Bangour Village Hospital

This was a walk that I led, visiting a site in the nearby Dechmont.

The whole site is impressive, with massive beautiful buildings that are no longer used and fall into disrepair. From the information board it seems that they are planning to redevelop some of the buildings to convert them into flats and there will be also conservation area, which would be great.

At the moment, it is popular with dog walkers and thrill seekers.

The walk took us about 3 hours, was enjoyed by all of us and was really atmospheric with heavy clouds hanging above us.

Interesting info on the hospital at Undiscovered Scotland website

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/livingston/bangour/

Dalmeny to Craigie walk

Lisa from the Strollers group took us on a walk from Dalmeny to Craigie Farm and back. Dalmeny is a small village not far away from South Queensferry. One of its attractions is the church dating from 12th century. Most people would visit the Dalmeny estate, a beautiful mansion located on the Firth of the Forth.

This time, however, we went through the woods, passing an abandoned farm, up the Craigie Hill to the farm. The farm features a big deli shop and also allows you to come and pick your own fruit. I had a taste of their cherries and they were magnificent. For this reason, it was mobbed with kids and their parents. You also have a chance to see some farm animals and take a short ride on a helicopter. The cafe is also magnificent.

Because I love the Forth bridges, I took a short detour to South Queensferry for a short walk down the beach to take photos of them.

The whole walk was about 5 miles and it was a nice afternoon despite the heavy clouds.