Monday, 27 February 2012

A walk up Birnam Hill

Today was overcast but warm so I decided to go on a walk which I haven't done before, a circular route up to the top of Birnam Hill.  I took the quick back road via Murthly and parked at Quarrymill car park on the old A9.  It is quite a steep walk, in parts, going up to the top and coming down the other side is no easier but it is straightforward so you shouldn't get lost.

 Half way up you can take a wee detour to Stair Bridge and admire the view, watch out for the steep drop here.

 Great panoramic views when you get to the top, must be even more amazing on a clearer day.

Kings seat at the top.

 A birds eye view of Birnam and Dunkeld with Loch of the Lowes, Craiglush Loch and Butterstone Loch clearly visible, which reminds me that it won't be long until the Ospreys return.
 You can pick up another walk here or even go into Birnam itself or continue back to the car park.  You can also easily park in Birnam or at the Railway Station as you may be in need of refreshment after your climb and descent.

I made a video at the top here on You Tube

Friday, 24 February 2012

Caputh Bridge and the River Tay

This stretch of the River Tay is the Glendelvine Beat and it was here in 1922 that Miss Georgina Ballantine landed a salmon weighing in at 64 pounds the largest British Salmon caught by rod and reel recorded thus far.

Caputh Church

Parked up along the road in Caputh today as I was going to walk along a bit of the River Tay and took some photos of another gorgeous country church.  It is immaculate and some lovely detailing on the building.  At the end of May into June the Rhododendron flowers by the roadside are stunning.

Cargill's Restaurant and Bistro - Blairgowrie

Yesterday was hubby's birthday so we decided to go to one of the local eateries Cargill's Bistro which is located in an old mill near the riverside and so named after Cargill's Leap which is a gentle walk up the riverside.  Cargill's is a very popular place to eat and many of my guests enjoy their evening meal here and it has a large choice for all tastes and prices for all budgets. 

Excellent meal and we all cleared our plates.  We also met some other local B&B owners enjoying their meal out as well and thank you to them for buying the birthday boy a drink.