Walk 204 – Bargany Gardens, near Girvan

Bargany Gardens are location approximately 4.5 miles inland from Girvan. The owners of this private estate open the gardens up to the public each May which is the perfect time of year to witness them in full springtime glory. The gardens comprise 50 acres of mature woodland, known for its colourful rhododendrons and huge fir trees. Within the gardens you will also find a picture-perfect boating pond, a walled garden with cherry tree orchard, a rock garden, various pagodas and a hidden formal lawn. … More Walk 204 – Bargany Gardens, near Girvan

Walk 202 – Glen Doll Forest Trail, Angus – 5 miles

Set in the heart of the Angus Glens within the Cairngorms National Park, a walk through Glen Doll offers the perfect balance of forest trails and breath-taking mountain scenery. Follow the course of the energetic White Water into the forest, emerging at the far end to a wide open vista, then cross the burn and return to the start on forestry trails along the other side of the water. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, red squirrels, roe deer and pine marten within the forest, and on the craggy hillsides high above you might spot a golden eagle, buzzard or peregrine falcon. Binoculars and cameras at the ready! … More Walk 202 – Glen Doll Forest Trail, Angus – 5 miles

Walk 201 – Kirkton of Kinnettles Circular, Angus – 4 miles

A peaceful countryside stroll on the hilly farmland behind the hamlet of Kirkton near Glamis, Angus. This is an easy walk on good tracks and quiet roads, can be boggy at times. A gentle uphill gradient at first, the reward being fine views across the farmland towards Kinnettles Castle and the Cairngorms National Park. … More Walk 201 – Kirkton of Kinnettles Circular, Angus – 4 miles

Walk 200 – Prince Albert’s Pyramid, Balmoral – 4 miles

There are 11 cairns to discover within the Balmoral Estate. The cairns were commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate the marriages of her children and the largest was erected in memory of her husband Price Albert following his death. This short walk takes in two of the cairns – Princess Beatrice’s Cairn and Prince Albert’s Cairn (aka “the pyramid”!) A beautiful forestry trail awaits, and after a fairly steady walk uphill you will reach the summit of Creag an Lurachain (442 m /1450 ft) where the pyramid sits. A steeper but shorter descent follows, and a very lovely suspension bridge crossing. Optional de-tour to Crathie Kirk – regular place of worship of the British Royal Family. … More Walk 200 – Prince Albert’s Pyramid, Balmoral – 4 miles

Walk 195 – Fyrish Monument, Ross-shire – 4.4 miles

A circular route to the 18th century arches of the Fyrish Monument. After a short distance my route leaves the busy Jubilee Path to make a gradual ascent up the shoulder of Cnoc Fyrish. From here you can enjoy spectacular views south across the Cromarty Firth to the oil riggs at Nigg and over to the mountains of the Northwest Highlands. The monument itself is a true work of art and forms a significant part of local history. It can be seen from miles around but nothing can prepare you for the scale of it once you are up close! My return route takes you through an area of mature forestry teeming with wildlife. … More Walk 195 – Fyrish Monument, Ross-shire – 4.4 miles

Walk 194 – Glen Orrin from Strathconon, Ross-shire – 8.5 miles

A fantastic circular walk starting at Inverchoran Bridge in the Strathconon Estate, from where you will head into the scenic and remote Glen Orrin to Luipmaldrig bothy. The return section is via a spectacularly scenic hill pass. This is the perfect day out if you want to feel deep in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands without going too high. … More Walk 194 – Glen Orrin from Strathconon, Ross-shire – 8.5 miles

Walk 193 – Glen Sherup Horseshoe, The Ochils – 9.8 miles

Taking in the rolling summits of Innerdownie, Whitewisp Hill, Tarmangie Hill and – optionally – Ben Shee, this circular walk on the southern edge of Perth & Kinross offers a mixture of forest trails and open grassy hillside. It is best experienced on a clear day when the views can be appreciated to their fullest. … More Walk 193 – Glen Sherup Horseshoe, The Ochils – 9.8 miles