The hike from Clova up to Loch Brandy is strenuous but enduringly popular, thanks to the spectacular glacial scenery that awaits walkers, the high-level pool nestling in a perfectly sculpted mountain corrie.
During the two world wars, the batteries of the Forth Coastal Defences were established to protect shipping on what was a strategically important yet potentially vulnerable estuary.
Like plantations across the land, Blackcraig Forest has a network of tracks and paths, routes laid down by lumberjacks to plant and extract timber but ideal for exploration on foot.
Formonthills Community Woodland sits on the northern edge of Glenrothes.
The ancestors of the modern road network, turnpike roads were an early attempt by the government to make users pay for the upkeep of the nation’s highways.
On a bright sunny day, the glorious sands of Tentsmuir, in north-east Fife, are a popular spot but stray south from the Forestry Commission car park at Kinshaldy and you quickly leave the crowds behind.
Long distance trails are a great way to explore the landscape. Equally, they offer useful links between communities, links that can either be walked on their own or incorporated into other outings.
Recumbent Hill of Cat rises lazily from Glen Esk but the ascent, via the historic Firmounth Road, is anything but restful. It is a long and arduous hike, sweat and toil eventually rewarded with panoramas over Angus, to the south, and Deeside and the mountains of the Cairngorms, to the north.
Hill of Wirren occupies the high ground between Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk and is most commonly tackled from the former, either from the hamlet of Bridgend or from further up the single-track road that runs through the sparsely populated valley.
St Andrews is perhaps best known as the home of golf, but it is also a town with a turbulent history, one of religious persecution, murder and execution and the historic sites that bore witness to these troubled times offer a fascinating insight into the past.