The long peninsula of Fife, set between the two great Firths of Forth and Tay, offers
superb coastal walking, enhanced by excellent rail and bus links which enable good linear
walks to be undertaken. A full coastal path is steadily being developed, and you can
already follow the trail from Inverleithing to Crail, walking along the shore, the cliff
top or just inland, and always with great views across the Firth of Forth and a wide
variety of birdlife. Inland, above historic Falkland and its palace are the high summits
of East and West Lomond, part of the Fife Regional Park. Fife also has other smaller hills
and many fine walks based on its towns and villages.
Another excellent walking area is the extensive
Tentsmuir Forest near Newport-on-Tay, which offers forest trails, partly following a sandy
shore where seals can be both seen and heard.
Dundee and Angus
The Dundee and Angus area has good short coastal walks around its towns and
villages and a 'green trail' around. Dundee itself is steadily being developed. But the
area's prime walking area is in the famous Angus Glens - Clova, Prosen, Isla and Esk - all
rightly renowned for their beauty. At the head of Glen Esk, on the old track to Mount
Keen, Scotland's most easterly Munro, is the Queen's Well, where Queen Victoria stopped to
refresh herself in 1861. The old tracks know as Mounth Roads, rights of way for travellers
for centuries, today offer a network of superb long walks across the Angus hills and into
Perthshire is a vast county extending from south of Perth, up through the Tay
Valley to Pitlochry and on past Blair Atholl to the Pass of Drumochter. Westwards it
extends to Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and much of the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor.
The area is a hillwalkers' delight with dozens
of Munros and Corbetts, the highest of them Ben Lawers, just short of 4,000 feet and owned
by the National Trust for Scotland. Other fine groups of hills are around Glen Lyon,
Bridge of Orchy and Crianlarich.
But it is not all high hills. Extensive walks
systems suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities have been developed around Dunkeld,
Birnam and Pitlochry and, close to Perth, the short climb to Kinnoull Hill is rewarded by
a lovely view across the Tay to Fife. Another classic short walk takes in the fine
waterfalls of the Berks of Aberfeldy.
Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board: http://www.standrews.co.uk
Angus and City of Dundee Tourist Board: http://www.angusanddundee.co.uk
Perthshire Tourist Board: http://www.perthshire.co.uk