About a thirty-minute drive out of Glasgow lies Queens View. Otherwise known as the Whangie. It's one of our favourite local spots, combining a short and sweet walk with incredible views out to Loch Lomond and some really unusual rock formations that are fun to clamber over and explore.
It's also got a great name - and if you can supress your inner child for a moment, let me explain. Whang is a scots word for a cut or slice, which makes a lot of sense when you see the steep-sided gulley formed by the rock. Legend has it that it was created by the devil many moons ago, who slashed through the rock with a whip of his tail as he flew overhead.
Now typically, I'm not a believer in all this supernatural stuff, but this weekend, on a casual Sunday jaunt up the Whangie, something changed my mind. Rounding a corner in the rock, I stumbled across a cage.
A sturdy, well built wooden cage, just the right size for a human being. Built with a hammer and nails, the wood was well chopped and cleaned up - presumably dragged up from a small woodland some four hundred metres away. Someone had taken their time with this. They'd given it serious thought, and a decent amount of hard graft.
The question is, why? Why build a man-size cage on top of a hilltop? Maybe it's entirely innocent, but it's made me uneasy. It is October, after all, and with all hallows eve fast approaching, perhaps there's a more sinister power at play here. What do you think?
One of the most recognisable prints in Scotland, Emily Mackenzie's "50 Shades of Scotland" print manages to pick 50 simple shades from this beautiful country, and transforms them into a journey through Scottish history, and Scottish culture.
We caught up with Emily and asked her about her hometown of Edinburgh, and for her advice on how to make the most of being an artist in the city.
The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens is the green and growing heart of Edinburgh. Big enough to spend the day in, it's the perfect place to take a packed lunch and try to get lost among the trees.
If it's a little too far for you to visit, then here's a little tour from our most recent visit to the Gardens.