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9 August 2021

A stunning video has been added to the "Scottish Finest Nature"- page!

This video produced by David Linnett shows the grandeur of the North West Highlands. Breathtaking!

30 July 2021

Added 2 stunning pix on the blog of Hartleap B&B

This B&B is a true Borders resort!

7 July 2021

And another blog from Duncan!

See below..a new blog on the Mound of Death.

4 July 2021

A new blog on the block! Welcome Duncan!

Duncan Harley, author of The A-Z of Curious Aberdeenshire and The Little History of Aberdeenshire has been so kind to grace Scotland's Finest with an interesting titbit. Have a look at the Blogs page.

18 June 2021

A very Interesting new entry on the Links page

The Adventure People is committed to providing adventures that are original, ethical and great value for money. They provide small, guided groups that you can join as a solo traveller, as a pair or with your own group. You have the expertise of our local guides leading you and helping uncover the destinations’ best-kept secrets and you have like-minded adventurers to share the experience with. If you prefer a more independent experience try one of their self-guided tours, where they can equip you with everything you will need and you can explore at your own pace. Their experts can advise on the best trips according to your criteria and make suggestions to help you get the most out of your trip.

23 February 2021

Busy with the ownership of the pictures used on this site.

I never much bothered with the ownership of the pictures I used on this site, but then it started to dawn on me that this is a very serious 'thing' with possible very serious financial consequences.. So.....I have to look at every page whether the ownership has been made sufficiently clear. If not.....I'll make it clear! Could take a while. In the mean time Dumfries & Galloway is progressing slowly.

17 February 2021

A 'special' on the First War of Independence has just been added!

I've been wanting to do this for a long time. Wonder what you think of it!

14 February 2021

The Shetland Islands are now live. Not many entries yet. More coming!

There are 4 more regions to tackle. Due to personal circumstances it might take some time however before the next region comes online. Do stay with me in the meantime please! I will be back!!!

10 February 2021

As of today 10 februari all Region pages offer the added option to have a look at an overall map!

If you now pick a region you can from that particular page access the overall map!

8 February 2021

.....and another blog! This time on Orkney!

A very accessible blog on Judith's fascination with the Orkney Islands.

7 February 2021

The Orkney Islands have been added!

The Orkney Isles, a heaven for those interested in ancient brochs, Vikings and Picts. Only a few entries. More to be added in the future!

3 February 2021

A new blog! Again? Yes, it's a true Victorian Tale.....

As blogs go, you never know what stories and tales will pop up. I like this one!

2 February 2021

It has taken a long time, but finally that region has been 'done'.........for the moment!

29 January 2021

A new blog by our spirited Judith on the many delights of Glen Garroch ("Geery") Distillery.

I've been to quite a few distilleries myself but Glen Garrioch sounds very.....attractive!

23 January 2021

Scotland's most pleasant, interesting or picturesque villages/small towns are now live! Not quite done yet!

Twenty more to go!

16 January 2021

Opening a whole new category shortly.

Next to the existing categories (castles etc.) there will be a new category on the most pleasant, interesting or picturesque villages/small towns in Scotland.

13 January 2021

Looking for a GPX-file on a specific walk in Scotland? I might help you out!

Use the Contact page for enquiries!

9 January 2021

A new blog by Judith!

A blog on the ancient treasures of Kilmartin Glen.

8 january 2021

Just stopped pottering! Time for a new region!

Perthshire now has my full attention. Will not take very long. Probably this week.

6 January 2021

Still pottering away at the Long Distance Trails

This takes way longer than I anticipated. There are not only glaring mistakes in the different descriptions but also the 'intersections' between the different trails require quite some looking into as do the maps. Sorry.

23 December 2020

Checked all the entries on the regional maps and reworked the pages on the Cairngorms and the Trossachs.

Still found quite a few omissions and blatant mistakes. Made me grumble! When 'filling' a new site with content one really has to be a multi-tasker (I'm not.....but I'm learning!)

16 December 2020

Added the SCRAN Search Box! This is a very interesting tool that you'll find on the Places to visit in Scotland page.

Just have a look. This is really a wonderfull tool that offers near endless possibilities!

13 December 2020

Combined the former About page with the Why page into the ME & WHY page.

There was a certain redundancy contained in the texts on these pages. Combining these pages feels better.

11 December 2020

Added a number of new interesting places to visit.

There were a couple of interesting 'items' (15 to be exact) that needed to be included. To name just a few: Eas Mòr Waterfall , Wailing Widow Falls, Eas a Chual Aluinn Waterfall, Dumbarton Castle, Midhope Castle and Traquair House.

3 December 2020

On the main LDWT-page there is now 1 map (instead of 3) with an overview of all the walking trails. Heritage Paths have been added.

Although a few details still need attention I do consider this whole walking business as 'done' (for now)

29 November 2020

Spent the last few days at least 3 hours a day getting the Long Distance Walks pages just right. On the main LDWT-page there is now 1 map (instead of 3) with an overview. That map will be done in a few days.

It may seem as if I prefer working on the walking trails instead of getting more regions done. I think I actually do like getting the trails absolutely right. These trails, however, are also the backbone (with ribs) of the whole site. Once they are fully 'alligned' it will be much easier getting the regions on line.

25 November 2020

Still hard at work with the Perthshire, Angus & Dundee region.

Also made small changes to the lay-out of the Long Distance Walks pages. Now also adding the 'visitable places' en route and the stages to the trail maps.

Here an example of the (rather subtle) changes.

The Long Distance Walks pages needed some doing as they had some issues when viewing them on a smartphone. Hope that's finally settled!

16 November 2020

See 6 November: New rating system has been fully implemented

Finally a new region is to be added soon!

14 November 2020

Added a new blog

I came across this article and want to share it with all those who consider history as a total bore.

6 November 2020

See 5 November: Have started on the overhaul of the rating system.

Two regions are done. I will not post more news on that item untill all regions are done.

5 November 2020

Caithness, Sutherland & Ross and Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) now have GPS/Map links on the Region page (See 26 October).

Directly from the region page to the map!

New insights: I (slowly) started to realize that my present rating system is inherently 'flawed' (confusing to visitors of Scotland's Finest and unfair to owners and caretakers of the different sites). Before finally moving on to adding more places to visit I should get that done first.

3 November 2020

Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn now have GPS/Map links on the Region page (See 26 October).

Also a new blog on the Military Roads.

Directly from the region page to the map!

2 November 2020

Isle of Skye & Kyle of Lochalsh now have GPS/Map links on the Region page (See 26 October).

Also added yesteryear's Military Roads on the Heritage Paths page!!

Directly from the region page to the map!

1 November 2020

Aviemore & The Cairngorms now have GPS/Map links on the Region page (See 26 October).

Directly from the region page to the map!

30 October 2020

Finally! A new blog! Read The Heartleap Experience

Also: Aberdeen(shire) & Moray now have GPS/Map links on the Region page (See 26 October).

A very, very interesting B&B!!!

29 October 2020

See 26 October: Argyll & The Isles and Fort William, Ben Nevis & Lochaber now also have GPS/Map links on the Region page.

Directly from the region page to the map!

28 October 2020

See 26 October: Edinburgh and Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs now also has GPS/Map links on the Region page.

Directly from the region page to the map!

27 October 2020

See 26 October: Lothian & Scottish Borders now also has GPS/Map links on the Region page.

Directly from the region page to the map!

26 October 2020

Adding GPS/Map links on the Region pages. Just England so far. The other regions will follow.

Just to make it easier to provide a direct link from a region page to a particular visitable place on the map..

24 October 2020

Looking forward to the upcoming blogs from Mike Brockhurst "The Walking Englishman" and from Lindsay Lewis from Heartleap B&B in the Scottish Borders.

I've asked Mike and Lindsay to contribute to Scotland's Finest. Mike's blog will probably about the many joys of walking (he's an absolute fanatic) and Lindsay might very well............. Allright, let's just wait and see!

14 October 2020

Added Glen Etive Scenic Abundance to Scenic Routes

Also exchanged the 'home grown' maps for Google maps.

I feel a bit ashamed I have not included this wonderful drive earlier.

5 October 2020

Putting extra time in the SEO

For those who don't have a clue: SEO = Search Engine Optimization. So, I'm doing some 'things' in the background that should have a positive effect on the site's relationship with different search engines. It is also more work than I anticipated. Nevertheless it has to be done!

26 September 2020

Added a new blog

A blog on the quandary I find myself in whether to promote or keep 'finds' to myself!

3 September 2020

  • Added more 'body' on the Vikings in History.
  • An overview of 'all' the Long Distance Walks is to be found at the bottom of the LDW-page. Due to the limitations set by Google the Scottish National Trail, the Cross Borders Drove Road, the Deeside Way and the trails from the Way of St Andrews can only be found on their respective pages.

Reading the History page from the start I noticed there was hardly any information on the somewhat troubled  'relationship' between Scots and Vikings. That has been remedied.

1 September 2020

All the trails now have downloadable GPX-files.

These files are of major importance as you might want to import them in your own mapping software.

28 August 2020

Added "The Way of St Andrews" (4 separate routes) as Long Distance Trails. Also added the Cross Borders Drove Road and the Deeside Way.

These are the last trails that will be added....for now.

23 August 2020

The Long Distance Trails are all done (for now). It's about time I start out again on opening up a few more regions and new entries.

I have a few more Ideas about the walks but that will have to wait. Problem is I can't find the gpx-files from the Heritage Paths. Would love to put these on the map as well.

16 August 2020

Have started out adding better maps to the individual Long Distance Walks pages. The Affric Kintail Way is the first.

Although not perfect, these new maps are better than the old 'home grown' maps.

13 August 2020

Added a very nice video to the blog on Saughtree Railway Station

A video made by one of their guests. Well done.

11 August 2020

Almost all the links to the OS maps are finally back in working order.

Found a link that does not work? Let me know!

I can't spend much time on the website at the moment, but the flow of content will pick up in the next few days/weeks. There are still a few regions to go. Found also new interesting places to visit that must be included.

20 July 2020

Added a deeply moving video to the home page

I've not seen and experienced such a stunning video in a long time. You will love it!

15 July 2020

The URL change with regard to the Ordnance Survey maps has been postponed to the 23 of July. Untill then the present URL's should work.

Although the site's visitor shouldn't notice anything, I promise to keep an eye on this administrative "hassle".

10 July 2020

The small maps on the different "entry pages" are being moved to the top right corner in order to bring these pages in line with the Long Distance Trails pages.

As I said; To bring these pages in line.

30 June 2020

Added blog on the fantastic Heritage Paths Project

Just read it!

17 June 2020

Long Distance Walking Trails: Started adding links to relevant Ordnance Survey Maps (1:25).

At the moment the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Annandale Way. The others will follow shortly!

11 June 2020

Added blog on the lack of response.........Anybody Out There?

Calling upon the 'community' to communicate!

4 June 2020

Added a stunning Virtual Tour to the blog on Rosslyn Chapel

This is fantastic! Turn up the sound.......

3 June 2020

Added blog on Overlordship

Edward I gave it another go, but his successors failed in the end.

31 May 2020

Returned to a 'normal' banner on the HOME page

Although at first I really liked the animated banner, there was something irritating about it.

20 May 2020

Added buttons (bottom of the pages) to share on your social media.

Makes it a lot easier for viewers to....share.

18 May 2020

In truth there is nothing NEW to report

Simply to let you know that this is a sort of sabbatical. There are so many other 'things' going on that my priorities have changed for now. This is temporary! I will be back shortly!!!!!

1 May 2020

A new animated banner on the HOME page!

A little later than expected but it's done! I love it!

27 April 2020

Added a video to the Cairngorms National Park and a

video to the blog on the NC500

Just adds a nice touch.

25 April 2020

Playing with the Idea of an animated banner on the Home page.

Looking at https://cameronmcneish.wixsite.com/cameronmcneish/bio I thought it would be nice to have a somewhat similar animated banner on this site. Still not really happy with the one I have right now. Hope to change that in the near future.

19 April 2020

Judith is very productive. Another blog!

Visiting stunning Rosslyn Chapel.

18 April 2020

The History page has been expanded with information on the early (oft obscure) rulers in Scotland.

The separate page on the rulers of early Scotland has been deleted. The info has been incorporated in the History page.

13 April 2020

A blog from guest blogger Judith was added today

A personal tour of Traquair House.

5 April 2020

Added a video of a very moving song performed by Karin Matheson (Capercaille): "Crucán na bPáiste" on the Home page.

Very special!

3 April 2020

VisitScotland has produced a dedicated video "Absence makes the heart grow fonder". See the Home page.

A virtual hug to fans of Scotland, near and far, with a heart-warming film asking them to dream about visiting now, but to travel later.

2 April 2020

A blog from guest blogger Rachel was added today

An then there were 3 bloggers!

1 April 2020


27 March 2020

And another blog! This time on the NC500.

Just one more for the road!

26 March 2020

Published another somewhat melancholy blog

I just wish..............

21 March 2020

A short blog from a guest blogger was added today

Our Scotland expert "on site" has provided a short blog to be published on Scotland's Finest.

19 March 2020

Started a regular blog

I will try to write a new blog every 2 or 3 weeks.

15 March 2020

Adding more substance to published items.

Although the next region is about halfway done, I've decided to add some more substance to the entries allready published, first.

I found myself being less and less happy with these published entries, as quite a lot of them did not have enough 'flesh' on their bones.

I might have started all this because personally it gives me a lot of fun, but on the other hand, the 'dot on the horizon' (an attractive and, above all, informative website) should be what I'm aiming for. Just bear with me.

6 March 2020

Twentyfour entries added.

24 February 2020

Sixteen entries added.

24 February 2020

Redesigned the WALKS, ROUTES & PATHS page

Presentation of this page on the smartphone was awful. Hopefully fixed now.

22 February 2020

The HERITAGE PATHS are live!

These paths connect the different Long Distance Walking Trails. They're a welcome addition!

20 February 2020

Added "Glen Roy and the Braeroy Road" to SCENIC ROUTES

A great route to try out next time you are near Roybridge.

15 February 2020

The region Argyll & The Isles is now live!

Forty interesting entries added.

10 February 2020

Made space available  on TRAILS/ROUTES for the "Heritage Paths"

Details on the "Heritage Paths" will be added in the forthcoming months,

10 February 2020

Have re-opened PLACES TO VISIT

Solved a few issues and, although not all regions are 'done' yet, there is enough content to 'go public'.

6 February 2020

Added photo's to Long Distance Walking Trails


5 February 2020

Hope to finish Argyll & The Isles within a few days!