Earlston Circular Walk – Scottish Borders

Earlston Circular Walk - River Leader

Earlston Circular – a mixture of new and familiar So, I have been a bit quiet on the blog lately, because we have moved house, re-locating to Coldstream in the Scottish Borders. Coldstream is a lovely town on the borders between in England and Scotland. It is excellent for walking, with various easily accessible routes…

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Stunning Loch Katrine Route

Boat on Loch Katrine Route

Stunning Loch Katrine Route HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews It was one of those gorgeous autumn days when we just had to make the most of the weather, so we left the office and set off for a return trip to Loch Katrine. Last time we had been there had been a drizzly, grey day in June…

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Circular Walk by Loch Ard

Little Loch Ard

Circular Walk by Loch Ard HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews When you live in Scotland you really have to make the most of the good weather, particularly at the end of September. So it was that we finished work at lunchtime and headed off down the road to Aberfoyle. A look at the map showed a car…

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Kippen Trail Race – Race Review

Peter at the top of the hill

Kippen Trail Race – Race Review HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Trail races are like buses – months without one and then two over consecutive weeks. Just a week after Arrochar 10k we were standing in beautiful sunshine on the playing field at Kippen for the Kippen Trail Race. Mingling at the start made us realise what…

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Arrochar 10k – Race Review

Start of Arrochar 10k at Loch long

Arrochar 10k – Race Review HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews When we moved up to Scotland in early 2021, Arrochar 10k was the first race we entered and I am so pleased we did. This was a simply stunning course, starting at the head of the tidal Loch Long and then going up through forest tracks, down…

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Walk in the Trossachs

Path above Lendrick Hill in the Trossachs

Walk in the Trossachs HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Back in March this year we decided to have a week off work and spend some time exploring the wonderful area we had moved to. One of the first walks we did was up from Lendrick Hill, close to Brig O’ Turk. We loved the route so much,…

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Walking and Swimming in Swaledale

swimming in Swaledale - Wain Wath waterfall

Walking and Swimming in Swaledale HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Wildflowers and Swim Spots Galore When we go on a holiday we enjoy going somewhere and being able to explore from our base. Upper Swaledale is perhaps one of the best places in the country to do this – stunning walks, either in the valley bottom or…

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A Week of Wild Swimming

Wild swimming in Stirlingshire - Loch Lubnaig

A Week of Wild Swimming HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews When the sun shines in Scotland you have to make the most of it, so when the sun came out in July we finished work early and set off for a wild swim. It was too good an opportunity to miss. As it turned out it was…

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Circular Route near Stirling

Sauchie Crags on a circular route near Stirling

Circular Route near Stirling HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Sauchie Crags and North Third Reservoir. This is a short but spectacular circular route close to Stirling which has a variety of habitat, including spectacular cliffs, mixed woodland and banks of North Third Reservoir. It is one of the routes recommended in the book Scottish Trail Running, which…

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Strathblane Circular Walk, Stirlingshire

Strathblane Circular route - view of Campsie fells

Strathblane Circular Walk, Stirlingshire HomeWalkingWild SwimmingRunningBirdsBook Reviews Views, new plants and a lunchtime dip We have a bit of an ongoing joke between us that when I choose the route we end up without a footpath and when Peter chooses the route it is much longer than intended. As it was a hot day in…

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