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Our pick: Scotland’s clifftop coast walks

Bullers of Buchan, Aberdeenshire The Bullers of Buchan are one of the most dramatic features on the Aberdeenshire coastline. Here a great blow hole or collapsed cavern is the central feature, but the whole coast has plenty of interest – including a few puffins for the sharp eyed birdwatcher. The Bullers are reached on a coast walk from Cruden Bay; the walk can be continued northwards to Boddam. Butt of Lewis The northernmost tip of the largest of the Outer Hebrides, the Butt of Lewis is dominated by its towering brick-built lighthouse, but the cliff scenery too is well worth

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Our pick: Glasgow’s street murals

Our latest new urban walk is an exploration of some of Glasgow’s stunning street murals. These impressive creations decorate blank end walls and vacant buildings and help to tranform otherwise less attractive corners of the city into striking public art works. The full walking route giving directions to see all these and more can be visited here: Glasgow Murals Trail. This new mural on High Street was created early in 2016 by the Australian born street artist Smug (Sam Bates) – renowned for his photo-realistic style. The Argyle Street Cafe mural is another work by Smug. It replaces an earlier

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Our pick – Scotland’s best island beaches

We’ve previously posted our pick of the most beautiful beaches in the West Highlands. Now we board the ferries to visit Scotland’s stunning islands on a journey through the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland – blessed with some of the very finest beaches in the world. Check out also our guide to the best of Scotland’s east coast beaches. Bagh na Doirlinnhe, Gigha Set off the Kintyre peninsula, Gigha is an island that really deserves to be better known. It has several excellent beaches, but the pick of them has to be Bagh na Doirlinnhe in the north, where twin beaches

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Our pick: Scotland’s outdoors towns

One of our most popular posts last year was our pick of Scotland’s most picturesque villages. This time we take a look at larger centres, highlighting 15 Scottish towns which make great bases for outdoors activities. All of the links below give access to places to stay as well as routes to walk. Aberfeldy, Perthshire The attractive grey stone buildings of Aberfeldy cluster on the south side of Scotland’s mightiest river, the Tay, and serve as a gateway to the lower end of Loch Tay and to beautiful Glen Lyon. The town is a great base for countless family walks

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Our pick – walking Scotland’s cities

In our latest gallery we feature urban walking routes taking in the best of Scotland’s seven cities – or was that eight? Edinburgh Scotland’s capital has recently been voted one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and with its combination of stunning architecture spanning the centuries and its dramatic landscape, it’s the perfect city to explore on foot. We feature routes that explore the wonders of both the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, but be sure not to miss areas like Dean Village, or the Botanic Gardens. The Water of Leith provides a cross-section through the whole

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Locations from Roads Less Travelled: West Highlands Part 2

Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer. This second of our galleries for the programmes features locations seen in the second episode. You can see the locations for the first episode on this link. Aird of Sleat, Isle of Skye The second episode began on the Isle of Skye, with Cameron travelling to the Aird of Sleat and cycling the track down towards the Point of Sleat – before wildcamping nearby. Kylerhea – Glenelg ferry Cameron

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Locations from Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands Part 1

Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer. If you wanted to explore some of the locations in the programmes yourself, then have a look at the gallery below. Isle of Luing Cameron’s journey started at the picturesque former quarrying village of Cullipool on the Isle of Luing. He followed a walk around the coastline of the island past the quarries – this route is featured on Walkhighlands as our Isle of Luing and the Slate Quarries

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Our pick – Boxing Day walks

With Christmas upon us, here’s our pick of Boxing Day walks that may help you digest all that over indulgence – or perhaps escape your least favourite relative! Allermuir Hill and Swanson, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh At the time of writing a white Christmas doesn’t look very likely, but whatever the temperature Allermuir Hill offers the most stunning views over Edinburgh. The nearest of the Pentland Hills to the city, Allermuir is within easy reach for a great many people for their Boxing Day jaunt. Benarty Hill, Fife Though it may be smaller than its neighbours amongst the Lomonds, Benarty Hill

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Our pick: Scotland’s hilltop monuments

Earlier in the year we featured our pick from Scotland’s best wee hills. But apart from the promise of a view, little attracts people more to climb a smaller hill than the chance to visit a hilltop monument. Built to become local landmarks, these follies, memorials and towers appear in many forms, and scattered all around the country. They form the subject of our latest gallery. Fyrish Monument, Easter Ross The striking monument on Cnoc Fyrish above the Cromarty Firth is a familiar sight to travellers on this part of the A9. Close up it is even more impressive than

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Gallery: Scotland’s largest freshwater lochs

Loch Lomond Loch Lomond, its bonnie banks famously celebrated in song, is Britain’s largest freshwater lake by area, stretching over 71 square kilometres. The loch is at the heart of Scotland’s busiest National Park, and has many islands, including Inchmurrin – the largest on any loch – and beautiful Inchcailloch. The Highland fault line runs right through the loch and ensures a great variety of scenery, ranging from the placid Lomond Shores at Balloch, to the foot of towering Ben Lomond. The West Highland Way path follows much of the eastern shores of the loch. Loch Ness Loch Ness may

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