Penicuik House Estate

Another good walk with the Strollers in an area I would not consider visiting myself, simply because I did not know about it.

Great views of the Pentland hills, brushed with snow as we had some snowfall recently, interesting history and architecture. There are a number of monuments/follies spread around the estate, a ruin of a house that burned down and the current house of the owners which used to be stables. It made for a fine 5 miles in brisk weather.

Hope you like the pictures that I took that day

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Corrie Fee in the Cairngorms

As a geography degree holder, a trip to the Corrie Fee reserve was a must and it took me 3 attempts to find it (usually the problem was that some paths were closed due to tree felling).

The walk takes you along a 2-3 mile wide forestry track to the ‘amphitheatre of glacial landscape’ as it is called in visitscotland website.

Least to say, it did not disappoint. Erratics, moraine, cliffs, meandering river, deeply cut post-glacial valley – must make a good field trip for a geography lesson.

 

Best autumn walks

I am not a great fan of autumn, but it does offer splendid walking and photographic opportunities if the weather is decent.

I thought I would compile a couple of ideas for autumn walking. These are my favourite places for an autumn walk where you can be with nature and experience the great autumn colours to snap a couple of shots.

  1. Hermitage of Braid in Edinburgh

Nice and easy to get to if you live in Edinburgh. Great place for a short walk and a coffee afterwards in the café near the entrance. It is not that long, about 4 miles but can be extended by walking onto Blackford hill for great views of Edinburgh.

2. Cammo Estate

One of my all time favourites because it is different in every season and so varied. Walking from Cramond Brig you can see some ponies, great nature, nice old bridges, ruins of a homestead, and of course the estate itself. Plus it is really easy to get to. I have been here many times and it is never boring.

Distance – around 4 miles.

See: Cammo Estate in Edinburgh

3. Water of Leith – Colinton Dell

One of the most popular walks in Edinburgh which takes you through a varied terrain. My favourite part needs to be around Colinton and Spylaw Park.

Distance – around 4 miles.

4. Gifford – Yester castle

I love, love, love this walk! Firstly, Gifford is a lovely little village of the beaten track. It has lovely architecture and cafes. Secondly, the walk to Yester Castle and seeing Hobgoblin Ha’ is an interesting experience in itself. Walk can be expanded to even 8 miles by walking to Garvald which is nice as well.

Distance – between 4 and 8 miles.

5. Hermitage in Dunkeld

I must admit – I have not been there in a long time, but this place is a must in autumn. I have seen photos from other photographers and they were always amazing. Plenty of paths in Tay Forest park, lovely cathedral and river Tay, plus hermitage itself will make a nice day out.

Distance – 2 miles plus

6. Pitlochry to Killiecrankie along the river Garry.

Again, another one I gave a miss for a long time but it is a really really good walk. Plus you get great views from Garry Bridge, Soldier’s leap and afterwards you have Pitlochry to enjoy which is oh so nice!

Distance: about 6 miles.

7. Almondell Country Park

This one is so close to me as I can walk there from my house. The walk from visitor centre to Linn’s Mill is particularly nice and not that popular. And the views are quite scenic and varied.

Distance: about 5 miles.

I have created a map that shows some points of interest:

autumn walks

Hope you like them and will enjoy the walks!

 

 

 

 

The views from North Berwick Law

North Berwick is a little town in East Lothian which is a popular weekend destination for all kinds of people – some are walkers, some just like to enjoy the famous chippy, some like to have a stroll around the shops (which are nice) or spend some time in one of many cafes or play golf.

All in all, it satisfies needs of many and mine, too. With Edinburgh strollers we enjoyed a Saturday walk along the beach, then through the town and the park and up North Berwick Law, which is part of an extinct volcano.

Wild ponies were a bit of a surprise, as they are usually seen on nearby Traprain Law, and the views never disappoint. You can see as far as Edinburgh and admire Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock and the rural landscape.

 

My Edinburgh

Very early morning on a Saturday… The thing I was dreaming about was staying in bed and yet I decided, joined with two recently met photo hobbyists, to take a walk through Edinburgh almost empty streets.

It is not the real Edinburgh, as you should smell the afterparty and see the rubbish that is left, or the seagulls ripping apart bags of waste… Or homeless people sleeping in cemeteries or at the doorstep of St. Giles cathedral.

But it is the place I came to love, that I keep discovering each and every time I wander around.

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.