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Excellent Forestry Commission camp site beside the loch.
Dun Edin Broch
Not in the same league as those in the islands or even Glenelg but well worth seeing [click 'read more'] and most remarkable so far south.
A superb beach - massses of room and uncrowded and only at most 10 minutes walk from a small car park. If that's too far, see the nearest marker to it!
Ideal for young children and the infirm in particular; a large beach of beautiful sand with a fine outlook with a road right down to it.
Those famous beaches in Northumberland don't stop at the Scottish border. This one is great.
I hope it doesn't provoke a war but this is only meant to be a rough guide! Therefore there may be the odd place just to the wrong side; apologies!
Points above this line and on the Mallaig to Fort William road are covered in my North Scotland map.
Dukes, Earls and Aristocrats are not my scene and the near feudalism in parts of the Borders area is not something I like.
Ruined castle - not open and unsafe.
Doesn't look much like a medieval castle - hardly surprising as it was largely built in the 1890s and completed in 1901.
A major landmark on the way to Callander.
Yes; that's the capital of Northern Ireland - note its proximity to Scotland!
Scotland's capital and one of Europe's finest cities. Could do with a map of its own; any offers?
By far the largest city in Scotland; I haven't been for ages and I'd love to see notes and a map on the Slow Travel site.
Alternative route to A9
This will not be faster than going via Perth and hitting the A9 earlier but it's a beautiful and relaxing route and keeps you off the A9 until you can feel that it has started.
Logan Botanical Gardens
Given the proximity of the Gulf Stream, these gardens could hardly fail to be good - and they don't!
Galloway Forest Park
If you click on 'read more' and scroll down, you will find a number of suggestions for places to visit in this lovely area.
Aonoch Eagach (SV)
A magical ridge rivalling An Teallach in the Torridonian sandstone area further north to be considered best on the mainland.
The most westerly point on the Scottish mainland. The road to it is more vegetated and gentler in its scenery than much of Scotland and there are beaches of fine sand all along the coast.
A spectacular gannetry; boat trips in season from North Berwick, weather permitting.
A mountain worth the ascent because of its view going so far west. No problems beyond some wet ground as long as you pick weather a few degrees cooler than we chose!
Ben Arthur [The Cobbler]
The most popular mountain below 3000 feet in all probability because of the amazing rock shapes of its three peaks as well as its proximity to Glasgow.
The highest point in the UK. Best ascended from the distillery on the Inverness road if you have a good head for heights.
Bidean nam Bian
The marker is meant to denote the whole range rather than just the summit.
A lovely island with only 15 families and one school child. Today's newspaper [06 November 06] has an article about an attempt to get another two families. Apparently there's intense competition, some from as far away as Australia!
Cir Mhor (SV)
This is a fabulous peak and the ridge walk to it via the Carlin's Leap [Witch's Step if you must!] and Caisteil Abhail is superb.
I'm leaving it to you to 'read more' as I've only seen it on the way to Tiree, which we did as a day cruise.
Situated with the Tweed on three sides of it, near but not in St. Boswells, the abbey remains are extremely picturesque.
A lovely island with a fine beach on the west side and an unmistakable hill, the Sgurr of Eigg roughly where the marker is.
Beauty spot and start of some good walks.
Loch Katrine is the home of the steamship Sir Walter Scott. it's an integral part of the first National Park in Scotland, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
Very fine scenery all along this famous loch but the winding road gets very crowded because of its proximity to Glasgow.
An interesting and beautiful loch, fourth longest freshwater loch in Scotland, very narrow and unusually variable in depth and with more woodland than most lochs.
Very attractive scenery.
Since there are 10 mountains in this group over 3000 feet, they attract 'Munroe baggers'; otherwise they perhaps have less appeal than they should because of their proximity to the higher Nevis range to the north and the wonderful mountains above Glencoe to the South.
Smallest of the Small Isles by quite a way, Muck has a surprising amount of accomodation for visitors and would make for a very relaxing break.
Mull of Galloway
No songs from Sir Paul about this Mull but it's a fine headland and the view on a fine day is as good as its position on the map suggests.
At Polloch on Loch Shiel, reached by an unclassified road from Strontian, there are plentiful remains from lead mining, which enjoyed its most prosperous period in the 18th century.
The largest of the Small Isles, the others being Canna, Eigg and Muck.
A mountain that towers over its area but is relatively easy to ascend because you can start from a high car park.
Yes; that's what they call it. Don't blame me; I'm a Sassenach!
I've heard of it often enough but only on the weather forecast - and I've landed there - but only for 10 minutes on a day cruise. Therefore 'read more!'
Attractive town with interesting shops and a fine bridge over the River Tay.
A fine town for a break on the way to the Highlands or a longer stay in its own right.
A very pleasant little town with 'real' shops.
Situated on Gare Loch where it meets the Firth of Clyde, Helensburgh is a very pleasant waterfront town on an alternative route north.
The restored Victorian Print Shop of Robert Small is immensely interesting.
This town was built in the 18th century to display the power and wealth of the Duke of Argyll, the head of the Clan Campbell.
One of the border abbey towns. Not only are the abbey ruins terrific ['read more'] but there's a wonderful Tudor House. It's named after Mary, Queen of Scots but she only stayed there.
A border town with lovely abbey ruins and fine bridges over the Tweed.
Perhaps the prettiest of the three 'Border Abbey' towns with two National Trust for Scotland gardens, the Eildon Hills picturesquely situated above the town, and of course the fine abbey remains.
Berwick [upon Tweed] is in England. Berwickshire is a Scottish County. North Berwick is a Scottish town in the County of East Lothian!
A substantial sized town, almost a resort.
Where most visitors to the north join the A9 until after Inverness.
A pleasant town with a spectacular salmon leap.
Capital of Mull with very brightly painted houses in various colours along the waterfront.
Ardrossan can be reached by train from Glasgow and there is a bus from Brodick - usually in each direction.
Link to County Antrim
If you don't want to go into Glasgow, this provides an alternative to Stirling/Callander as a route to or from the west or northwest from England or south Scotland.
Short crossing to Mull - but you have to get to Lochaline first. Fine for a touring route.
Ft William-Mallaig line
The magical line that we have seen from Glasgow at Loch Long and Rannoch Moor completes its journey to Mallaig without losing an atom of its scenic appeal.
Oban - Craignure ferry
The main car ferry from the mainland to Mull.
Oban Rail Line
One part of the line shown on the way from Glasgow to Crianlarich continues, equally scenically to Oban.
Oban to Mull/Tiree
A fine trip through the straits of Mull and along the north to the two islands.
The rail line from Tyndrum across Rannoch Moor has a rare meeting with a road here!
Trains from Glasgow to both Oban and Fort William/Mallaig use the line as far as Crianlarich via Gare Loch, Loch Long and Loch Lomond
Small Isles Ferry
Calmac runs different routes on the various days of the week. I have twice been on a return trip from Mallaig at about 11.00 that covered all the four islands.
Quick link with Northern Ireland
Island capital with a good museum.
Excellent base for the Ross of Mull - preferably off the main road to avoid the tour buses to Iona.
Important road junction where the A85 from Stirling and Callander meets the A82 from Glasgow en route for the north west.
Unbelievably attractive and interesting village.
A small enough village but with a Sunday Market that wouldn't disgrace Glasgow! - and a flight museum too!
Fionnphort is the port for the Iona ferry from Mull. There is a good St Columba exhibition centre, where parking is free - as opposed to the road near the ferry. There is also a good beach.
What are you most likely to know about Glencoe? Probably that it was the scene of a massacre in 1692. That's true and the circumstances were bloodcurdling but that's a long while back and now Glencoe is a small, though much visited, village among some of the best scenery in Scotland [certainly on this map.]
I guess this is a must-see for visitors to Mull - its history is vital to early Christianity in the UK.
Isle of Whithorn
If you want everybody's idea of a lovely, perfectly shaped seaside village, look no further.
Now a quiet and peaceful village, kinlochleven was the home of a bustling aluminium works until 2000.
The northern end of the Pennine Way that leads to Edale in England's Derbyshire.
A delightful coastal village with the smallest post office in the UK [fully equipped of course.]
Fine old harbour area in a fine vicinity with fine beaches - - fine in fact!
Beautifully situated village on sealoch Sunart. Otters are sometimes seen on the Strontian river and there's a delightful drive up a minor road over a pass to Polloch on Loch Shiel.
After running in tandem the short distance from Crianlarich, the A82 to Fort William and the A85 to Oban part company again.
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