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Stay at Home

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Restrictions are in place across Scotland to help prevent spread of COVID-19. These restrictions vary by region; full advice including exemptions and definitions of "essential purposes" can be found on the Scottish Government official website . Guidance relating to visiting places on Scotland Off the Beaten Track includes... staying at home except for essential purposes staying local and within your council area (exemptions apply) following current rules about maximum group sizes and meeting other households wearing F ace coverings where mandated, and where social distancing is difficult A voiding crowded spaces C leaning your hands regularly, and reducing contact with hard or high contact surfaces staying T wo metres apart from anyone outside your household S elf isolating and booking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms Tourist attractions and accommodation are currently closed. Different restrictions apply outwith Scotland, including elsewhere in the UK, so

Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy

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West Lothian | Bathgate Hills | Short walk | ★★★ [Cockleroy] Cockleroy (Red Hat, or the King's hat) is an insignificant hill by most standards, but by Central Belt standards it happens to be one of the highest points. The summit offers outstanding and wide-ranging views over the Ochil Hills, Campsie Fells, West Highlands, Linlithgow (and its palace ) and the Pentland Hills. There are faint earthworks belonging to an ancient fort, and it's said that Scottish knight William Wallace took rest in a a rock cavity ("Wallace's Bed") at the top - though, truth be told, he could have picked a more sheltered spot. The path from the nearby road is short and straightforward - alternatively, you could extend the route by starting from Beecraigs Country Park visitor centre. [The summit offers great views of Linlithgow] 📌 Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy ★★★ Start / finish at car park on minor road 2 mi south of Linlithgow, G.R.: NS 994742 ///notes.opened.jogged

Beecraigs Country Park

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West Lothian | Linlithgow | Park | ★★ [Beecraigs Country Park] Set upon the northern slopes of the Bathgate Hills close to Linlithgow , Beecraigs is one of our favourites out of several country parks between Glasgow and Edinburgh . There's lots to do over the 370 hectares: wander around Beecraigs Loch, visit the red deer, Highland Cows and many other animals in the Animal Attraction corner of the park... or lose yourself in the extensive woodland on the south and west sides. The bronze age fort and excellent viewpoint of Cockleroy - though just outside the boundary - is accessed from the west edge of the park (or from the visitor centre as a longer walk). There are also good paths all the way from Linlithgow, with a few circular routes possible. [Beecraigs Country Park] Location & info 📌 Beecraigs Country Park ★★ Off minor road 1 mi south of Linlithgow. Visitor centre is at G.R.: NT 006746 ///eating.soaps.emerald Always open (visitor centre & car park: dai

Dunsapie

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City of Edinburgh | Duddingston | Viewpoint | ★★★ [Arthur's Seat & Dunsapie Loch from Dunsapie summit] This relatively neglected small summit on the east side of Edinburgh 's Holyrood Park is a perfect alternative to Arthur's Seat for those short on time or stamina. Dunsapie rises 145 metres above sea level, but can be accessed from car parks on Queen's Drive just a few dozen metres below - though walking from Duddingston or Willowbrae is a great alternative for those seeking a slightly longer route. Dunsapie's rocky summit features some distinctive rocky outcrops and offers a superb outlook both over East Lothian and west to Arthur's Seat - the latter busy with families sledging on our recent, snowy visit. The artificial reservoir of Dunsapie Loch hugs the foot of the hill at road level, and is itself a very pleasant spot; otters have frequently been spotted here in recent months. [View east from the summit] Location & info 📌 Dunsapie ★★★