Walking in Scotland

Hello

I’m back – did you miss me?

As you know we’ve been up in Scotland having a bit of a tramp around the place.  We walked lots of miles and I was very lazy and preferred drinking wine and reading good books in the evenings to shouting at the internet, which was very slow.  So I didn’t write much!

I thought I’d just do a summary here of the walks I haven’t blogged about and then hopefully I’ll get back on track and catch up.

We stayed in a little village called Tyninghame in East Lothian and had a lovely cottage called Sawmill Cottage. From here we tramped about around East and West Lothian and also ventured over the Forth Road Bridge to Aberdour and the RSPB reserve at Loch Leven.  It was all splendid and we even had dry weather for most of the time.

So….here are some pictures and a few words on our walks.

Enjoy

Rickety rambler xxx


Aberdour and Loch Leven (5 miles)

Aberdour is a little town on the coast across the bridge; we visited the castle with its pretty gardens and then walked along the Fife Coast Path a short way before heading back to the town for lunch.

Castle at Aberdour
Castle at Aberdour
Juvenile Starling at Loch Leven
Juvenile Starling at Loch Leven
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Goldfinch at Loch Leven
Family of rabbits outside the bird hide at Loch Leven
Family of rabbits outside the bird hide at Loch Leven
Highland Cow disturbs geese at Loch Leven
Highland Cow disturbs geese at Loch Leven
Highland Cow taking a dip at Loch Leven
Highland Cow taking a dip at Loch Leven – this was just the funniest sight, he doesn’t look very happy about finding himself in the water!
View of Loch Leven from the Viewpoint Loop walk
View of Loch Leven from the Viewpoint Loop walk
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I believe this is the non-banded form of the Riband Wave Moth. Its a common moth usually flying at night but is often disturbed from its resting place during the day. We saw this one as we were walking uphill at Loch Leven
Mr RR capturing the views from the top of the viewpoint walk - stunning (the scenery that is!)
Mr RR capturing the views from the top of the viewpoint walk – stunning (the scenery that is!)

Aberlady (3 miles)

Aberlady is one of our favourite places in East Lothian with its estuary views and also the Scottish Ornithology Club at Waterside House (www.the-soc.org.uk/) where you can sit and watch the birds from the comfort of the library and where there is always wildlife art on display.

Estuary at Aberlady
Estuary at Aberlady
View from the SOC window
View from the SOC window

Kelso (7 miles)

We did an exhausting 7 mile walk around Kelso, following the beautiful River Teviot and even spotting an otter!  On this day, we did get caught out in the rain and spent a bit of time putting waterproof trousers and coats on and off!  And near the end we took a wrong turning and ended up walking a mile down a busy road before finding our way back to the beginning.

Kelso's a lovely town on the confluence of the River Tweed and River Teviot.  There's a ruined monastery and these attractive memorial gardens where we ate our picnic before setting off.
Kelso’s a lovely town on the confluence of the River Tweed and River Teviot. There’s a ruined monastery and these attractive memorial gardens where we ate our picnic before setting off on our walk.
Heron and swans on the River Tweed
Heron and swans on the River Tweed
Mr RR on the Teviot - on the look out for otters!
Mr RR on the Teviot – on the look out for otters!
Heron on the Teviot
Heron on the Teviot
Goosander on the Teviot
A Dopping of Goosander on the Teviot
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The viaduct – its raining now!!
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The footbridge across the river

The Pentland Hills (10 miles)

This was a mammoth walk for me!  It was actually 7 miles although it felt longer, but we’d already done a circuit of West Linton, a village just a little way off and, as we walked loads of miles I haven’t recorded I’ve rounded it up to 10!

We loved walking here, we started off alongside the reservoirs passing fishermen and being passed by cyclists.  We looked to our left and saw walkers ascending a massive hill, and breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn’t us!  Little did we know that we were heading for that hill from the other side!  We had our picnic on a collapsed stile halfway up a hill and then continued climbing, not just this one but 3 very high hills – each one appearing as we neared the top of the one before.  It was exhausting and hard on the feet going downhill, but great fun and just at the bottom, a lovely pub – the Flottistone Arms where we revived ourselves before heading back to the cottage.

We started out walking alongside the reservoirs
We started out walking alongside the reservoirs
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Looking down at the reservoir
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The view from our high picnic spot
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More views from the picnic spot
The picnic spot - Mr RRs a bit tired - of waiting for me to catch up!
The picnic spot – Mr RRs a bit tired – of waiting for me to catch up!
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The high stile
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Heading uphill..
The Stone Cairn at the highest point on our walk
The Stone Cairn at the highest point on our walk
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The view from the top
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Oh no…..not another hill!
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Amazing views
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Look at that sky – and the Firth of Forth

East Linton – 5 miles

This was a much flatter walk in the countryside around East Linton, a lovely village in East Lothian.  The amazing Miss RR joined us and we had a lovely day – including lunch in the garden of the Smeaton Nursery Tea Room (well….half the lunch was in the garden and then the heavens opened and we retreated indoors).

I didn't take many photos on this walk - too busy chatting!  The hill in the distance is North Berwick Law (now that's a high hill!).  The 'farm' like buildings in the middle turned out to be an abattoir which smelled disgusting and made us walk very fast!
I didn’t take many photos on this walk – too busy chatting! The hill in the distance is North Berwick Law (now that’s a high hill!). The ‘farm’ like buildings in the middle turned out to be an abattoir which smelled disgusting and made us walk very fast!

Gullane Bents (3 miles)

This was our last day and we only did part of the walk as the weather was so lovely that we just gave up and laid on the beach soaking up the sunshine.  However, we managed to find some driftwood for Mr RR and wandered about the beach, part of which is a nature reserve.

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The beach at Gullane
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Gullane Bents
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Practising my panoramic shots!
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Now then…..what do you know about shells? This is a bivalve shell, almost certainly a Great Scallop. Next time, I need to take better pictures so that I can identify them properly! Shells are fascinating things you know – I’ve been reading all about them!
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Unfortunately I haven’t been able to identify this one – I think it may be a mutant shell!
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A Swim of Cormorants at Gullane
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Finally – I just wanted to show you the amazing patterns made by the rock formations at Gullane Bents – just because I like them.
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And more.

So – that’s it for Scotland for now.   I hope you enjoyed this quick look at where we went.  Normal service will be resumed now I’ve recovered from all those mountains I climbed (and all the wine and cake!)

Total miles walked this year – 500!! Hooray – half way there!

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