The wooded hillside walk to St David's Well in Weem Wood, near Aberfeldy is certainly very steep but beautifully lush with birds singing everywhere. There are also carvings hidden away in the bushes and wonderful rock formations and caves that were first used as a hermit's retreat, by St Cuthbert in the early days of Christianity. It is named after St David, the laird's son from Castle Menzies who occupied it when he took on an austere religious life in the fifteenth century. The photo shows some of the ferns growing around the well.
Another very steep walk took us through a forestry plantation up to Castle Dow at Sketewan between Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. Castle Dow is the site of a prehistoric hill fort. Today there are broken stone walls and a series of 19th Century cairns (see photo). There is also a sheep fold here.
We also had a couple of pretty hilly walks up to see some waterfalls, but I'll blog about those walks tomorrow!