BEINN an t-Sidhein dominates Strathyre; it is only 1,877ft high but its steep slopes make it a prominent feature of the landscape, and a wonderful viewpoint.
What’s the point of going for a walk? Perhaps there doesn’t need to be a point. Perhaps there shouldn’t be one.
To reach the summit of a specific hill it is sometimes easier to climb another on the way.
CULROSS is one of the prettiest little towns in Scotland and remains pretty much how it would have looked in the 17th and 18th centuries.
A SUMMER storm was lashing the road from Stirling to Aberfoyle.
At last a one-day break in the poor weather, at least for the Glencoe/Fort William area – and the forecast (a 90 per cent chance of cloud free summits and just a few short showers) was spot on.
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GOLF courses often used to be out of bounds for walkers. Nowadays, however, there is a different spirit in the air and, thanks in part to the (relatively) new land access legislation, the edges of the hallowed fairways can be passed by hikers.
Beinn Iutharn Mhor, another fairly remote hill, lies some 7 miles south of the Linn of Dee road (a distance eased by cycling up Glen Ey) and a similar distance north-west of Spittal of Glenshee (again eased by cycling/walking up the rougher Gleann Taitneach track).
AUCHTERARDER is much quieter than it was a year ago. Then, the “Lang Toun” – so-called because of its one-and-a-half-mile High Street – was gearing up for the Ryder Cup at nearby Gleneagles and all the razzmatazz that brought. It is now back to being a peaceful spot, perfect as the starting point for a stroll.
EARLIER this year, in need of distraction and a new hobby (preferably one that got me outdoors and got those endorphins pumping), I started cycling. I’d already caught the spinning bug and was the proud owner of a beloved vintage bike, but the most action that ever saw was the odd amble around the park, and while spin classes work up a good sweat, they’re not the same as the real thing.