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Finnich Glen added to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Scotland by stubbyd on 31/12/2019

Parking: There is a tiny lay-by which will take 2 or 3 cars but ¼mile up the road is a junction with more parking there. Access: access is via style and / or gate (if fixed) and is through a forested area. This can be very wet and muddy and treacherous underfoot so extreme caution is advise as you are near to a gorge. If you follow the footpath for approx 10 / 15m walk you will see an obvious cleft the descends into teh gorge and it has a staricase [fx: cough]. When I was there this taircase was slippy, non-existant in places and plain suicidal in others. Hopefully it will get fixed up due to the interest generated by Outlander. Weather: Pay attention to the wetaher as flash floods occur in these gorges and you may not get the same access as myself after a relatively dry summer / autumn. Bottom Line: I do not advise tackling this unless you are either nuts, a regular hill / cliff scrambler or both. I got down but typically wear full wet weather gear so I was sliding at some points. Suffice to say it's a "little bit iffy". Flying Your Drone:this is a bit like the access and I don't advise doing so or not doing so, just that I did. Be sure your manual flying skills are up to scratch though as my drone would not get a reliable GPS lock due to a. being in a gorge and b. possibly the iron ore in the rocks messing with it. I tried to hover at one point to grab a 360 pano and my drone simply would not remain stable and drifted several metres in random directions. HOWEVER: if you do go then what you are greeted with is stunning red and green cliffs and a red stream / river running through. If you decide to wade upstream then you can get to the devil's pulpit (the lump or rock middle top in my image). Would I go again - hell yes.

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Co-ordinates: 56.03136, -4.417421 • what3words: ///envoy.scrolled.examine

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Loyn Bridge (By stevesb)

there is an area just off the bridge where six cars can park, and then walk either way up or down the river to fly

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Co-ordinates: 54.1212, -2.641572 • what3words: ///canal.measure.texts

Dolwyddelan Castle, Snowdonia (By Mavic2Pro)

CADW property, but you can take off from the fields across the road. The car park was empty when I visited due to COVID.

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Co-ordinates: 53.05296, -3.908295 • what3words: ///toothpick.direct.trucked

Llanberis Pass (A4086) (By Mavic2Pro)

Beautiful but rugged location. Park in car park at top of pass, along the road or in Llanberis (and get the shuttle bus). Mountains, streams, bridges, cliffs - amazing.

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Co-ordinates: 53.08077, -4.022777 • what3words: ///cries.screamed.defected

Easby Abbey (By Barny81)

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Co-ordinates: 54.39753, -1.715455 • what3words: ///leads.guidebook.ripe

Lochindorb (By Barny81)

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Co-ordinates: 57.40521, -3.707542 • what3words: ///photo.buying.surprises

Blackwater Falls (By Jogort)

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Co-ordinates: 57.63656, -4.677479 • what3words: ///comment.slings.sapping

Lowgill Viaduct, South Lakeland (By CSB73)

Lowgill Viaduct was built in 1859 by Joseph Locke. It has been disused for years and is now classed as listed. Parking around here is limited so could be tricky. There is a small layby under one of the arches so this is a possibility if you are lucky. I flew on a windy day so couldn't get much altitude with the quad. Also both the M6 and the West Coast mainline are close by but shouldn't be a concern if flying responsibly.

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Co-ordinates: 54.36229, -2.591888 • what3words: ///agreement.couple.proves

Leaderfoot, Melrose, Scottish Borders (By Drumsagard)

From the small car park just off the A68 walk down to the viewpoint at the old Drygrange Bridge. From their go through the gate on the old minor road on your left which leads up the hill to the Trimontium Roman site. My TOAL spot was at the edge of the minor road (closed to traffic and is now a public footpath) at the Trimontium information board.

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Co-ordinates: 55.60292, -2.681093 • what3words: ///script.adapt.intelligible

Bennerley viaduct (By sdj_drones)

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Co-ordinates: 52.98973, -1.297588 • what3words: ///tape.visits.focus

Mount Snowdon, North Wales (By Mavic2Pro)

Quite an easy walk up to Llyn Llydaw on the Miners Track (even for me with a lung missing lol). Park at the Pen-y-pass car park at the top of the Llanberis Pass (A4086). The views of Snowdon are spectacular. From Llyn Llydaw you can stride out and continue the ascent of the mountain if you have the energy (and water!).

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Co-ordinates: 53.07069, -4.040177 • what3words: ///chucked.shells.overtime


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