a fertile landscape of rolling farmland and fields dotted with pockets of forestry.