I had family on my father’s side in Aberdeenshire and I have discovered that my maternal grandfather was from Newcastleton in the old county of Roxburghshire, which is now part of the Scottish Borders. He moved down towards Newcastle, possibly in search of better work.
I had some brilliant trips around Scotland after I moved to the Scottish Borders in 1999. These included a lovely Scottish honeymoon around Perthshire and Aberdeenshire. Outwith the borders, they have also included the west coast, Inverness-shire, Moray, Fife, Stirlingshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Eskdalemuir, Argyll, Bute, Kintyre, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Culross, St Andrews, Pittenweem, Speyside, Oban, Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Islay and Easdale, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dunbar, Dundee and Aberdeen. (Forgive the list).
I took up walking seriously in about 1998, and spent several years hiking on both sides of the border in the days before I carried a camera everywhere. Some of my earliest walks involved dipping my boots in trays of chemicals during the foot and mouth epidemic, which had an enormous effect on both sides of the border.
So far, I have also walked the Borders Abbeys Way, the St Cuthbert’s way, the Berwickshire Coastal Path and the Speyside Way. I would love to cover more of Scotland on foot, particularly the Northern Highlands and Islands and the Western Isles.
I recently started doing voluntary outdoor conservation work in Scotland as a way of giving something back for the pleasure I gain from my trips there.
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Scotland walks Playlist
I started recording my walks on video in 2012 to share the beauty of the walks with others. Above is a link to a playlist of my recent walks in Scotland.