Cademuir Hill in the Scottish Borders

Yesterday, despite not too good weather forecast and a bit of fear I decided to join one of the friendly groups on a walk near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. I am, after all, quite heavy, and this was to be 8 miles on a hill (not the highest in Scotland, but still). Luckily, the pace was slow enough for me and the weather turned out to be magnificent. So magnificent that we could see a full rainbow and there was also double rainbow after a short rainy spell.

8 miles was quite challenging at the beginning but definitely worth it. The views… Scottish Borders are just magnificent. And the Tweed valley in particular. We walked past Neidpath Castle whose setting is just stunning.

One of the best walks so far.

Highlands road trip

My best friend visited me for a couple of days and I took her up north to Fort William and Oban. Great road trip showcasing some of the most beautiful scenery of Scotland including Macbeth, Trainspotting, Harry Potter and other filming locations. The weather was typically Scottish but it cleared towards the end of the day allowing for a short walk in Oban with the best fish and chips ever for our tea.

St. Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders

I got inspired by beautiful photos of a like-minded photographer that showcased the trees and mystical atmosphere of this loch and decided to explore it. Initially I wanted to walk around it as apparently there is a circular path, but I couldn’t find it (I did later on). Not too sure how long this whole adventure would take, we just walked about 4 miles on part of the Southern Upland Way admiring the loch, enjoying peace (hardly anybody there) and the hills of the Scottish Borders.

A touch of frost

Today’s morning was fantastic. Initially I wanted to photograph the atmospheric mist and chose to travel to Balerno. However, it was glorious sunshine when I arrived at Red Moss car park. Still I managed to capture the wonderful play of frost and light. And did part of the Nine Mile Burn walk, which is definitely something I will explore further in the future.

Cammo Estate in Edinburgh

Cammo Estate is a place that enchants in all seasons. Located in the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh, it is an abandoned estate that was partly destroyed in fire, partly demolished.

Every time you visit it, you discover something new. I am particularly fond of the Cammo Tower, which used to be a water tower powered by wind. However, you want to think that it was a mysterious hideout or a folly tower…

Recent autumn walk with the Strollers did not disappoint. The route led from the old Cramond Brig by the river Almond through the estate and back. Magical…

cammo

Almondell

Although Livingston is not the most beautiful place in the world, it has some hidden gems and beauty spots. One of those is Almondell Country park, offering a variety of activities, walking, barbecuing, picnicking, horse riding etc. Good for a short outing and a good couple of hours walk. Beautiful wooded area with Almond river through. I took my walking pals here a couple of times. It was beautiful in spring, great in late summer. Hope I will catch it with the foliage changing colours.

The walk was almost 6 miles long, took us just under 3 hours.

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.