Between Dollar and Muckhart in Clackmannanshire at Cowden there is a hidden Japanese Garden which has been restored to it's former glory and is now open to the public. We went down a couple of weeks ago to have a look at what has been done. My family used to live very nearby so in my youth I remember going to look at it when it was in it's abandoned state. You can get the full history about it on their website https://cowdengarden.com/ It was very busy on the day we visited so, unfortunately, the majority of my photos seemed to contain a lurking figure in them, so have just posted non lurking people photos. Anyway, it is another place you should visit if in the area. If you are up at Castle Campbell in Dollar, you can go along a back road to the garden instead of going back down onto the main road.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Rather typically on the day we visited Culloden Battlefield it was a bit drizzly and misty. I suppose it adds to the atmosphere. Culloden was packed out with visitors soaking up the history. Naturally it has become a hot spot for Outlander Fans because of the association and the filming at the Clan Fraser grave marker. The ground around the grave marker was very scuffed obviously with it being a 'highlight'. Perhaps not totally appropriate to be taking selfies on a war grave but.....it happens. Pictures are a bit naff with the rain. I have been to Culloden on several occasions, but they now have a massive visitor centre.
On our little break away, it was a short break, we based ourselves at Hillside Havens just outside of Dufftown. It is a newish luxury glamping experience and I was very impressed with it all. There are four glamping pods in a wonderful setting and they are equipped with absolutely everything you need. It is staggering how much you can fit into a pod and yet still have space. I would highly recommend staying. If I had a plot of land I could quite happily live in one and get rid of all the unnecessary clutter you seem to accumulate in your life.