RUTH LUCKHURST

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News Special -

is a guide­book writer and reg­u­lar Coun­try Walk­ing con­trib­u­tor. She’s for­tu­nate enough to call the High­lands home.

‘‘ Es­tab­lished by Queen Vic­to­ria as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, to­day Pitlochry’s sump­tu­ous ar­chi­tec­ture is com­ple­mented by ev­ery­thing you’d want for a great week­end on foot. Good paths lead up through woods into a moor­land land­scape lit­tered with ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains: hut cir­cles and stand­ing stones, some dat­ing back to Ne­olithic times. There are spec­tac­u­lar views over the River Tum­mel, Loch Faskally and the rich pas­toral land­scape above them, to the dis­tant moun­tains be­yond. For the ex­pe­ri­enced hill­walker with the right gear, Ben Vrackie hov­ers tempt­ingly over it all. ’’

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