I had family on my father’s side in Aberdeenshire and Bo’ness 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 borders in 1999. These included a lovely Scottish honeymoon around Perthshire, Angus and Aberdeenshire and a trip to Edinburgh for the opening of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. Outwith the borders, trips have also included Moray, the Trossachs, Eskdalemuir, Argyll, Bute, Kintyre, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Culross, St Andrews, Pittenweem, Speyside, Oban, Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Islay and Easdale, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Dunbar. (Forgive the list).
I took up walking and cycling seriously in about 1998, and spent several years hiking on both sides of the border. Some of my early 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. I have been doing more hiking and camping trips, as well as some voluntary outdoor conservation work in Scotland to give something back for the pleasure I have gained from my trips and holidays 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. I have added a few walks which cross onto both sides of the border, and some which are along the border which makes them difficult to categorise. This isn’t meant to offend anyone.