Ever wanted to get out into the Ochil Hills you can see from the windows in the Century Bar? Then leave the beers till later, pull on some walking shoes, and let’s go! This route can be made short or long, depending on how adventurous (and fit) you’re feeling. Follow the main track through the conifers of the Glen Sherup Forest before emerging onto a grassy path which leads all the way to the summit of a Donald, Innerdownie Hill (611m). The ascent might leave you a bit out of puff, but the stunning views across Perthshire at the top make it worthwhile. Either toast your achievement with a flask of warm slow gin before heading back the way you came if you only want a brisk two-hour country hike, or soldier on across the beautiful rugged landscape of two more Donalds, Whitewisp Hill (643m) and Tarmangie Hill (645m) for a ten-mile challenge, if you want to make a full day of it!
5. Ben Ledi, Callander *
Set in the beautiful Trossachs National Park, locals have been climbing this mighty mountain for centuries. The summit, which looms high over the bustling wee town of Callander, is believed to have been the site of Pagan and Wiccan rituals in ancient times, while Victorian poet, Sir Walter Scott, popularised the mountain’s appeal in his narrative poem, ‘The Lady of the Lake’. Since then, hillwalkers have been trekking to the top of this mountain in their droves and, when you see the breath-taking views from the top, it’s not surprising! Though it falls just short of being classified a Munro – at 879m it’s known as a ‘Corbett’ – this 4 – 6 hour walk is still a steep challenge demanding a good level of fitness.
6. Ben Vorlich, Lochearnhead *