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Scotland - Perthshire

Aaaahhhhhh bonnie Scotland. After a frantic few weeks and sweltering London heat (great for holidays not so great for working), this week in Perthshire, Scotland could not have come soon enough.

Active yet relaxing. We spent most days walking at least six miles through beautiful Scottish countryside, surrounded by hills clad in beautiful purple heather. Walks also took in lots of water -- clean looking rivers and lochs that Scotland is famous for as well as pretty wild flowers, lots of birdlife, and the odd deer, red squirrel, and other animal life.

We started gently with a walk along the River Garry at Killicrankie near the pretty town of Pitlochry.

Next day we opted for something a bit more challenging in Birnam near Dunkeld.

The steep climb up Birnam Hill was exhausting, but the views from the top were well worth the effort. Returned home very tired and up for something a bit more gentle the following day.

Off we headed to the Spittal of Glenshee which turned out to be my favourite walk of the trip. Then we drove a bit higher up to Glenshee where the skiing happens in the winter.

After all the walking of the previous 3 days we decided to give ourselves a day off and drove up to Gourdon - a once fishing village where a lot of fish-related stuff still happens. Here we got ourselves some smokies (haddock and salmon which were truly delicious).

Earlier on, we had a little pootle round the beautiful sandy beach at St Cyrus followed by a lovely meal at the Cutty Sark pub in nearby Inverbervey.

Our week seemed to be rapidly coming to an end so we thought we better get a bit more walking in. We were staying near the Dunkeld, another pretty little town so headed over there, walked along the river by the Cathedral for a bit before realising that we were in the wrong place for the walk we'd intended to do. Back in the car for a short drive down the road and the start of the Hermitage walk that eventually took us to the rumbling bridge via beautiful woodland.

On our last full day we decided to end on a biggie and did a beautiful 10 mile walk through Glen Tilt near Blair Atholl. Our path took us through more beautiful woodland, above the River Tilt, surrounded by beautiful big hills. The weather was perfect for walking -- not too hot, not too cold and mostly dry. Boy were we knackered by the end of this one though...

I certainly got a lot of wear out of the walking boots I'd got in Perth and by the end of the week they were very nicely worn in!

Mary Welsh's book "Walks in Perthshire" was an excellent guide. All the walks we chose from the book were fantastic and the instructions detailed enough that we never got lost once (possibly mainly coz I wasn't involved in navigating!).

The cottage we stayed at - The Old Smithy, near Snaigow was really great too. Right near yet another beautiful Loch - the Loch of Lowes, where I spent several hours just sitting in the sun watching the birds and topping up on peace and tranquility.

I've been to Scotland before and will definitely go again -- it's a truly beautiful place.

 

 


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River Garry at Killiekrankie, Perthshire, Scotland
Killiekrankie

 

Heather, Birnam Hill, Birnam, Scotland
Birnam Hill

 

Ruins - Glenlochsie Lodge, Spittal of Glenshee, Perthshire, Scotland
Spittal of Glenshee

 

River Tay at Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland
Dunkeld

 

Glen Tilt, Perthshire, Scotland
Glen Tilt

 

Loch of Lowes, nr Snaigow, Perthshire, Scotland
Loch of Lowes

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