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Look after yourself... and Scotland

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Scotland is gradually emerging from Covid-19 lockdown. Travel anywhere within Scotland is now permitted again (hooray!), though accommodation and most tourist attractions are currently closed. Full guidance and the possible timetable for easing restrictions further can be found on the Scottish Government official website . Travel to and from Scotland from other parts of the UK is expected to resume in the coming weeks, with dates still to be announced for foreign travel. There is likely to be a lot of pent-up demand, so some areas will be exceptionally busy. Here are 3 things worth bearing in mind when out and about: [Travel within Scotland is now permitted again] 1) Be safe If planning a walk, choose a route well within your capabilities. Our fitness levels may take a while to adjust after lockdown! For hill or rural walks, make sure you are properly equipped with a detailed map, compass and suitable clothing. Many higher hills are still snow-covered and may require speciali

Walk: The Ettrick Seven

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Scottish Borders | Ettrick Hills | Full day walk | ★★★ [Entertrona Burn with White Shank & Fauldside Hill beyond] Deep in Scottish Border country, the Ettrick Hills are a lonely, rolling range adjacent to the better-known Moffat Hills. A ring of 7 summits (or 4, or 9, depending on what you think constitutes a hill: discuss) surrounding the upper course of the Ettrick Water offers a fine horseshoe route with only small descents and reascents between most (but not all) of the summits. First on the menu is Bodesbeck Law, which is missed out by a signpost early in the walk despite offering the best views of Moffat Dale and Carrifran Glen. Last but not least is Ettrick Pen - highest in the range - overlooking the vast, sparsely populated Eskdalemuir Forest. The bothy passed on descent is one of the more luxurious in the MBA catalogue (though we'd still prefer to stay somewhere with toilet facilities). [Black Hope from White Shank] Location & info 📌 Walk: The Ettrick

Walk: The Kiln Coast - a step back in lime

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Fife | Limekilns | Half day walk | ★★ [Limekilns] The Broomhall Estate in western Fife has a rich heritage: limekilns, railway lines and harbours all supported limestone quarrying as well as coal extraction, shipbreaking and soap production along this stretch of the Firth of Forth. All this activity has long since ceased, leaving behind two sleepy villages - Charlestown and Limekilns - and a fascinating industrial legacy. 6 miles is enough to explore the picturesque coastline, inland estate and its history, with good views of Rosyth Dockyard later in the circuit, which has since picked up the economic baton. [Broomhall Estate] Location & info 📌 Walk: The Kiln Coast - a step back in lime ★★ Start / finish at Limekilns Pier, west end of Limekilns, G.R.: NT 075834 ///different.river.shops 🚌 Bus to Limekilns | 🚗 Street parking ▶ 10 km / 6 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Half a day Features: Limekilns; Charlestown, harbour & limekilns ★★ ; Broomhall Estate; Rosyth Old Church ⬤

Charlestown Limekilns & Harbour

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Fife | Charlestown | Limekilns & harbour | ★★ [Charlestown limekilns & harbour] Limekilns and Charlestown are a pair of attractive, west Fife villages sitting on the north bank of the Firth of Forth a few miles west of the Forth Bridges. Bypassed by the main road between Dunfermline and Kincardine, they're very much off the tourist trail, but are well worth visiting if you're in the area. The hillside behind both settlements was once extensively quarried for limestone, originally processed in Limekilns village (no prizes for guessing how the settlement received its name). The local estate owners - the Earls of Elgin - had ambitious expansion plans, however, and built Charlestown from scratch in the 1700s together with a new harbour, railway line and eventually 14 limekilns. Today, it's the newer neighbour which is the more worthwhile visitor destination. The limekilns have been restored and you can enter some of them - though prepare to be divebombed by pigeons