This is mainly for my benefit: it’s just a set of links and information that I use a lot when writing this blog. It’s not a directory of links to businesses, dodgy pharmacies, or stuff I couldn’t care less about, so don’t bother sending me begging emails.
This is a rule-of-thumb for how long a walk should take. It’s 4km per hour with an extra hour for every 600m of ascent. I’m probably slower coming downhill so I’ll probably add on a component for that too!
- Ayrshire Paths This is an initiative supported by various organisations including Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, Scottish Natural Heritage and the three Ayrshire Councils. They have signposted and improved many traditional walks and pathways around Ayrshire.
- Heritage Paths A project by the Scottish Rights of Way Society to revitalise Scotland’s heritage paths
- John Muir Way The excellent web-site for the new long-distance path.
- Mountain Weather Information Service This service provides daily forecasts for eight mountainous areas in the UK. This link is in to the Southern Uplands forecast covering the Galloway hills eastward to the Lammermuir hills.
- Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society A charity established in 1845 that works to protect and develop access to the Scottish countryside for all.
- South West Scotland Hill Walking Routes Comprehensive description of walks in the hills of SW Scotland. This excellent site got me started in walking in this area.
- National Library of Scotland Maps The definitive collection of older (And indeed, ancient) maps of Scotland to freely peruse. If, like me, you prefer reading maps to books then prepare to lose days on this site.
- Stranraer to Ayr Railway Promotes the rail link to and from the towns of Maybole, Girvan and Stranraer and the surrounding districts of Carrick and Wigtownshire in south west Scotland.
- Street Map An online mapping company. I use links to their site for all the maps. I prefer them to Google etc because they use the incomparable OS maps.