Munros: Ben Lomond

As iconic Scottish landmarks go, Loch Lomond is second only to perhaps Glencoe as the countries favourite beauty spot. The national park hosts a great deal more visitors than any other destination in the country. One of a handful of busy trails belonging to the park, the mountain half-way up the loch is a major visitor draw for very good reason. At 974 meters high, Ben Lomond is far from the roughest and most difficult Munros to summit, but it is more than a tame hill walk too. Navigation and access are easier here than almost anywhere else in the country, but a reasonable level of fitness and a little… Read More

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When GPS Beats Out Map And Compass

After first conquering the automotive world, GPS has all but taken over in fitness endeavours too. Runners and cyclists seem to rarely head out without a wrist-mounted tracker keeping tabs on every sweated meter and minute. Gadgetry devices are increasingly intruding into outdoors navigation too. Hiking GPS devices have been around for well over a decade. In the early days they were ugly, cumbersome units with little functionality and a battery life which made them next to useless. Today though, GPS navigation and perhaps our approach to it deserves a second look. The Way It Has Always Been Conventional wisdom states that GPS gadgets and gizmos are never as good… Read More

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St Abb’s Head Circular

As walking mistakes go, poor navigation can be one of the more costly and trip destroying ones you can make. Yet so many, setting out for the trail from the central belt, forget to look south to find the great hills and routes for a days exploring. While it’s true that there is a near endless supply of great routes and mountains to the north; there are more than enough routes to the south of the country to keep you busy for a lifetime or two. One of these incredible routes lies immediately to the north of the village of St Abbs. About an hours drive South of Edinburgh, the… Read More

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The Great Polish Map Of Scotland

The Great Polish Map The Great Polish Map of Scotland is a three-dimensional terrain map built within the gardens of the Barony Castle Hotel. Located near Eddleston in the Scottish borders, the hotel served a previous life as army training grounds before it caught the eye of a visiting soldier who created the feature landmark on the grounds today. The story of its construction and the sentiment behind the map is as unique and interesting as the people who undertook building it over 45 years ago. The man behind the project, Jan Tomasik, came to the Scottish Borders from Poland early in the second world war. A great number of… Read More

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Tantallon Castle

Designed For Strength At six stories high and 90 meters in length, the curtain wall of Tantallon Castle is built to intimidate enemies and impress friends. The blood-red sandstone looks especially daunting in front of the blue seas and green fields that surround the medieval structure on the East Lothian coast. Standing to the east of North Berwick and a near shout away from Bass Rock, Tantallon dominates a rocky peninsula on the banks of the Firth of Forth. An important and visually stunning bit of land, the castle was fiercely contested by both relatives and kings since its construction in the mid-1300s. Surrounded on three sides by high cliffs… Read More

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