Post Card From Scotland

We enjoyed our holiday in Scotland, a couple of days were a bit rainy, but overall we had very pleasant weather.

From our cottage near Stirling we had wonderful views over the Loch/ reservoir where we had fantastic, prolonged views of  Osprey fishing, particularly on the first three days we were there. We assume they were feeding up before setting off on migration as we didn’t see them at all during the second part of the week. So lucky us!

View from our cottage window

View from our cottage window

From our cottage window

From our cottage window

We spent quite a bit of time wandering around the Loch, its surrounding fields and up onto the extensive cliffs ( or ‘craigs’ as they call them),  some of  which you can see on the opposite side of the water on these photos. The views from the top over the low moss land to the West, mountains to the North and to the Firth of Forth looking Eastward were splendid. There were a matrix of good footpaths, which was handy for navigating through the lovely dense mixed woodland, but as seems common and encouraged throughout Scotland one can wander wherever you wish, within reason.

Through the woods, Sauchie Craig.

Through the woods, Sauchie Craig.

Once again we were struck by the absence of people using these areas, you can walk all day long and only meet the odd local dog walker. We have noted this before in Scotland and also in Wales over the years. Any similar spots in the Lakes or Dales would be overrun with hoards of trippers. Only once when we inadvertently strayed on to the ‘West Highland Way’ did we come across any number of trekkers, mostly determined to describe to us every inch of path they had trod that day! we got off there quick.

From such a central base we were able to easily reach many areas without spending hours travelling. We revisited some of the places we ‘did’ when we last stayed in the Trossachs,some 20 odd years ago!

Eastern end of Loch Voil

Eastern end of Loch Voil

And discovered many others.

Loch Katerine from BenA'an

Loch Katrine from BenA’an

Loch Lomond from the path up Conic Hill

Loch Lomond from the path up Conic Hill

It’s amazing what you see!

Investigating a new mode of transport? Escape is impossible!

Investigating a new mode of transport? Escape is impossible!

White Harebells, so much for the Bluebells of Scotland!

White Harebells, so much for the Bluebells of Scotland!

Dew laden cobwebs - near Balmaha

Dew laden cobwebs – near Balmaha

Sunset over our ‘home’ Loch

Sunset over our ‘home’ Loch

We spent a day at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, much interesting stuff there.

(Sometimes I am accused of only taking ‘Busman’s Holidays’, probably
true!)

Dianella Tasmanica at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Dianella Tasmanica at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Edinburgh Botanic Garden

Edinburgh Botanic Garden

We managed to see the Fortigall Yew,  in Perthshire, an almost
mythical, certainly legendary, being, who I have often read about and seen photos of,
and yes it really is there, 3000 possibly 5000 years old!

The Fortigall Yew, well protected by walls and iron railings.

The Fortigall Yew, well protected by walls and iron railings.

On our way back to Cumbria we took in the Botanic gardens at Dawyck where Autumn seemed well under way as far as the berried trees and shrubs were concerned.

Viburnum betulifolium fruit, with dew and spiders web.

Viburnum betulifolium fruit, with dew and spiders web.

More dew laden berries, Lonicera xylosteum

More dew laden berries, Lonicera xylosteum

Absolutely marvellous, completely enthralling! Such magic.

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1 Response to Post Card From Scotland

  1. Looks like a wonderful holiday. It’s funny but I notice how crowded and busy the walk are down in England…..just more people per square mile I guess…..it’s wonderful to be able to wander freely for hours alone :-) your cottage looks like it was in a perfect spot.

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