Posted on 15th April 2013
I love this time of year. The clocks going forward a few weekends ago has really given me a Spring in my step. The weather may not have cleared to be quite as sunny as we’d like but the light evenings are just beautiful in this part of the country. A real tonic after the long hard winter we’ve had.
I’ve been chatting to our local walking expert, Felicity Martin, about arranging planned “Stay & Walk” packages at the apartment. Felicity has written several books around walking in the area and we’ve just bought her collection of four for each of the apartments. Felicity is a writer and photographer whose work focuses on landscapes and natures while out walking and cycling in Scotland. She is a wealth of knowledge let me tell you and I for one will be there with my walking poles and camera when we set the dates for our guided walks.
So between Felicity’s books sitting winking at me in the office and these gorgeous clear nights I’ve been inspired to get out and explore a little bit of Perthshire this week – on foot! Perthshire has an amazing network of walks all carefully planned out and marked for you to follow easily. I know I’ve said it before but the surrounding countryside is wonderful and strolling through this amazing scenery makes you feel wonderful! Hippocrates said “Walking is man’s best medicine” and after my walks this week I can see exactly what he meant!
I was on Kinnoull hill over Easter so wanted to try something a little different without going too far. Moncrieffe Hill is an easy start for novice walkers like myself and it’s really near Brig Farm Shop so you can get a cuppa and scone when you’re finished! Now that’s my sort of walk!
Moncrieffe Hill Wood is a beautiful mixed woodland of towering Douglas fir, European larch, majestic Scots pine and a rich autumnal tapestry of oak, ash, birch and sycamore and is just 2 miles south east of Perth. There are three waymarked trails and as well as other walkers out enjoying the hill we met runners (keen!) and people orienteering. The wood has the most amazing view-points overlooking Perthshire and The Ochil Hills – it really is stunning!
If you like a bit of history you might want to follow the tale of the Ancient Picts who chose the summit of Moncrieffe Hill to build hill forts, excellent strongholds from which to detect enemy approaching by land or water. The earthworks and foundations of Moredun Hill Fort can still be clearly seen today.
Click onto http://www.perthshire.co.uk/index.asp?lm=30 for more walks in the area or book your stay and use the fantastic books from Felicity now in all apartments! Why not take full advantage of our late availability rates and book a mid-week stay over May. We have some really fantastic rates especially if you’re joining us in groups of 4 or more – have a look online now! http://www.alexanderresidence.co.uk/book-now.php.