Posts

Showing posts from March, 2021

Walk: The Templar Temple Triangle

Image
Midlothian | Gorebridge | Half day walk | ★★★ [River South Esk] They say good things come in threes - and this good, varied circuit comes in three parts. First, an amble along the wooded South Esk to Temple Church: ancient HQ for the Knight's Templar in Scotland. Second, a stroll through the grounds of grand Arniston House (the interior of which can be toured in the summer months). Finally, a return along the Gore Water on the fringes of Gorebridge. [Arniston House] Location & info 📌 Walk: The Templar Temple Triangle ★★★ Start / finish at Trotter's Bridge, minor road half 1 mi west of Gorebridge town centre, G.R.: NT 331620 ///crisp.zoom.feed . Alternative start point in Gorebridge. 🚆🚌 Train / bus to Gorebridge, at a slightly different point on the route | 🚗 Car park ▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 250 m | ⌚ Half a day Features: River South Esk; Temple Church (Midlothian) ★ ; Arniston House ★★★★ ; Gore Water ⬤ Moderate | Paths and tracks - some steps and muddy s

Arniston House

Image
Midlothian | Gorebridge | Stately home | ★★★★ [Arniston House] The magnificent golden mansion of Arniston House has been the home of the Dundas Family for over four centuries, set amongst extensive grounds in Midlothian countryside close to Edinburgh . It doesn't seem to have made it onto many people's radars yet, judging by the low number of visitors. Our fascinating tour of the interior (admittedly a while ago now) was conducted by the friendly Althea Dundas-Bekker herself, and we understand that current family members still routinely act as guides. We were lucky to be the only ones there, despite it being a sunny July afternoon - even if you're not so lucky, we highly recommend a visit. The photos on this page were taken more recently, while passing through on the pleasant half day walk from Gorebridge. [Arniston House] Location & info 📌 Arniston House ★★★★ B6372 2 mi southwest of Gorebridge, G.R.: NT 326595 ///internet.atlas.circulate 🚌 Rare bus to

Livingston House & Peel

Image
West Lothian | Livingston | Historic building | ★ [Livingston House] A grassy mound is the only sign of the Peel of Livingston: a moated, fortified castle dating to the 12th century. 500 years later, Livingston House was constructed on the same site, with its foundations still visible at the foot of the mound. Today, the site is surrounded by semi-formal gardens within Livingston's widely sprawling suburbs. You'll have gathered there's not much to see here, but in a New Town with a lack of old buildings, it's a rare piece of history - and a link to the original Leving's Toun which pre-dates the modern settlement. [Livingston House & Peel] Location & info 📌 Livingston House and Peel ★ Access from east end of Eliburn Street, 1 mi northwest of Livingston town centre, G.R.: NT 040676 ///forest.reader.calm 🚌 Eliburn Road | 🚆Livingston North (1 mi) Always open | Free [View from Livingston Peel]

Walk: Coast path to Carlingnose

Image
Fife | North Queensferry | Short walk | ★★★ [Port Laing] Heading east out of North Queensferry, the Fife Coastal Path climbs to reach Carlingnose Point - a headland with superb views back to the Forth Rail Bridge and ahead towards Dalgety Bay. The rocky bluff is a nature reserve supporting nesting terns and other seabirds; carlingnose refers to the nose of an old woman, though the resemblance isn't obvious. Further around the coast are a couple of scenic inlets: sandy Port Laing and muddy Inner Bay, with the town of Inverkeithing visible across the latter. From here, we suggest returning by the outward route (a possible alternative over the Ferry Hills involves lots of road walking), leaving time to explore the narrow streets of North Queensferry afterwards. [Forth Rail Bridge from Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve] 📌 Walk: Coast path to Carlingnose ★★★ Start / finish at car park on Battery Road, just south of North Queensferry village centre, G.R.: NT 132803 ///breeze.a

Walk: Calderwood - Murieston mudbath

Image
West Lothian | Mid Calder | Short walk | ★★ [Calderwood] Calderwood is the less fashionable, southern portion of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. Comprising a sliver of land in between deep glens carved by the Linhouse Water and Murieston Water, it offers unspoilt woodland, birdlife and relative peace and quiet. And after wet weather, copious quantities of sticky mud - wellies recommended! This circuit can also be extended south to Linhouse Glen Nature Reserve (not described here), for a longer route with slightly rougher terrain in places. Alternatively, combine this walk with our Almondell route, which starts from the same point. [Murieston Water] Location & info 📌 Walk: Calderwood - Murieston mudbath ★★ Start / finish on Pumpherston Road (B8046), northeast side of Mid Calder, G.R.: NT 077678 ///many.type.waking 🚌 Bus to Mid Calder | 🚗 Car park ▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Short Features: Almondell and Calderwood Country Park; Linhouse Water; Murieston Wa