Loved by Locals

Your unique guide to tips from the locals!

EmbraceScotland’s Loved by Locals offers you a collection of tips, ideas and suggestions to make your holiday in Scotland really special.  Whether your self-catering accommodation is a cottage in the Highlands, a lodge by the sea, or a swish apartment in the city, Loved by Locals can help you find hidden gems, unusual things to do, and unexpected delights.

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  • Quaint Tearoom

    Quaint Tearoom

    22.9 miles (From Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges)

    Quaint tearoom featured in the film '39 steps'. Menu is varied combining Scottish & Hungarian cuisine. Also open for evening meals but booking would be advisable.

    Directions

    Situated on the A821 between Aberfoyle and Callander. It is a lovely drive through the Trossachs over Duke's pass. Located at the start of Glen Finglass which is a gorgeous location for a long hike or mountain bike expedition.

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  • The Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas

    The Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas

    12 miles (From Mansefield House)

    "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood". Take your little ones on an imagination inspiring adventure through the stunning Ardkinglas woodland gardens, discovering the mouse, fox, owl and Grufflalo from Julia Donaldson's much-loved stories. Perfect for any age.

    Directions

    Follow the signs from the A83 at Cairndow, Loch Fyne, to Ardkinglas Woodland Garden.
    From the car park, the path leads along the hill 400m to the start of Gruffalo Trail.
    Pick up a Trail Map from the gatehouse which will help guide you along the route.

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  • Play on the oldest short-hole golf course in the world for free

    Play on the oldest short-hole golf course in the world for free

    0.2miles (From Marchmont Self Catering - Roseneath)

    Believed to be the oldest short-hole course in the world, the Bruntsfield Links course was created in 1895. You play for free, just bring your own clubs and balls, or you can hire them at the Golf Tavern on the edge of the links. Enjoy lovely views over the meadows towards the city centre.

    Directions

    Bruntsfield links is just south of Edinburgh city centre, near the meadows and Tollcross. On-street parking is available on side streets (pay 8:30am-5:30pm) or take one of the many buses stopping nearby (bus #24, 11,15,16, plus others. See http://lothianbuses.com for bus routes and maps.)

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  • Rumbling Bridge Cottage

    Rumbling Bridge Cottage

    2.5 miles from Dunkeld (From North and South Mill at Meikle Trochry)

    Rumbling Bridge Cottage is where Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais retreated for 20 summers to paint landscapes, but also to escape the scandal of eloping with his wife, Perth born Effie, who was married to John Ruskin.

    Directions

    Take A9 12 miles north of Perth, turn onto A822 signposted Crieff and Crianlarich, and after 2.5 miles take turning to Rumbling Bridge. The cottage is still there on the corner, and looking over Rumbling Bridge itself is the view painted by Millais, entitled 'The Sound of Many Waters'.

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  • Portrack House

    Portrack House

    5 miles north of Dumfries on the A76. 45 minutes from High Kirkland. (From High Kirkland Holiday Cottages)

    The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is situated at Portrack House. These stunning gardens have been designed by Charles Jencks, with geometrical designs, lakes, bridges and woodland walks.

    It only opens for one day a year, the first Sunday in May.
    This year it is Sunday 3rd May between 12pm and 5pm.

    Directions

    Holywood one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries

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  • Wilsontown Ironworks Heritage Site

    Wilsontown Ironworks Heritage Site

    On the doorstep of The Church at the Old Manse. (From The Church at the Old Manse)

    Walk through the signposted story of Wilsontown Ironworks (Est 1779) and learn about enterprise, innovation, disputes and sheer hard work. Now a pleasant country and forest walk.

    Directions

    By Car Join the A706 from Junction 4 of the M8. Proceed south along the A706 towards Lanark. Take the B7016 north of Forth and follow signs for Wilsontown.

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  • Beinn Donn, the hill behind Kinlochlaich, Appin

    Beinn Donn, the hill behind Kinlochlaich, Appin

    2-3 hours, there and back (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    You can walk from Kinlochlaich! Head up under the kids treehouse, up the fence line, through an old gate and then up! It is one of these hills that has several false summits. It's steep and steady with no path & pausing to rest you get fabulous views down Loch Linnhe. Fab views of Castle Stalker.

    Directions

    Head up under the kids treehouse at Kinlochlaich, up the fence line, through an old gate, and then up!

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  • Amulree musical travelogue

    Amulree musical travelogue

    6 miles (From North and South Mill at Meikle Trochry)

    Secrets of Amulree, Strathbraan and area. Listen to musicand secret tales on podcast download from www.secretstrath.co.uk. Kitty MacDonald, the washerwoman that Beatrix Potter modelled Mrs Tiggywinkle upon, spent her childhood here, Bonnie Prince Charlie camped, John Everett Millais painted here.

    Directions

    From A9 at Dunkeld, take A822 signposted Crieff and Crianlarich. From A9 to top of Glen Quaich

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  • Mrs Tiggy Winkle walked here

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle walked here

    3 miles from Dunkeld (From North and South Mill at Meikle Trochry)

    The inspiration for Beatrix Potter's hedgehog character, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, was Kitty Macdonald. Kitty spent her childhood at Ballinloan, 3 miles from Dunkeld, living with her uncle, helping him herding his cattle for 8 years. 'A frugal life - potatoes, but no money'. Listen on www.secretstrath.co.uk

    Directions

    Take the A9, 12 miles north of Perth; turn left onto the A822 signposted Crieff and Crianlarich. After 2.5 miles turn left and park at Rumbling Bridge car park. Walk all the way up the road, over the Braan, past Lagganallachie Church and onto Ballinloan, following in Mrs Tiggy Winkle's footsteps.

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  • Clashnessie beach

    Clashnessie beach

    7-8 miles (From Waterloo House)

    Clashnessie beach is a beautiful untouched beach, a must visit when staying in and around Lochinver and Assynt!

    Directions

    This lovely beach is located on the Drumbeg Road (B869) between Clachtoll and Drumbeg (about 6 miles north of Lochinver).

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  • Criffel walk and Steamboat Inn

    Criffel walk and Steamboat Inn

    25 miles from Orroland Cottages (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    Criffel is one of the highest hills in Dumfries and Galloway. The climb is steady with the last section being the most challenging but the views from the top are well worth the effort. Enjoy a pub lunch at the Steamboat Inn after your walk - the pub is right on the Solway Firth with amazing views.

    Directions

    Start from the car park at Arwall Farm just off the A710 coastal road. The path is clearly signposted to the summit. Turn right on the A710 and drive around a mile to Kirbean. Turn left to Carsethorn, the Steamboat Inn is at the end of the village.

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  • Love Chocolate, Love the Cocoabean.

    Love Chocolate, Love the Cocoabean.

    3 miles from Kirkcudbright (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    The Cocoabean Company Chocolate Factory is a great family day out. Indoor soft play; outdoor play with a fantastic wooden fort & pirate ship; and make your own chocolate workshops. Enjoy the cafe and large range of luxury chocolates and confectionery.
    You can easily spend a whole afternoon here.

    Directions

    The Chocolate factory is on the outskirts of Twynholm and is signposted from both directions on the A75, as well as from Kirkcudbright.

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  • Strathyre Outdoors

    Strathyre Outdoors

    7 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    Strathyre Outdoors offers bike hire (conveniently based near cycle route 7) plus treks and trails, bushcraft skills, historic tours and canoe safari's. For details see http://strathyreoutdoors.org/

    Directions

    From Lochearnhead junction A85 turn left on to the A84 and drive for 7 miles. Bike Hire is based at the Strathyre village hall. Contact the owner regarding all other activity meeting points Tel: 01877 384 660.

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  • Seabird Centre & Bass Rock

    Seabird Centre & Bass Rock

    2.4 miles (From Hopetoun Howff)

    Bass Rock - biggest Northern gannet colony in the world, home to over 150,000 gannets at the season's peak. Also home to shags, guillemots and razorbills, with seals hauling up on the rocks below. The Bass was also once used as a state prison, the conditions being particularly gruesome.

    Directions

    The Bass Rock is best seen from North Berwick. Boat trips can be made from there to The Bass and several other lovely islands. The seabird centre (www.seabird.org) allows you to view the birds on the Bass and even control the cameras.

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  • Wee Course, Blairgowrie

    Wee Course, Blairgowrie

    1 mile from Blairgowrie town centre (From Invermay)

    The "Wee Course" is the most beautiful 9 hole course one could ever imagine playing at Rosemount, Blairgowrie. There is a loch at the side of the 5th hole and then it winds back to the beginning. The Ardblair Trail is across the road from the "Wee Course".

    Directions

    From Blairgowrie town centre, head south along Perth Road and take a left onto Golf Course Road.

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  • Screel Hill Walk

    Screel Hill Walk

    6 miles from Castle Douglas (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    The attraction of this walk is the magnificent views over the Solway Coast, surrounding Galloway countryside and over to the bustling market town of Castle Douglas. It covers rough hill paths, open country and forests . Auchencairn view walk is 1.5 miles or Screel Hill walk is 3.5 miles.

    Directions

    It's easy to find, the car park is signposted off the A711 east off Kirkcudbright or south off Palnackie. There is a map in the car park showing all routes.

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  • Glen Stockdale, with views down Loch Linnhe

    Glen Stockdale, with views down Loch Linnhe

    18miles (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    A walk up Glen Stockdale, Appin, is beautiful. Follow a landrover track from Kinlochlaich. A few minutes up and you get this view looking down Loch Linnhe and a glimpse of Castle Stalker; keep going and 1/2hr later you reach a bridge and the peaceful glen opens out. You can often spot Sea Eagles.

    Directions

    Drive to Appin, turn in at the Police station. You can park at Kinlochlaich. Walk up to the farm and follow the rough track up the hill. The track ends after 2 miles in the Glen. You can actually walk all the way though to Bealach.

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  • The Silver Walk from Castle Tioram

    The Silver Walk from Castle Tioram

    3 miles from Acharacle (From Mingarry Lodges)

    The real secret of Castle Tioram is that it is the start of several stunning walks including the Silver Walk heading along the coast towards Ardmolich. Another lovely circular walk passes by the deserted village of Briaig, two hill lochans and back by The River Shiel. Look out for otters and eagles.

    Directions

    Take the minor road signed towards Dorlin off the A861 between Acharacle and Mingarry. Park in the carpark at Dorlin and head right towards Castle Tioram passing Dorlin Cottage and along the coast. The start of the Silver walk is well signed. See moidart.com or walkhighlands.co.uk for walk details.

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  • "Loch of the Island" hidden deep in an ancient pine forest

    "Loch of the Island" hidden deep in an ancient pine forest

    21 km from the cottage (From Cairngorm Country Cottage)

    Loch an Eilein (The Loch of the Island)
    A scenic walk around the loch, which is set in a beautiful ancient pine forest takes about an hour at a steady strolling pace. If you go clockwise you will see the 13th century castle towards the end of the walk. Amazing views of the mountains.

    Directions

    Drive to Rothiemurchus Old School House and they will give you a map and easy directions from there. You can drive to within around 100 m of the loch.

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  • Port Alltanabradhan (sea shore cove)

    Port Alltanabradhan (sea shore cove)

    4 miles from Lochinver (From Cathair Dhubh Estate )

    Port Alltanabradhan is a wonderful, peaceful cove with white sand and rock pools. A burn tumbles down to meet the sea after passing by and through a ruined corn mill, whilst behind nearby rocks a sea cave produces spumes of spray from a blow hole.

    Directions

    Proceed north from Lochinver along the A837 for half a mile then turn left following signs to Drumbeg along the B869 for three and a half miles. Park in the lay by at the entrance to Cathair Dhubh Estate and follow the signposted track and path to Alltanabradhan.

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  • Mountain bike and walking paths

    Mountain bike and walking paths

    0 to 5 miles (From Varis, Balmacara)

    There is a substantial network of paths in the Lochalsh penisula suitable for walkers and mountain bikes. The paths are accessible directly from Varis.

    Directions

    Accessible from Varis, Reraig, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton. See map illustration attached.

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  • BLiSS Trail

    BLiSS Trail

    (From Briar Cottages)

    BLiSS Trail is an art installation and ornamental feature trail that links Lochearnhead with neighbouring villages. BLiSS stands for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans and the i is for tourist information. The trail is mapped at www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail for #IAD2016.

    Directions

    From Briar Cottages turn left to see installations in St Fillans. There are 2 in Briar Cottages garden. Follow the BLiSS trail right on the A85 Lochearnhead turning left onto the A84. Take the slip road to Balquhidder signposted "Rob Roy's Gravestone". Turn back and left on A84 to Strathyre art work

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  • Fresh Oysters for Sale

    Fresh Oysters for Sale

    In Ullapool (From Leckmelm Estate)

    Ockran Oysters is an artisan food business that produces fresh pacific and native oysters for sale in Ullapool. Retailing at West Coast deli in Ullapool direct orders can also be made at Leckmelm, contact via their website.

    Directions

    Ockran HQ based at Leckmelm

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  • Nevis Gorge and An Steall

    Nevis Gorge and An Steall

    5 miles from Fort William (From Mingarry Lodges)

    The walk along The Nevis Gorge to the An Steall falls has been described as one of the best short walks in Scotland. The walk starts at the upper falls car park at the top of Glen Nevis. The car park can get busy, so best to arrive early or out of the main holiday season. A truly amazing walk.

    Directions

    From Fort William, follow the minor road from Nevis Bridge (the roundabout at the Ben Nevis Highland Centre) to the small upper falls car park at the end of the road. Full details of the walk to the falls can be found at www.wildlochaber.com and www.walkhighands.com.

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  • Speyside Whisky Trail

    Speyside Whisky Trail

    1 Mile from Weiroch (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    Visit the distilleries dotted along Speyside and see how history shaped the whisky industry. The trail includes, Glen Moray, Speyside Cooperage, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Glen Grant, Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Benromach, and Cardhu. Many of which are open all year round.

    Directions

    Travel between Forres, Elgin, Rothes, Keith, Knockando, Dufftown and Glenlivet to explore the world's only malt whisky trail. From Forres follow the A96 to Elgin, and take the A941 towards Rothes and Dufftown, or take the B9012. See www.maltwhiskytrail.com for more details.

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  • Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout

    Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout

    6 miles from Cloag Farm (From Cloag Farm Cottages)

    Buchanty Spout on the River Almond has a spectacular waterfall and rapids, where the river cascades over a narrow gorge. It is a great place to view salmon as they make their way upriver in September, leaping up the waterfall.

    Directions

    You can find the waterfall about 8 miles north of Crieff, off the B8063. From the small car park follow a short path down to some flat rocks - a great viewing platform.

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  • Cuil Bay - otter sighted!

    Cuil Bay - otter sighted!

    5miles (From Kinlochlaich Tree House, Appin)

    Cuil Bay - pebble beach with scenic walks out to the point, with spectacular views down Loch Linnhe towards Mull, and north towards Fort William. Otter was sighted in the second bay over on the way to the point - he seemed very at home and familiar here.

    Directions

    Turn off in Duror down lane to Cuil Bay, past the village school, and about 0.5 miles parking along the verge edge, or large carpark.

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  • Off road MTB cycle trails

    Off road MTB cycle trails

    From Hawick - 25 miles, from Yethouse - on your doorstep (From Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage)

    Discover 7Stanes MTB trails at Newcastleton plus the Xross border trails to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Approx 17 miles off road trails between Newcastleton and Kielder, further 28 miles of waterside trails at Kielder, as well as trails like the infamous Lonesome Pine trail with spectacular views.

    Directions

    Travel south from Hawick, B6399. Newcastleton either park in Douglas Square or carry on to Dykcrofts 7stanes carpark signed over the Holm Bridge. Toilets & bike facilities available plus a shower in the village - bring a towel! Have tea in one of the cafes before you leave - delicious!

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  • Glenisla Hotel

    Glenisla Hotel

    8 miles (From Ardormie Farm Cottage, Alyth)

    The Glenisla Hotel is a great place for a delicious meal or some local ales. A roaring log fire adds atmosphere and the food is really tasty. I took my son out for a meal recently and he declared that his burger was the best he had ever eaten!

    Directions

    The Glenisla Hotel is about 8 miles from Ardormie Farm Cottage, a wonderful drive over the moor and up into Glenisla.

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  • The Fairy Bridge

    The Fairy Bridge

    (From Appin Holiday Homes, Appin)

    The Fairy Bridge is an enchanting small stone bridge above a waterfall. Along the edges of the bridge stand a series of upthrust stones, it's like something from Lord of the Rings and is in a magical setting in lush woodland.

    Directions

    At the roundabout just east of Creagan, take the turning signposted to Invercreran. After about 2 miles (3km), bear left onto a single track road and continue up the glen for about another 2½ miles (4km). Elleric car park is at the end of the public road at grid reference NN 036 488.

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  • Boleskine House

    Boleskine House

    18 miles from Inverness (From Sealladh an Loch)

    The infamous Boleskine House is right next door. It was owned from 1899 by Aleister Crowley (The Beast) who practiced in the occult. The house is said to be haunted, with a tunnel linking it to the graveyard. In the early 1970s, it was owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

    Directions

    Boleskine House is just visible through the trees to the south of Sealladh-an-Loch (to the right as you look at the house from the road). It can be seen from a boat on Loch Ness, where the depth of the loch is measured as 666! The house is now under private ownership & there is no public access.

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  • Cuil Bay- Great for walking, swimming, relaxing

    Cuil Bay- Great for walking, swimming, relaxing

    walking out to the far point 1hour (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    Cuil Bay has three bays. You can park next to the first beach and relax. Good for swimming. You can walk on to the next two bays and then down to the point. Some folk fish from the beach.

    Directions

    Park on the verge. If you want to walk to the point or next beaches, follow the track along the first beach, and keep going- its low level and muddy in some parts. You will pass a wee stone fisherman's bothy. The first beach can be busy in high summer, but the other two are much quieter.

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  • SULA Soft Furnishing & Gifts

    SULA Soft Furnishing & Gifts

    2.5 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    SULA Harris Tweed & Scottish wool soft furnishing products + gifts (napkins, door stops, buttons... Fantastic range of colours & textures. Bespoke service for curtains, cushions upholstery. Shop also sells local artists work; jewellery, paintings, quilts, turned wood, photographs, signed books.

    Directions

    Turn right onto A85 from Briar Cottages Lochearnhead. Turn left at 700m on to the A84 at the crossroads with the A85. In approx 2 miles take the slip road on the left signposted Kingshouse, MHOR84 + Rob Roy MacGregors Grave. Catriona's shop is on the left.

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  • Medieval Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel (Exmagirdle)

    Medieval Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel (Exmagirdle)

    2.5 miles (4 km) (From River Edge Lodges)

    Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel built circa 1500 (pronounced Exmagirdle, and sometimes spelt that way too). The chapel and Ecclesiamagirdle House (early 17th Century) nestle at the bottom of the Ochils, just outside Bridge of Earn. Gravestones from the 1600's including The Covenanters Grave.

    Directions

    A pleasant walk from River Edge. Head South on Main st, then turn right onto Heughfield Rd. Left onto Forgandenny Rd for 1 mile. Left opposite Drummonie House. Follow the road until it bends left, but you turn right. After 1/2 mile turn right into a farmyard. Go through a gate at the end of the yard

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  • Teviot Wildlife Walk

    Teviot Wildlife Walk

    In Kelso (From Hendersyde Farm Cottages)

    This circular walk is in the sheltered Teviot Valley where you can see otters, fish and the skills of salmon fishers. Starting at Junction Pool in Kelso, the walk takes you across the River Teviot via the Roxburgh Viaduct, following an elevated path along an old railway line.

    Directions

    To get to the start of the walk at Junction Pool, take a right just over Kelso Old Bridge, and drive 200 yards to along the A699.

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  • Cycling on Lismore Island from Port Appin Ferry

    Cycling on Lismore Island from Port Appin Ferry

    18 (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    You can either hire bikes in Port Appin or bring your own. Catch the ferry across to Lismore from Port Appin. It is a beautiful island to cycle on - to Port Ramsay, to the broch, two castles to visit and the heritage centre. Ferries run regularly.

    Directions

    Port Appin is 2.5 miles from the main road in Appin. The passenger ferry takes passengers and bikes from the end of the road. It's a 10 minute crossing. The island is about 9 miles long with lots of wee tracks and side roads to explore.

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  • River Ericht Walks

    River Ericht Walks

    In Blairgowrie (From Invermay)

    There are great walks along the banks of the Ericht in Blairgowrie & if it is warm one can paddle from the large flat stones at the side of the River. Just make sure that the water level is quite low as otherwise there can be strong currents. You can also follow the river up to the Falls of Ericht.

    Directions

    The River Ericht runs close to the town's centre and starts by the bridge in the centre of Blairgowrie near the Wellmeadow. For rocky pools, a grassy picnic area and the Falls of Ericht, head to the north of Blairgowrie.

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  • Inversnaid to Rowardennan on the West Highland Way

    Inversnaid to Rowardennan on the West Highland Way

    2 miles (From Mansefield House)

    A wonderfully hidden, out of the way, fairly easy 7 mile wander along the Eastern shore of Loch Lomond. With a round trip from Tarbet with Cruise Loch Lomond, take a picnic, enjoy the impressive Arklet Waterfall and take in the stunning views. You might even spot the wild goats. A truly lovely day.

    Directions

    Travel to Tarbet on the A82, half way up Loch Lomond. Take a Ferry from the Tarbet Pier over to Inversnaid. Walk to Rowardennan (7 miles). Return to Tarbet by ferry (enjoying a free drink with the Rambler ticket!).

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  • Chanonry Sailing Club Fortrose Harbour

    Chanonry Sailing Club Fortrose Harbour

    20 yards (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    The slip way in front of Fuchsia Cottage is used by the local sailing club. The frequent sailing events and provide passive interest whilst relaxing in the front garden during the frequent sunny and sheltered days of summer.

    Directions

    Fortrose Harbour area.

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  • Junior Ryder Cup venue

    Junior Ryder Cup venue

    1 mile from Blairgowrie (From Invermay)

    Play a round at Lansdowne Championship Course, Rosemount, Blairgowrie – home to the Junior Ryder Cup 2014 and a 40 minute drive from the 40th Ryder Cup venue of Gleneagles. Accommodation is available in Blairgowrie, which is 30 minutes to the Park and Ride at Perth for Gleneagles.

    Directions

    To reach Blairgowrie Golf Club from Perth take the A93 and follow signs for Scone Palace. Pass the Palace entrance, further on look down on the River Tay (popular salmon fishing spots at Cargill, Ballathie and Meikleour). Pass the famous Beech hedge at Meikleour. After 4 miles, turn at metal golfer.

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  • Secluded bays, inspiring walks and spectacular views

    Secluded bays, inspiring walks and spectacular views

    7 miles from Castle Douglas (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    Torr point, Red Haven & Orchardton Bay are within the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area with views of Hestan Island. The footpaths give access to the head of Auchencairn Bay with a complete circuit of 6km, there are shorter walks from the car park.Red Haven is a great place to swim in summer

    Directions

    Drive 2 miles to Old Torr car park sign posted from the A711, walk through the kissing gate and follow the track onto open grazing land keep to the edge of the field until reaching the sign giving directions for Red Haven and Torr Point. On the right is a sheltered sandy beach, ahead is a bird hide.

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  • MacLellans Castle

    MacLellans Castle

    9 miles (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    MacLellan's Castle in the town of Kirkcudbright, southwest Scotland, was built in the late 16th century. It stands in the centre of Kirkcudbright, on the south side of the River Dee which flows into the Solway Firth.

    Directions

    Located at the top of Castle St and at the top of St Cuthbert St.

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  • Carmichael History Walks

    Carmichael History Walks

    half a mile (From Carmichael Country Cottages, Carmichael Biggar)

    Walk around the historic designed landscape of Carmichael Estate, as depicted in a 1750 map. Cottage guests can explore the features remaining on the ground today. The Visitor Centre Farm Shop, where the original map is on display, has information on Carmichael history walks and maps for sale.

    Directions

    Carmichael cottages are the service houses for the original castle and within half a mile of their cottage guests can explore both the ruined castle site and the remains of the original designed landscape clearly visible on this 263 year old map. Now a mature wood old features abound.

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  • RSPB Mull of Galloway

    RSPB Mull of Galloway

    4 miles from Castlemoor (From Castlemoor, Mull of Galloway)

    The Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature Reserve has stunning views every where you turn. Looking around is Luce bay, the Solway Firth, Irish Sea, Isle of Man and the mountains of Mourne in the distance. The coastal heath of the cliff top is alive with guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.

    Directions

    From Drummore follow the signs the Mull of Galloway keeping left when the road forks at Castlemoor Cottage.

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  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

    Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

    25 miles from Acharacle; 5 miles from Kilchoan (From Mingarry Lodges)

    The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse supports a tea room, shop and an exhibition centre. The exhibition centre contains interesting exhibits on the history and workings of the lighthouse and on the geology of the Ardnamurchan. You can also climb the lighthouse itself to spot cetaceans and seabirds.

    Directions

    Take the B8007 from Salen on the A861 and head towards Kilchoan. Pass through Kilchoan and turn right on the minor road signed towards the lighthouse. Follow the narrow single tracked road for 4 miles, passing the Sonachan Hotel, turn left at Grigadale following the sign towards the lighthouse.

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  • The Hidden Elcho Castle

    The Hidden Elcho Castle

    5 miles (From River Edge Lodges)

    A little-known but perfectly formed 16th century castle, with a stunning location in an orchard right beside the River Tay. Four miles from Perth, 5 miles from Bridge of Earn. William Wallace is thought to have sheltered here. Dressing up clothes make it even more fun.

    Directions

    From Bridge of Earn turn right off the A921 following the road around Moncreiffe Hill, then turn right down a hill PH2 8QQ (follow brown Tourist sign). From Perth turn left off the A921 onto the Rhynd Road (aka Tarsappie Road). After 2 miles turn left down the hill.

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  • New Skills park

    New Skills park

    neighbours (From Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage)

    At Rock UK, our neighbours and local activity centre, you will find the Newcastleton Skills & Pump Track. Bring MTB bikes, its free to use and a great way to familiarise yourself with a mountian bike. Never tried? You can book a taster session with their fab instructors and hire bikes

    Directions

    Park in Douglas Square in the centre of the village, follow signs to Whithaugh bridge and walk or cycle up. From Yethouse wizz down the hill!

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  • A Covenanter RIP

    A Covenanter RIP

    20 miles from Edinburgh (From Craigengar, Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages near Edinburgh)

    Tramp the Pentland Hills in search of the Covenanter's Grave. Follow sheep paths in this wild, almost desolate landscape, maybe disturb a grouse. At NT077523 you'll light upon the Covenanter's Grave, a stone erected in 1841 in memory of a covenanter buried after the battle of Rullion Green 1666.

    Directions

    Walk from Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages, or approach from A70 or A702 from Edinburgh.

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  • Clach Thoull

    Clach Thoull

    20 miles from Oban, 2 miles from Kinlochlaich House (From Kinlochlaich House Apartments, Appin)

    This is very special short circular walk. Clach Thoull is part of the limestone seam that continues on the Isle of Lismore, so has cliffs, caves and a spectacular limestone arch near the point. There are wide views up and down Loch Linnhe. Stop at the Pierhouse on the the way back for tea or a beer!

    Directions

    Take the main road from Oban to Fort William. After 18 miles, in the village of Appin, turn left to Port Appin. After about 2 miles, just after Airds Hotel, you come to the village hall where it is best to park. Opposite the entrance to Airds Hotel car park is a little gate, where the walk begins.

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  • Mclellan's Castle

    Mclellan's Castle

    10 miles (From Pittullie Cottage)

    16th century castle built by the Mclellans of Bombie, later Lords KirKcudbright. In a good state and shows how a castle which was no longer primarily defensive could incorporate some of the more refined features found in high-status houses. (photo by Historic Scotland)

    Directions

    In the centre of Kirkcudbright, and managed by Historic Scotland. (There is an entry charge)

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  • Inchmahome Priory

    Inchmahome Priory

    3 miles from Aberfoyle (From Thorntree Barn, Arnprior)

    On the largest island on the Lake of Menteith is Inchmahome Priory, established around 1238 by a small community of Augustinian canons. Their founder and patron was Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith. Visitors include Mary Queen of Scots. Great for a picnic with the family by boat from Port of Menteith.

    Directions

    Boat trip from Port of Menteith run by Historic Scotland

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  • Quiet sandy beaches ideal for exploring

    Quiet sandy beaches ideal for exploring

    5 miles (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    Rockcliffe is a quiet sandy beach a short drive from Orroland. If the tide is out, there is a huge area of sand. Plenty of rock pools for crab fishing and many walks starting from here with stunning views. Dog friendly and family friendly with toilet facilities and benches for picnics.

    Directions

    From Orroland head towards Auchencairn (east) along the A711. Follow Dalbeattie then take the A710 passing Kippford on the right. Look out for signs shortly after Kippford for Rockcliffe and you should be able to follow the signs to park up and enjoy!

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  • Falls Of Dochart

    Falls Of Dochart

    7 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    The Falls of Dochart are spectacular after rain when the river Dochart crashes over rocks under an old narrow multi arched bridge, also the best view point. The bridge gives access to an ancient clan McNab burial ground. The falls are popular with photographers and feature on many Scottish calendars

    Directions

    Leave Briar Cottages and turn right along the A85. Turn right again at the A84 junction and follow the road up Glen Ogle. Turn right at Lix Toll signposted Killin. Follow the road all the way to the Falls of Dochart.

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  • Cawdor Castle

    Cawdor Castle

    14.5 miles from Inverness (From Broombank Cottage)

    Visit the historical Cawdor Castle built by the Thane of Cawdor in the 14th Century which has been linked with Shakespeare's MacBeth, enjoy the gardens and ramble through the extensive woodland nature trails, play a round of golf on the castle's own 9-hole golf course, or enjoy a lunch in the café.

    Directions

    Leave Inverness heading east on the A96 signposted Aberdeen for approx. 9 miles. Turn right on to the B9006 signposted Croy, Cawdor. Continue forward onto the Old Military Road - B9090 Signposted Cawdor. Turn right and turn right again into the Castle Grounds.

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  • Fortrose Cathedral

    Fortrose Cathedral

    500 yards (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    Fortrose: Historic Cathedral built in the 13th century. The sacristy and chapter house are still standing. Cathedral Square is at the centre of the old ecclesiastical centre of Fortrose. The old Bishops gardens lead down to the beach and harbour.

    Directions

    Centre of Fortrose 500 yards.

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  • Kenmore Highland Games

    Kenmore Highland Games

    0.5 miles (From Mains of Taymouth Country Estate)

    Kenmore Highland Games are known as the family friendly games and is the only Highland Games held in an evening. Entry is only £5 per adult and children go free.
    Entertainment for all the family with all traditional heavy events like toss the caber, tug of war and much more.
    1st Wednesday in July

    Directions

    Enter the village of Kenmore and turn right through Taymouth Castle Gates to right and head to the free parking field.

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  • Loch Ken

    Loch Ken

    5 miles from Castle Douglas (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    For many years Loch Ken has been a popular destination providing an abundance of attractions from the Galloway Kite Trail, to water sports with two marinas offering excellent facilities. Marked walks, bird hides and picnic areas along the 11 miles stretch of water.

    Directions

    Loch Ken is situated just north of the popular market town of Castle Douglas in the new 'walking destination' area of The Glenkens on the A713 Castle Douglas - Ayr road.

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  • Good coffee and cake

    Good coffee and cake

    9 miles (From Cairngorm Country Cottage)

    The Sugar Bowl Cafe in Kingussie serves great coffee and home-made baking. The scones and Victoria sandwich are particularly good. A friendly, family run establishment, clean and cosy. There are a few gifts on sale here too. Gluten free options always available.

    Directions

    The Sugar Bowl cafe is located at the traffic lights on the main street in Kingussie.

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  • St Fillans Golf Club

    St Fillans Golf Club

    6.5 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    St Fillans Golf Course is a picturesque 9 hole course at the East end of Loch Earn. Professional Sandy Lyle claims it as his favourite inland course. The course is surrounded by towering hills and steeped in history. Day visitors are always made to feel most welcome here.

    Directions

    Leave Briar Cottages and turn left onto the A85. Stay on the road all the way through the village of St Fillans (6 miles). At the end of the village turn right signposted South Loch Earn. Follow the road until you see St Fillans Golf Club entrance on the left.

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  • Mull of Galloway Experience

    Mull of Galloway Experience

    3 miles from Auld Smiddy & Glen Auchie Cottages (From Glen Auchie Cottage, Drummore)

    Visit the Mull of Galloway lighthouse and climb to the top. Visit the lighthouse exhibition which is housed in the former fuel store, workshop and engine room to the right of the tower. RSPB Cottage has live cameras on the nesting birds. Treat to follow in the Gaillie Craig Restaurant.

    Directions

    On reaching Drummore follow signs for the Mull of Galloway until you reach the Mull of Galloway (3 mile) sign, keep on this road to the lighthouse, plenty of parking.

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  • Mains of Taymouth Trekking Stables

    Mains of Taymouth Trekking Stables

    6 Miles from Aberfeldy (From Mains of Taymouth Country Estate)

    Mains of Taymouth Stables can accommodate pony rides from age 4 years. These super stables has a well known resident BHSAI instructor teaching daily and the trekking in and around Kenmroe has been described as the best in Perthshire. Booking essentail, and closed Monday's (horses day off!!)

    Directions

    6 miles west of Aberfledy on A827

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  • Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

    15 miles (From Tomich Holiday Cottages & Lodges)

    Anything is possible when there are no 'after hours' lights. Dark skies at Tomich, the Milky Way is a frequent visitor to our night skies. We even manage the Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights to Highlanders and Merry Dancers to Islanders. Definitely worth a pit stop on a clear night.

    Directions

    A82 to Drumnadrochit and A831 to Cannich and then follow the signs to Tomich - 4 miles further West.

    Aurora Borealis image courtesy of nixxphotography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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  • Raiders Road and Otter Pools

    Raiders Road and Otter Pools

    30 miles from Orroland Lodge (From Orroland Lodge)

    The Raiders Road is a ten mile forest track (easily driven an a normal car) leading deep into the Galloway Forest. Around half way along the road there is a picnic area beside the “Otter Pools”. In the summer it is the most amazing natural playground for children.

    Directions

    There is just a £2 charge to drive along the Raiders Road. You can start at either end of the drive at the Clatteringshaws visitor centre on the A712 or between New Galloway and Mossdale on the A762.

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  • Eco adventures on Loch Long & Loch Lomond

    Eco adventures on Loch Long & Loch Lomond

    (From Mansefield House)

    Accompanied by specialist sea safari guides, this is your opportunity to try sea kayaking on the iconic Scottish fjord, Loch Long, or a leisurely day's open (Canadian) canoe safari on Loch Lomond. Suitable for adults and older children, all necessary protective clothing and equipment is provided.

    Directions

    Wild by Nature - Your specialist guides will come to you, and arrange an eco adventure anywhere around Argyll, Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Goil or the Gareloch.

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  • The Wild Cat Trail Newtonmore

    The Wild Cat Trail Newtonmore

    6 Km (From Cairngorm Country Cottage)

    CHILDREN LOVE IT! Their parents love it because it keeps their children happy outdoors for hours and adults love to do it because of the challenge! There are currently 131 different designs cats secreted round the village, in gardens, on roofs, up trees... If you find 25, you earn a certificate.

    Directions

    The Wildcat Centre is in the centre of the village of Newtonmore next to the village hall on the main street.

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  • Speysideway Long Distance Walk

    Speysideway Long Distance Walk

    Half a mile from Weiroch (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    The Speyside Way is a wonderful long distance walk from Buckie to Aviemore. There is an optional spur to Tomintoul which gives magnificent views over the Cairngorm mountains and you cannot fail to be impressed by the fantastic landscape in this whisky distilling region of North East Scotland.

    Directions

    Access can be direct from Tomintoul, also there is parking at Blacksboat which is 0.5 miles off A95 at Marypark mid way between Aberlour and Grantown on Spey. It can also be accessed from Aberlour.

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  • Castle Tioram

    Castle Tioram

    3 miles (From Garmoran Square Luxury Self Catering Apartments)

    Ruined Castle Tioram strong hold of the Clan Ranald sited on the tidal island Eilean Tioram where Loch Moidart and the river Shiel meet. Now closed to visitors, explore at low tide and look at the exterior. Great wildlife, eagles, otters, oyster catchers, seals, deer, red squirrels all close by.

    Directions

    From Acharacle on A861 take 1st left to Dorlin after crossing Shiel Bridge, follow to road end where castle car park is. Coming from Lochailort on A861, take 1st right to Dorlin after Mingarry and again follow to road end and park in castle car park. Note: Single track road. Remember to check tide.

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  • Chanonry Point dolphins up close

    Chanonry Point dolphins up close

    0.5 mile (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    Chanonry Point: Renowned viewing area to watch the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins jump & perform. Sometimes only 20 yards from the beach. Historic location and memorial to Kenneth Mckenzie or Coinneach Odhar/Brahn Seer where he was burned in a barrel of tar approx 1675.

    Directions

    By car 3 minutes. You can see the point from Fuchsia Cottage.
    Easy walk via the coast and golf course 20 minutes.

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  • Gullane Golf Course 1

    Gullane Golf Course 1

    0.5 mile (From Hopetoun Howff)

    Gullane Course No 1
    Established in 1884. Carved into ancient links turf, pot bunkers, wispy grasses & smooth-running greens - unique challenge for serious golfers. Great views of Edinburgh, Firth of Forth, Fife & beyond. Every hole has a distinct character. Average green size 550m Sq. 124 bunkers.

    Directions

    From the foot of Hopetoun Terrace, turn right into Gullane Main Street and walk for about 7 minutes to Gullane Golf Course. Total distance about 0.4 miles.

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  • Inchcailloch Island

    Inchcailloch Island

    1/2 mile (From Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges)

    The name Inchcailloch means "Isle of the old woman" or "Isle of the Cowled Woman" in the Scottish Gaelic. Saint Kentigerna came to Scotland from Ireland to preach and spread Christianity and the island is thought to be named after her. Ruined church and MacGregor burial ground with woodland walks.

    Directions

    From the Waterfront lodges walk into the village of Balmaha to Balmaha Boatyard and take the short ferry crossing.

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  • Blackhouse Village

    Blackhouse Village

    18 miles from Stornoway (From 27 Garenin)

    Visit the Blackhouse village and sheltered shore at Gearranan, Isle of Lewis. The village was occupied till the 1970s. It is restored and has a museum and cafe. A wonderful sun trap and great walks along the coast in both directions. Experience life as it was for islanders in Lewis - a hidden gem.

    Directions

    Take the West side circular route from Stornoway in any direction to Carloway and turn up at the bridge at Carloway to Garenin village

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  • Elie Chain Walk

    Elie Chain Walk

    33 miles from River Edge Lodges (From River Edge Lodges)

    An East Coast secret, this unique cliff scramble/crawl/walk uses chains bolted to the rocks. Ideal for families (not small children under 10 though). 5.65km walk with 0.5km the actual chains bit. Explore caves and coves on the way. Check the tides before you go, can't be done at high tide.

    Directions

    Over the border into Fife, The Chain Walk is located 1000 metres west of Earlsferry on the south Fife coast at national grid co-ordinates 346600, 699700 (NT 466, 997). Access from the East is from the village of Elie. Access from the west is via Shell Bay Caravan Park.

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  • Arisaig Hotel

    Arisaig Hotel

    1 Mile (From Ach na skia Croft)

    Pop down to the Arisaig Hotel for great bar meals or for dining in the Baywater Restaurant. Also great traditional music sessions on Friday nights as well as impromptu ones.

    Directions

    Turn in to the village of Arisaig and you can't miss it

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  • Ocean Explorer Centre

    Ocean Explorer Centre

    5 miles (From Ardshellach, North Connel)

    This is an exhibition of the marine world designed and run by SAMS - the Scottish Association for Marine Science, which is next door. It is full of interest for those interested in the sea and what it's like under the sea and under the oceans.

    Directions

    Drive towards Oban from Ardshellach, and after about 2 miles from Connel bridge, look for a right turn to Dunstaffnage Castle and Dunbeg. The turn to the Ocean Explorer Centre is also there.

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  • Smoo Cave

    Smoo Cave

    less than a mile from the village (From Norsehaven Cottages)

    A amazing natural cave with a waterfall inside, accessed by steps from the road.

    Directions

    On the A383 just outside Durness, easy to find and well sign posted.

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  • Kilchoan Crafts and Cafe

    Kilchoan Crafts and Cafe

    0 miles (From Steading Holidays)

    In Kilchoan Crafts we are serving home baking and fresh coffee along with selling a selection of paintings and crafts.

    Directions

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  • Laggan Beach

    Laggan Beach

    9 miles (From Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages)

    Loch Laggan is a freshwater loch that boasts the largest freshwater beach in the British Isles. It's located within the grounds of Ardverikie Estate (a.k.a. Glenbogle). It is just purely stunning... On a summers day this beach gives Loch Morlich in Aviemore a run for its money! ENJOY!

    Directions

    Park on the A86 in the layby at the northern end of the Loch and walk over the bridge past the Gate Lodge by the main entrance to Ardverikie. There is a barrier, walk past this and up the road for about half a mile.

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  • Birks of Aberfeldy

    Birks of Aberfeldy

    (From Cloag Farm Cottages)

    This is a fairly gentle walk with lots on wildlife interest. The walk is fairly gentle: up one side of a gorge, across a bridge at the top and back down the other side. It is interesting in all seasons and only takes an hour.

    Directions

    To reach this walk you can follow a path from the main square in the centre of Aberfeldy or from the Birks Car Park off the A826.

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  • SeaFari Adventures

    SeaFari Adventures

    30miles (From Kinlochlaich Tree House, Appin)

    One of the highlights of our visits north, at any time of year, is the trip out of Easdale in these high speed RIB's, with the vast array of wildlife all around - whales, porpoises, Golden and Sea Eagles, seals and otters, Mountain goats... Well worth the trip just south of Oban for all ages.

    Directions

    Head South of Oban on the A816 and turn off towards Easdale Island. Well signposted all the way - best book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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  • Smirisary Beach

    Smirisary Beach

    11 miles from Acharacle; 34 miles from Fort William (From Mingarry Lodges)

    Iconic West Coast silvery sands, machair and stunning views await you at the isolated beach of Smirisary. A lovely walk from Glenuig through the romantic crofting village of Smirisary along a remote coastal path onto a lovely beach with fine views of The Small Isles. A great place for a picnic.

    Directions

    Head towards the village of Glenuig between Acharacle and Lochailort on the A861. Follow the minor road past the Glenuig Inn for two miles and park in the small parking area at the end of the road. Full details of the walk to the beach are provided on www.moidart.com and www.walkhighlands.com.

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  • Wade Military Road

    Wade Military Road

    9 miles from Dunkeld (From North and South Mill at Meikle Trochry)

    Mouthwatering goodies to munch at the Amulree Tearoom, run by Maigdh from Barra. This is adjacent to the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie camped in retreat, and at the junction of the old Military Road hacked out of the heather by General George Wade; subsequently tramped over by Prince Charlie.

    Directions

    Take the A9 12 miles north from Perth, turn off onto the A822 signposted Crieff and Crianlarich. Amulree is 10 miles on. Park at tearoom or outside Amulree Hall and find signpost and directions to Military Road. Walk to Crieff, experiencing the rough terrain and almost lost small stone pack bridges

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  • Walking around Rockcliffe Bay

    Walking around Rockcliffe Bay

    30 min drive - 18 miles from Orroland (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    Walking from Kippford and Rockcliffe what a treat. The bluebells are beautiful in May in the woodland areas and the views are wonderful at anytime of year.

    Directions

    Turn left at Rockcliffe from Kippford to walk through the forest then up and over the Muckle hill for wonderful views over Rockcliffe bay.

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  • Aberlour village

    Aberlour village

    10 miles south of Elgin (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    Aberlour is situated beside the River Spey, has excellent shops, pubs and is home to Walkers Shortbread. The village is surrounded by spectacular scenery and has great history. In August, the Aberlour Highland Games takes place with massed Pipe Bands, and Highland dancing.

    Directions

    On the A95, 10 Miles south of Elgin.

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  • Scenic Cliff Walk, Rockcliffe to Sandyhills

    Scenic Cliff Walk, Rockcliffe to Sandyhills

    6 miles / 9 1/2 km each way (From Galloway Coast Cottages)

    Directions

    Park in Rockcliffe at main car park on road in to village. Rockcliffe is situated off the A710 on the scenic Colvend coast. Bus

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  • Ballachulish Sunsets

    Ballachulish Sunsets

    Half a mile from Ballachlish village (From Glencoe Hideaway Lochview)

    Enjoy stunning sunsets from Ballachulish pier and circular Peninsular walk. Look out west across to Ardnamurchan; look the other way to see the mouth of the magnifcent Pass of Glencoe. Facinating light and colours ever changing, reflected in the loch with the breathtaking backdrop of mountains.

    Directions

    Take the A82 south from Fort William or north if coming from Glasgow direction.Turn off at signpost to Ballachulish village. Turn right with the Community Hall on your right and Quarry Centre on left. Go under the bridge to car park at Ballachulish pier. The circular peninsular walk is next to this.

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  • Salmon Leap

    Salmon Leap

    5 miles (From Thorntree Barn, Arnprior)

    When the Endrick is in spate and the salmon are leaping, this is not to be missed. The children will delight in the sight of the fish jumping - and often cry as a result if they do not succeed at the first attempt.

    Directions

    On the back road from Killearn to Drymen at the Pots of Gartness

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden Battlefield

    6.8 miles from Inverness (From Broombank Cottage)

    Culloden Battlefield is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) fought loyalist troops commanded the Duke of Cumberland. The final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

    Directions

    Pick up the signs for the A9 South signposted Perth. Turn left on to the slip road marked B9006 and at traffic signals turn right onto Culloden Road - signposted Culloden, Croy. Continue on the B9006 for approximately 2.5 miles and Culloden Battlefield is on your right.

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  • Sutors of Cromarty

    Sutors of Cromarty

    10 miles from Fortrose (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    Superb viewpoint with stunning view. Narrow entrance to the Cromarty Firth 463 ft. Watch the occasional liners such as the QE2 arriving to enter the firth. Site of substantial military gun emplacements, coastal batteries from WW1 & WW2. Designed to protect the firth from U boats.

    Directions

    From Fortrose A832 via Rosemarkie to Cromarty. Through Cromarty to the sea front and take a small road "Causeway" rising steeply to the sutors.

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  • Mountain Biking- Learnie Red Rock Trails

    Mountain Biking- Learnie Red Rock Trails

    4 miles from Fortrose (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    In the Learnie Forest on the Black Isle. 16 kms of trails for all skill levels with stunning views. Green, Blue and Black graded trails. Car Park available £2.00 per day.

    Directions

    From Fortrose A832 towards Rosemarkie. 3 miles past Rosemarkie via the Fairy Glen towards Cromarty. On right hand side car park sign posted.

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  • Traditional Thai Massage

    Traditional Thai Massage

    (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    Traditional Thai massage in Dalbeattie, a 15 minute drive from Orroland Holiday Cottage. Noi expertly stretches and tones muscles and joints and massages away stresses and strains. Lovely feeling of well being at end of session and popular with visitors and locals in our area.

    Directions

    Craignair Street
    Dalbeattie
    DG5 4AX

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  • Blue skies and turquoise beaches!

    Blue skies and turquoise beaches!

    8 miles from Stornoway (From Lewis Longhouse)

    My favourite, Garry Beach, north of Tolsta, one of several beautiful beaches on the island, with inlets, coves and cliffs to enjoy with few others around. Choose a long summer day to head across the 'bridge to nowhere' for a 10 mile clifftop walk to Ness, exploring abandoned villages on the way.

    Directions

    Turn right out of Longhouse then left to head north on the main road, until you can go no further!

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  • Loch Leven Heritage Trail

    Loch Leven Heritage Trail

    13 miles from River Edge Lodges (From River Edge Lodges)

    Beautiful 19.25km (12 miles) walk/cycle around Loch leven Nature Reserve. Boat trips to Castle Island where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned Apr-Oct. Cafe stops at Loch Leven Larder and RSPB Kinross where there are telescopes and enthusiastic staff are on hand to share their bird knowledge.

    Directions

    From River Edge Lodges at Bridge of Earn head North on M90. Take Kinross exit 6 or 7 (or if coming from Edinburgh take exit 5 or 6) and follow the signs for Loch Leven.

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  • The perfect place to see a Scottish sunset

    The perfect place to see a Scottish sunset

    1 mile from Sandford Country Cottages (From Sandford Country Cottages)

    The villages of Newport-on-Tay and Wormit are ideal to view a fabulous sunset behind the Tay rail bridge. Drive along the waters edge from Tayport to Newport then Wormit and stop en-route at The Newport or The View Restaurant for a bite to eat.

    Directions

    Take the turnoff for Newport-on-Tay off the A92 before heading across the bridge to Dundee or turn off the A92 towards Newport after crossing the bridge from Dundee.

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  • Moray Firth Dolphins

    Moray Firth Dolphins

    20 miles from Moray Cottages (From Moray Cottages)

    All along the coast from Inverness to Banff you can spot a group of the Moray Firth's colony of bottlenose dolphins. The best places to see the dolphins are the Spey Bay Wildlife centre and off Cromarty or Fort George. A boat trip with Moray Firth Boat Charter is a great way to see the dolphins.

    Directions

    Cromarty, Fort George, Spay Bay, Banff - all on the Moray Coast.

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  • Salmon Fishing at Knockando

    Salmon Fishing at Knockando

    5 miles from Weiroch (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries. Knockando is one of the local estates that offer day and weekly permits to fish on the river. Fishing permits are also available from local angling clubs. The season runs from 10 Feb to 30 September.

    Directions

    Knockando is on the B9012, 5 Miles from Craigellachie.

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  • Balloch Castle and Park

    Balloch Castle and Park

    10 miles by car. (From Loaninghead Holidays)

    Balloch Castle and Country Park is on the banks of Loch Lomond. Walk, cycle, take a picnic. Parking available. Also take a boat trip on Loch Lomond.

    Directions

    Depart Loaninghead on the A811 take right towards Drymen, stay on the A811 to Balloch. Balloch Castle and Park signed posted in Balloch.

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  • Five minute ferry to remotest Scotland

    Five minute ferry to remotest Scotland

    2 miles (From Springwell Holidays)

    Turn right when you leave Springwell and catch the Corran Ferry. Land at Ardgour, doorstep to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and Morvern, most westerly point of mainland Britain - ancient oakwoods, stunning beaches, views to the Western Isles, amazing wildlife. The best of the West at your fingertips.

    Directions

    Turn right from Springwell at Onich heading for Fort William. The ferry is just through the village; about 2 miles.

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  • McCaig's Tower

    McCaig's Tower

    (From Cologin Farmhouse and Cruachan Cottage)

    On a hill overlooking the town, this granite tower inspired by Rome's Coliseum is most visible from the sea. It's worth the walk via Oban's winding, steep and narrow streets above George Street for the views alone. Go at sunset and look out over the firth of Lorne and the Inner Hebridean islands.

    Directions

    There are various routes, the most direct on foot is to turn off George Street onto to Argyll Street and on the left beside the Congregational Church use the stone steps known locally as Jacobs Ladder which will take you to Ardconnel Terrace. Turn left here and the tower will soon be visible.

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  • Fantastic Golf Course

    Fantastic Golf Course

    6 miles (From Mains of Taymouth Country Estate)

    Mains of Taymouth Golf Course is a challenge for all levels of golfer. In beautiful parkland setting, this 9 hole course offers undulating fairways, great greens and stunning views. It sits within Mains of Taymouth's Estate and offers discounted golf for residents. Children welcome.

    Directions

    Travel through the village of Kenmore heading west on the A827, over the bridge and Mains of Taymouth sits 500 yards on the right hand side.

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  • Porpoise watching at Balcary Point

    Porpoise watching at Balcary Point

    4 miles from Orroland Cottages (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    Balcary Point, near Auchencairn, is a good place for porpoise-spotting. You can often see them as they feed very close to the shore and usually in small groups. They are easiest to see on a calm day - but you do need a lot of patience!

    Directions

    Go to the village of Auchencairn on the A711. At the bottom of the village take the shore road towards the Balcary Hotel. Park in the car park opposite the hotel and follow the footpath signs to Balcary Point.

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  • Mount Stuart House

    Mount Stuart House

    2 miles (From Ardencraig House Self Catering Apartments)

    Mount Stuart is Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. It is set in 300 acres of landscape and woodlands. Picnic areas, courtyard tearoom, visitor centre and restaurant.

    Directions

    The Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland is only 50 mins road/rail from Glasgow and a 35 min ferry crossing to Rothesay. Mount Stuart is only 5 miles from Rothesay.

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  • The Loup at Fintry on the Endrick

    The Loup at Fintry on the Endrick

    6 miles from Thorntree Barn (From Thorntree Barn, Arnprior)

    The impressive Loup of Fintry waterfall is located near Stirling, two miles from the village of Fintry.

    The water from the River Endrick plummets 30 metres at the Loup of Fintry, and the waterfall is best seen after a period of heavy rain or snow. It's a great picnic spot.

    Directions

    From Arnprior, go down the hill to Fintry. Take a left in the village at the cross, and then left again after the Clachan - signed Denny. The Loup is about two miles up this road. Park in a badly signed layby on the right and walk down the path.

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  • Loudounhill

    Loudounhill

    26 miles from Glasgow (From Drumboy Holiday Lodge)

    Loudounhill is where famous Battles were fought. There are two monuments to the Battles very close to Loudounhill. The Battle of Drumclog was on the 1st of June 1679, and The Battle of Loudounhill was fought in May 1307. The hill itself is a volcanic plug which is breath-taking to look at.

    Directions

    7 miles out from Strathaven on the A71 to Kilmarnock road. Turn right at the cross roads where the church is situated in Drumclog. Drive for 2 miles. Turn left at the Y junction and follow the road round until you come to a car park next to the hill. The post code ML10 6QJ will bring you here.

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  • Deer Stalking in the Cairngorms

    Deer Stalking in the Cairngorms

    0 - 10 miles from Tomintoul (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    The area around Tomintoul is renowned for the number and quality of deer. Professional guides accompany stalkers for roe-buck and red stags up to medal class, or doe and hind. A mixture of wooded and hill terrain serves to provide excellent and challenging sport.

    Directions

    For details of estates offering stalking visit http://www.countrysportscotland.com/ or contact Weiroch Lodge www.weiroch.co.uk

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  • The Spirit Of Scotland Monument - Loudon Hill

    The Spirit Of Scotland Monument - Loudon Hill

    Within walking distance from Drumboy Holiday Lodge (From Drumboy Holiday Lodge)

    The Spirit of Scotland Monument marks the site on Loudounhill where William Wallace and his small army won the Battle of Drumclog in 1679 against the much larger English army.

    Loudounhill was created by glacial action during the Ice Age which smoothed out the valley, leaving behind this 'plug' of h

    Directions

    Take M74 from Glasgow to junction 8. Take A71 Kilmarnock road. Drive straight on until you come to the village of Drumclog. Take right onto Meadowfoot Road. Straight on for 2 miles. Turn left. Follow road for half mile until you reach the car park at Loudounhill.

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  • Visit the Magnificent 150ft high Plodda Falls

    Visit the Magnificent 150ft high Plodda Falls

    12 miles (From Eagle Brae)

    Plodda Falls is a spectacular waterfall over 150 feet high. It is situated in between Tomich and Cougie around half an hour drive from Eagle Brae. The Forestry Commission have recently built a new viewing platform so you can stand right on top of the point from which the falls drop… spectacular!

    Directions

    Take a right out of Eagle Brae's front entrance and head for Cannich on A831. Drive straight through Cannich, past Fasnakyle power station and the entrance to the Glen Affric road, and then take a right signposted for Tomich. Drive through Tomich and continue until you reach Plodda Falls. Enjoy!

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  • Rhuallan Raptors

    Rhuallan Raptors

    1 mile (From Carmichael Country Cottages, Carmichael Biggar)

    Opportunity to meet, handle and fly birds of prey. Booking essential. www.rhuallanraptors.com

    Directions

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  • The Cocoa Bean Company

    The Cocoa Bean Company

    12 miles from Orroland (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    A family run business making chocolates for the likes of John Lewis and offering children and adults the chance to make their own chocolates in a fun and friendly workshop. Ample seating in their cafe on site as well as extensive children's indoor and outdoor play areas.

    Directions

    Head towards Kirkcudbright from Orroland and pass over the large bridge. Follow the brown sign for the Chocolate Factory.

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  • Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course

    Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course

    1-mile from Weiroch Lodge (From Weiroch Lodge, Ballindalloch)

    Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course is in a parkland setting close to the River Spey. Among 150 year old trees, the course has nine championship quality greens and 18 tees with a par of 72, making it a challenging prospect.

    Directions

    On A95 at Ballindalloch, midway between Grantown and Aberlour, close to Weiroch Lodge which is on the edge of the Ballindalloch Estate.

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  • Dalbeattie Forest

    Dalbeattie Forest

    1 mile from Dalbeattie (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    The north side of the forest is known as Town Wood due to its position and popularity with locals. Walks and bike trails start from the car parks and offer a choice of distances and difficulty. The long walk to Colvend passes under the Moyle a site of an ancient Hill fort.

    Directions

    South of Dalbeattie on the A710.

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  • Medieval Church and Bishopric

    Medieval Church and Bishopric

    3 miles from Oban (From Cologin Farmhouse and Cruachan Cottage)

    A short stroll from Cologin Farm across a well laid field path bordering a burn will take you to the splendid ruins of Kilbride church, currently the focus of academic research. Current owner Liam Griffin's knowledge and enthusiasm for the Clan MacDougall are unequalled!

    Directions

    By road, take the A816 from Oban town centre and follow for 2 miles before turning right to Lerags Glen. Turn off the glen road into Cologin and leave your car at The Barn Bar (open from 11am daily during the summer season) and walk down the track to Kilbride.

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  • Step back in time

    Step back in time

    1 mile from Newtonmore (From Steading 5 Balvatin Cottages)

    A walk along Newtonmore Main Street will lead you to the award winning Highland Folk Museum. A superb set of buildings and welcoming guides will tell you all about life in the Highlands. Fantastic way to spend some time (don't miss the great café)

    Directions

    Situated on the A86 / Main Street of Newtonmore at the north end of the village. Approach Newtonmore from the south on the A9 from Perth or via Kingussie from the North.

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  • Pentland Peaks hiking route

    Pentland Peaks hiking route

    12km walking route from Eastside to Flotterstone (From Eastside Farm Holiday Cottages, Penicuik)

    A spectacular walking route over the summits taking in some of the most famous Pentland peaks with views to the Moorfoots, Edinburgh, the Forth & the Highland mountains. The route winds up from Eastside over the Kips, Scald Law & Carnethy finishing at Flotterstone pub for a well earned pint!

    Directions

    Route starts from Eastside Cottages or reverse the route for a Flotterstone start.

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  • Cycle Route 7, Rob Roy Way, National Trail

    Cycle Route 7, Rob Roy Way, National Trail

    1 mile (From Briar Cottages)

    Enter Sustans Cycle Route 7 off road from the A84 Craggan signposted 7 and St Angus church. Walk or cycle up hill to the junction. Turn right for Glen Ogle to Killin 3 - 7 miles or left for Balquhidder MHOR84 and on to Strathyre 3-7 miles. This is also part of the Rob Roy Way and Scotland's Trail.

    Directions

    Leave Briar Cottages, turn right onto A85, turn left at the A84 + A85 crossroads. Route 7 is about 500m along the A84 on the right just before the national speed limit signs start as you are about to leave Lochearnhead Village.

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  • Otter Family Sighting

    Otter Family Sighting

    1 Mile (From Loch Linnhe Waterfront Lodges, Kentallen Pier)

    Take time to watch the rocks outside the Lodges and you will have the pleasure of seeing our resident Otter Family fishing on the coast! Shhhh... It's a secret so we do not want to scare them away.

    Directions

    Keep an eye on the rocks just outside of the lodges.

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  • Cuairt Cromor walk ( beside the cottage)

    Cuairt Cromor walk ( beside the cottage)

    Beside the cottage (From Ceol na Mara Holiday Cottage)

    A challenging short circular walk at the back of Cromore starting beside Ceol na Mara cottage. You can make the walk as hard or easy and long or short as you wish because it's circular. Enjoy breath-taking views, the wildlife and bird life and being at one with nature. This is a registered walk.

    Directions

    Go to the end of the village of Cromore, climb a small hill beside the last house, go through the second gate and follow the coastline where you can. It is possible to take short cuts if desired. This map and other walks on Lewis & Harris are on Walk Highlands website to download.

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  • Discover an enchanting garden

    Discover an enchanting garden

    8 miles from Treshnish (From Treshnish & Haunn Cottages)

    Lip na Cloiche garden will surprise and enchant. A plantswoman extraordinaire, Lucy Mackenzie has grown this garden - from a bare hillside into an imaginatively shaped and interestingly planted haven.

    Directions

    Lip na Cloiche garden is on the B8053 on the edge of Loch Tuath, 3 miles north of Ulva Ferry.

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  • Icefactor Kinlochleven

    Icefactor Kinlochleven

    30 miles (From Kinlochlaich Tree House, Appin)

    Indoor climbing for all ages, bouldering wall and one of Europes biggest climbing walls. Great cafe and shop, a must do whilst up in this region for climbers of all abilities, and also superb for children.

    Directions

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  • Castle Stalker and the Jubilee Bridge

    Castle Stalker and the Jubilee Bridge

    18miles (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    Castle Stalker can be viewed from many angles but one of our favourites is from the Jubilee Bridge. You can walk along the cycle path (the old railway line) and across the morach to Jubilee Bridge- from here you get stunning views of the Morven hills, with Loch Linnhe in front and the castle too.

    Directions

    Just along the Port Appin road is a wee car park with information boards, a bird hide and the start of the path to the Jubliee Bridge- its only 5-10 minutes to the bridge which spans Loch Laich at high tide. Great for catching sunsets too!

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  • Across the sea to Ardnamurchan

    Across the sea to Ardnamurchan

    2 miles from Springwell (From Springwell Holidays)

    Just round the corner from Springwell catch the Corran Ferry to Ardgour and spectacular Morvern. If you keep driving you can reach the Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point on mainland Britain. Your car journey takes you through beautiful oakwoods on the shores of Loch Sunart.

    Directions

    From Springwell turn right for Fort William and the ferry is on your left after 2 miles. It goes every 15 minutes and the crossing takes just 5 minutes. Go west (left) on leaving the ferry and you can then follow the signs to Ardnamurchan or alternatively, catch the ferry to Mull at Lochaline.

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  • Cawdor Castle

    Cawdor Castle

    14.5 miles (From Broombank Cottage)

    The historical Cawdor Castle was built by the Thane of Cawdor in the 14th Centry. You can stroll through the 3 gardens or ramble on the extensive woodland nature trails. Play golf on the 9-hole course or just soak up the atmosphere of the fairytail castle which has links to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    Directions

    Take the A96 out of Inverness heading east for approximately 8 miles then take a right turn onto the B9006 signposted Croy, Cawdor. Continue forward onto Old Military Road - B9090 signedposted Cawdor. Turn right at end of village and right again into Castle grounds.

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  • Maclaurin Art Gallery

    Maclaurin Art Gallery

    2 miles from Ayr (From Woodcroft Cottages)

    The Maclaurin Art Gallery in Rozelle Estate Park is a gem. Modern with good changing exhibitions. Rozelle House has many great Scottish art works and has permanent displays. Also a lovely park with swan pond and an excellent restaurant.

    Directions

    From Ayr town centre, follow the High Street south past the town hall and then turn left onto Rozel Road. The entrance to the estate is half a mile further on.

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  • Black Grouse Safaris

    Black Grouse Safaris

    5 miles from Tomich, Glen Affric (From Tomich Holiday Cottages & Lodges)

    Spring secret - In April you can take a dawn safari trip through the Corrimony reserve with RSPB staff to get up close and personal with the local black grouse as the males strut their funky stuff to woo the females. Enjoy fantastic views. Booking essential.

    Directions

    Corrimony is a 10 minute drive from Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness. Drive along the A831 and turn left at the signs for Corrimony and the Chambered Cairn. The Reserve is 5 miles from Tomich Holidays or a fantastic 45 minute stroll through the Guisachan Estate.

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  • Otters at Craobh Haven

    Otters at Craobh Haven

    22 miles from Oban (From Craobh Haven Cottages)

    Take a walk along the breakwater in Craobh Haven at dusk and if you’re luck’s in, you may see a family of otters playing in the seaweed at the water’s edge. They are wild creatures, so very unpredictable, but well worth looking out for!

    Directions

    Take the A816 south from Oban towards Lochgilphead. After the village of Arduaine, watch for the right turn to Craobh Haven. Proceed into the village and park by the water. Walk south along the edge of the marina bay and out onto the breakwater.

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  • Suzie's Panini Van, Lochinver

    Suzie's Panini Van, Lochinver

    1 mile (From Mountview Self Catering)

    Lochinver mobile catering van, known locally as The Panini Van, has a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor. Using local produce where possible, everything is freshly prepared to order at affordable prices. Find it in the village car park, Monday to Friday.

    Directions

    Drive in to the village of Lochinver, The Panini Van can be found just past the local Post Office, in Bay View Car Park beside the Church of Scotland.

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  • Moncreiffe Hill Wood

    Moncreiffe Hill Wood

    1 mile from Bridge of Earn (From River Edge Lodges)

    Described by Woodland Trust as "Perth's best-kept secret for family fun ..." Short trails, medium trails or long trails, it's up to you. There are 2 hill forts, great views, sculptures hidden in the trees, deer, birds of prey, trees obviously ...! Moncreiffe Hill never fails to lift the spirits.

    Directions

    From the A912 at the North end of Bridge of Earn, take a minor road on the right immediately after the bridge (signposted Elcho Castle). Follow this for 1 mile, then turn left up a track signed Moncreiffe Hill. There's a small car park here. There is a second car park on the Perth side of the hill.

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  • Sandyhills beach

    Sandyhills beach

    15 miles from Dalbeattie (From Orroland Holiday Cottages )

    With soft golden sand the beach is perfect for digging and making castles. Like most of the beaches on the Solway Firth the tide is often a long way out revealing extensive mud flats which are great for exploring.

    You can also walk to either end of the beach and explore the rocks and small caves.

    Directions

    Take the A710 from Dumfries or Dalbeattie (well worth the drive, this is a picturesque road). Sandyhills is well signposted. There is a small fee to park which you pay in the shop. The shop also stocks a range of beach toys and games, ice creams and snacks.

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  • Hermitage and River Braan Walk

    Hermitage and River Braan Walk

    14 miles from Blairgowrie (From Invermay)

    Enjoy a scenic walk through a grove of huge trees and along the swirling pools and falls of The River Braan. This lovely woodland walk winds along the river & through open countryside beyond the Hermitage in the direction of Trochry, ending up at the lovely Rumbling Bridge and the tumbling water.

    Directions

    From northbound A9 take left signposted for Inver & Hermitage. Park in lower car park for Hermitage (small charge). Follow signs for Inver Walk through the underpass, along riverside and pine forest, and gradually climbing to Ossian's hall and the waterfalls where there is a spectacular viewpoint.

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  • Walk on the Wild(life) Side

    Walk on the Wild(life) Side

    Under 1 mile from Blairgowrie (From The Hayloft at South Littleton)

    See an abundance of wildlife in, and on, the rivers around Blairgowrie throughout the year. The River Ericht is a short walk from South Littleton Cottages and has beavers, otters, deer, kingfishers, heron, buzzards, red kite, and a huge variety of other small birds. After 7pm is the best time.

    Directions

    Follow the South Littleton Path from the cottage and turn right at the end. Turn left at the metal gates and pass through the ruined steading of East Mill. Continue along the path running parallel to the river - watch for signs of beaver on the opposite bank in summer. You need to be very quiet.

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  • Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course

    Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course

    0.5 mile from Fortrose (From Fuchsia Cottage, Fortrose Harbour)

    It is thought that golf has been played here since 1702. One of the finest links golf course in Scotland, with play down and back along the peninsula with the sea on both sides. Described as a gem of a course.

    Directions

    In sight of Fuchsia Cottage- very short walk or drive.

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  • Rob Roy MacGregor's Grave at Balquhidder Church

    Rob Roy MacGregor's Grave at Balquhidder Church

    5 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    Rob Roy MacGregor was branded an outlaw and worshipped as a hero. His family gravestone is at Balquhidder Kirk where clansman and tourists visit all year round. Go inside the church to read other stories about ancient clan McLaren, visits from Queen Victoria, Dorothy and William Wordsworth and more

    Directions

    Turn right onto the A85 from Briar Cottages and left onto the A84 at the crossroads. In approx 2 miles turn left onto the slip road signposted Rob Roy's Grave. Turn right at MHOR84 following the road under the A84 then 3 miles to the Balquhidder sign. See the Kirk drive shortly after on the right.

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  • MHOR 84

    MHOR 84

    2.5 miles (From Briar Cottages)

    Popular pub and shabby chic bistro. Live Folk Music Thursday nights. All day food designed under chef Tom Lewis. Excellent cakes by the MHOR Bread Bakery. Pop up Barber for Blokes Wednesdays at 5.30. Al fresco food deck with gentle outdoor music. Next to Cycle Route 7. Annual "Spring Fayre" March.

    Directions

    Leave Briar Cottages and turn right onto the A85. Turn left onto the A84 at the junction. Travel approx 2 miles and take the slip road on the left signposted "MHOR 84, Kingshouse, Rob Roy's Grave". MHOR 84 is on the left next door to SULA Furnishing shop. Book Highland Glen Travel Taxi Lochearnhead

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  • Tore of Troup Walk

    Tore of Troup Walk

    10 miles from Banff (From Mill of Nethermill Holidays, By Pennan)

    This walk will take you through a spectacular glacial melt-water glen that will not only enchant you, but gives you the opportunity to see a multitude of wildlife such as Scottish wild cat, deer, hare, and otters.

    Directions

    From Macduff, take the B9031 (The Coastal Trail East) towards Pennan for approximately 8 miles. Immediately past the “Old Doctor’s House” turn right, and park at the side of the road approximately 200 meters from the turn off. Take the track to the left, and enjoy your walk.

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  • Onich Shore Lookout

    Onich Shore Lookout

    12 miles from Fortwilliam (From Springwell Holidays)

    Onich shore is a fascinating SSSI carved out of the ripple effect jagged Dalradian rock outcrops, with permanent barbecue spot and lookout point. See otters, seals, seabirds and possibly a badger, not to mention a great view of the Isle of Mull.

    Directions

    Take the A82 south from Fort William towards Onich. Carry on through the village and park in the car park 2 miles further on. Walk west out of the gate (as if back towards Fort William) and after about 300 meters you are on Onich Shore.

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  • Traditional salmon landing on the Tweed

    Traditional salmon landing on the Tweed

    Third of a mile from Tweed Cottage, five miles from Duns (From Border Holiday Homes - Tweed Cottage, Paxton)

    Many years ago salmon were landed on the River Tweed using large nets and cobble boats. The last remaining place is on the bank below Paxton House. (Note - only through the salmon fishing season). Stop for afternoon tea or walk up river to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, half a mile upstream.

    Directions

    It is only a five minute walk from Tweed Cottage, Paxton, and five miles from Duns.

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  • Kirkcudbright Riding of the marches

    Kirkcudbright Riding of the marches

    6 miles from Castle Douglas (From Gelston Lodge Cottages, Auchencairn)

    Riding of the Marches Kirkcudbright became a Royal Burgh in 1455 and, in common with Royal Burghs across southern Scotland, we celebrate the Riding of the Marches each year, where around 100 horses and riders take part in this important tradition, riding out to check Kirkcudbright’s boundaries.

    Directions

    Take a left out of Gelston Lodge Cottages drive and then right on to the coast road to Kirkcudbright. Ten Minutes drive and your there.

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  • Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood

    Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood

    1 mile from Blairgowrie (From Invermay)

    Near the Blairgowrie Golf Courses you'll find the Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood, which offers lovely views of the countryside. It is a circular walk that loops through Darroch Wood (with its bluebells in spring), past the White Loch and back to Blairgowrie.

    Directions

    From Blairgowrie Golf Club carpark, turn left along Golf Course Road & continue to junction with Perth Road. Turn right onto Perth Road & cross to the west side. Walk up incline by the field in the direction of Blairgowrie. Just before the Ardblair Trail sign on left, there is a gate & marked way.

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  • The K9 Health Centre

    The K9 Health Centre

    10 miles (From The Steadings, Auchteralyth)

    The K9 Health centre provides everything you need for your dogs. Healthy biscuits, gifts, beds, etc... and Hydrotherapy, massage, dog training and you can leave your dogs there whilst having a meal at the excellent cafe next door Lochlands Mill.

    Directions

    From Auchteralythsteadings, drive to Forfar and then take the first exit at round about after Padanaram, and take the A90 to Dundee, then take exit for Lochlands Mill (Dundee Road) .

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  • Puck's Glen

    Puck's Glen

    33 miles (From Mansefield House)

    Dripping with greenery, padded with moss, a tumbling burn: the magical world of Puck’s Glen is surely one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. The paths weave and wind over the hillside and though the forest, past spectacular waterfalls, viewpoints and stunning rhododendrons. A hidden gem.

    Directions

    Take the A82 north to Loch Lomond. Turn onto the A83 at Tarbet and continue until the junction with the A815. Turn left and pass the villages of Strachur and Glenbranter. Continue for 12 miles / 19.3 km: Puck's Glen car park is on your left. The car park is at grid reference NS 146 839.

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  • Panoramic views from Ben Lora, Benderloch

    Panoramic views from Ben Lora, Benderloch

    1.5 hours to the top (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    A pathed walk until the last 1/2 hour. Walk up Ben Lora and get an eagles view in 360 degrees- north towards Glencoe, east towards Ben Cruachan, south to Jura and beyond, and west over the Morvern Hills. Trig point at the top. Picnic bench at the end of the track. Ben Lora cafe afterwards for scones

    Directions

    Park in the carpark just past the Benderloch Shop. Follow the path- choice of 2 but I prefer the first to the right- get views seawards! Follow the wide path up and keep going. Some picnic benches en-route, after an hour you will reach a gate- a muddy path leads up to the Trig point- another 1/2hour

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  • The Perth Sculpture Trail

    The Perth Sculpture Trail

    Centre of Perth (From Cloag Farm Cottages)

    The Perth Sculpture Trail is a lovely walk in the centre of Perth which takes you through parkland and along the riverside, highlighting the city's beautiful architecture and contemporary art. You also pass both the Fergusson Gallery and Perth Art Gallery & Museum which you can visit for free.

    Directions

    Park at the South Inch Car Park. The sculpture trail starts on the far side of the River Tay (signposted to the left once you cross the river via the pedestrian bridge shared with the railway line). See http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/perth-city.shtml and http://www.pkc.gov.uk/museums.

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  • Kippfords Shell Beach

    Kippfords Shell Beach

    4.2 Miles from Galloway Coast Cottage - Sanderling (From Galloway Coast Cottages)

    Beautiful shell beach reached on foot along The Merse Kippford. Lovely views over the Urr Estuary towards Rough Island and Hestan Island. Accessed also by the NTS path from Rockciffe.

    Directions

    From Sanderling drive up to the A710 and turn left. After a couple of miles turn left down in to Kippford and park at the village hall. Walk in to the village and along the private road till you end up at the beach.

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  • Watch ospreys while eating your breakfast

    Watch ospreys while eating your breakfast

    500 yards from Killin (From Morenish Mews)

    Ospreys have nested in the dead pine at Morenish for the past five years, rearing two chicks on each occasion. They can be seen from the dining tables in the Morenish Mews self catering cottage from early April to end August.

    Woodpeckers, red squirrels and stags can also be seen in the garden.

    Directions

    No directions required - everything visible from the accommodation!

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  • Cuill Hill, the walk up behind Duror Village Hall

    Cuill Hill, the walk up behind Duror Village Hall

    30 minutes fast walking! (From Laich Cottage, Appin)

    Fantastic views up towards Glencoe, across to the Morven Hills and down Loch Linnhe towards Mull. It doesn't take long to gain the height and reach the top for a stunning panoramic view. 25-35 minutes up at a good pace!

    Directions

    Park at Duror Village Hall, go through the gate and follow the track up the hill. There is a wee path off the main track once you near the mast, and this leads to the Trig Point.

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  • Fabulous home-made scones

    Fabulous home-made scones

    6 km (From Cairngorm Country Cottage)

    The Wild Flour cafe in Newtonmore serves fabulous home-made scones, good soups, other great baking and light lunch options. The coffee is good and the staff are friendly. You can watch the wild birds in the pretty garden while you wait for your tasty fare. Good value for money.

    Directions

    The Wild Flour is located in the main street of Newtonmore at the southern end of the village.

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  • Clava Cairns

    Clava Cairns

    8.8 miles from Inverness (From Broombank Cottage)

    The 3 Clava Cairns at Balnuaran are one of the finest examples of Bronze Age circular chamber tombs in the North East of Scotland. The stone chambers were built, and then stones were build up around them to form a mound with a long passage so that the tomb could be accessed.

    Directions

    From Inverness pick up the A9 heading south. Take the slip road marked B9006 Culloden, Croy. At traffic lights turn right and travel for appro. 2.6 miles. Take the 1st right after Culloden Battlefield, the over crossroads and down over the River Nairn. 1st right and the Cairns are on your right.

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