Scotland

    Sandaig, Glenelg, The Highlands; Gavin Maxwell, Ring of Bright Water

    ‘Nowhere in all the West Highlands and Islands have I seen any place of so intense or varied beauty in so small a compass’ The inspiration for this walk…The Ring of Bright Water (1960) This was very much my parents’ book, I had noticed it on the bookshelf at home, but it hadn’t really caught […]

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    Isle of Jura, Argyll and Bute: George Orwell

     ‘An extremely un-get-atable place’ ‘The walks are wonderful’  KEY DATA Terrain: boggy in places, potentially unforgiving weather Starting point: Road End (Jura bus from Craighouse); or water taxi to Kinuachdrachd. Sturdy bicycles are also an option for proceeding north from Road End Distance: 2 km (11.4 miles) return Walking time: 5 hr 28 mins (return) […]

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    Melrose, Borders, Abbotsford House: Sir Walter Scott

    ‘It is a kind of conundrum castle to be sure, which pleases a fantastic person in style and manner’ KEY DATA Terrain: good paths on the estate Starting point: Abbotsford Visitor Parking (TD6 9BQ) Distance: 2 km (1 ¼ miles) Walking time: ½ hour OS Map: OS Explorer 338 Facilities: Toilets, café (admission fee applies) […]

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    Aberfeldy, Scotland : Robert Burns

    ‘Come let us spend the lightsome days In the birks of Aberfeldy’ Terrain: Steep climbs, guide rails in places Starting point: Birks Car Park in Aberfeldy, PH15 2DX Distance:  2.9 km (1.8 miles) Walking time:  59 mins OS Map: Explorer OL379. The map can be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/10378803/Aberfeldy Facilities: Toilets at the start, facilities […]

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    Inspiring Places: Edinburgh

    ‘Piled deep and massy, close and high; mine own romantic town. Sir Walter Scott ‘This profusion of eccentricities, this dream in masonry and living rock’ Robert Louis Stevenson ‘Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream’ Hugh MacDiarmid ‘Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius’ Tobias Smollett ‘Edinburgh is alive with words’ Sara Sheridan ‘The place establishes an interest […]

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