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Scotland Off the Beaten Track is for all those who love exploring Scotland. Looking for inspiration or places to visit? Read on...


Welcome! I've been exploring Scotland since 2011 and love sharing my experiences here. Scotland is full of amazing places, but some of the most popular spots are under pressure from overtourism - including parts of Edinburgh, sections of the mainland north of Inverness and much of the Isle of Skye. One of my key aims is to redress this balance, and encourage slow tourism rather than whirlwind driving tours. For a taste of what else is out there, check out the Map page or this wonderful film (used with permission) from Scottish filmmaker John Duncan of Drone Services UK showing just 100 possible destinations. How many have you been to? Perhaps there are some you haven't even heard of.

Our message is therefore: go off the beaten track and you'll stumble across the experiences to make your trip truly special. Visit those less popular sites, take the time to go for a quiet wander, consider staying in a single region rather than moving on every night - and discover the real Scotland. SOBT's continually expanding online guide currently covers over 1,800 places all over the country, including more than 450 walks. Lofty hill climbs, short afternoon strolls, tourist hotspots (yes, they're here too) and little-known gems: whether you're planning a holiday or exploring your local area, hopefully you'll be able to find inspiration here. Scotland's influence - past and present - extends beyond its modern border, so I've also featured a few spots on the English side of the boundary.

I aim to tell it like it is. If I love a place, I'll say so. If I was underwhelmed, I'll mention that too. If I don't feel a place is worth visiting, it won't be featured at all.

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We all have a duty to look after the places we explore in Scotland. This includes taking away all of our litter, taking care not to damage the natural or built environment, and adhering to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code - which covers where we can go and how to behave while doing so. Please make sure you are familiar with the code before you go on a trip, by reading the guides on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

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  1. In 1980 I visited Scotland on a 3-weeks holiday. Of this holiday I’ve kept photographs and notes which at present I am digitizing. As much as possible I look for the places I’ve been on the internet. One place I’ve been seems not to be on the internet. It’s a waterfall hidden from direct view. From on the road one can hear the water falling without seeing it. It is located near Loch Earn. The entrance to the fall is on foot up a steep hill, then through a small cave like opening, through a short corridor ending in the remnants of a more or less circular hut without its roof. Across the hut’s “window” a beautiful waterfall is to be seen. In my notes the fall is called “Edroumple Falls”. I can’t recall how I came by this waterfall’s name. It’s a beautiful waterfall and off the beaten track.

    1. Thanks very much for your anecdote! I think you may be talking about the Falls of Edinample - we have a feature page at https://www.sobt.co.uk/2016/03/falls-of-edinample.html but the waterfall now appears to be inaccessible, which is a great shame. Is this the one you were thinking of?


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