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Looking at george42's photos of Edinburgh made me jealous

So here's a photo of my route this morning.

I live in a small village which is at the foot of what is a molehill in terms of Swanscot's Highlands ... but it's a mountain to me. In 32 years living here, I've only been up the track twice. But then, I used to spend my life sitting on a couch ...

So, after 15 months of running, and having taken on Mount Lofty and the Lomonds, I reckoned it was time to do Cults. Boy - to describe it as a rough track is an understatement. But I did it - up the hill to the disused limeworks, along the Cults road to the old brickworks (I have to say that it's all much more picturesque than it sounds), down to the main road past Cults Farm and the last mile home along the A914, buffeted by the bow wave of passing lorries. Just over four miles altogether, and a new route added to my notebook.

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Malcy I've lived on the doorstep of Cults for over 42 years and have never been on this track, will have to do some investigations. I'm still trying to conquer Jacobs Ladder, maybe this summer!!! Well done though on your run, track running for me is harder than roads. What next then young man!?! ;)

MalcyGraduate in reply to Oldgirl

Sorry, not Aberdeen ... see canidoit's post below

That is fantastic! Thank you for the photo, and excellent description. I bet this becomes one of your 'regulars'. Isn't it funny how natural it is to be inspired by someone else; whether it be a route, a photo, a great-reading blog, statistics, and so on. It helps us to think 'outside the box' so to speak. The 5x50 challenge has certainly been a great inspiration for me, reading about where the challenge has taken us all; literally, physically and mentally.


Hey Oldgirl, that's what I thought. I go up Jacob's ladder every day (by car) but I just checked and he's in Cults, Forfar! It looks great. Well done Malcy.

MalcyGraduate in reply to Canidoit

Sorry, not Forfar either ... It's the "real" Cults - near Cupar

OldgirlGraduate in reply to Malcy

Nana Malcy, Aberdeen's has the real Cults, followed by Cupar, then Forfar. I wonder if there are any more in the country!?! Ahhh well Cupar's a bit too far to go for a run, will have to check out the pathways/tracks around our Cults which has loads of forest tracks which link to the forest tracks that I run on now. Happy running, its always nice to find a new route.

MalcyGraduate in reply to Oldgirl

Well, Mrs Malcy's dad came from the Aberdeen Cults so I suppose there must be some good things up there :) There are lots of good roads through the forests around there though. I used to be the photographer for the Scottish Rally Championship and spent many happy days in Durris, Fetteresso, Clashindarroch and so on.

Clashindarroch - that sounds like something out of Dr Findlay's Casebook, doesn't it?

OldgirlGraduate in reply to Canidoit

Haha Candoit you made me laugh there, I used to cycle up JL many, many years ago. Last summer I ran up all of Abbotshall Rd, then JL but never quite managed both together, maybe this year if the weather is kinder to us.


Lovely looking track - a bit like the one I went up yesterday, though yours is wider. My one is a bridlepath, and used by horses, and some bits are quagmires, where you have to balance round the edges, unless wearing wellies. Gorgeous though.

It's great discovering new routes nearby. :)


Such loveliness! So pretty compared to the plains of Kansas, here in the USA. We have miles and miles of flat, brown land effected by a drought. I love seeing the beautiful pics everyone is sharing! Gayle


That looks lovely, far nicer than the Jacobs Ladder in Edinburgh which is a set of very steep higgeldy stairs.

I have just come back from running in Roslin, cheated though and ran downhill.


Thanks for sharing. It's great to have an off-road route on your doorstep. It looks like it will be a great place to run in he dappled sunlight in the middle of summer.

OldgirlGraduate in reply to swanscot

Ah Swanscot if only we can have some of that 'dappled sunlight' this summer, fingers crossed me thinks ;)


Lovely place. Know roughly where it is as my satnav used to be determined to make me turn right at Clushford Toll going from Edinburgh to St Andrews where my son was a student.

MalcyGraduate in reply to wilmacgh

I know it well - less than two miles from here. My daughter was friends with a school chum who lived at the crossroads. But yes, it would have been a 'different' route to St Andrews ...


Great run Malcy - and looking at your map brought back fond memories of living in Cupar when OH was working as the head greenkeeper at Elmwood Golf course :)


MalcyGraduate in reply to fatmumslim

I remember when that was being constructed. Elmwood's a great local institution.

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