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Piper at Loch Lomond, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from central Edinburgh and embarked on a tour as follows:

  • First, drive west for 90 mins to our first stop at Luss, Loch Lomond. Here we saw quaint, historic houses, Loch Lomond (lake) and Ben Lomond (mountain) resplendent in morning sunshine, a talented young piper, a wedding party, Viking era ‘hogback’ burial at Luss Church, and duck with ducklings on local river.

Luss Beach, Loch Lomond.

Duck and ducklings on Luss Water.

Piper at Luss Pier, Loch Lomond.

  • Next, we drove north, tracking Loch Lomond, through Tyndrum and across Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. En-route we encountered another piper and scenic Highlands views. We stopped at Glencoe Visitor Centre for lunch and then continued north along the side of Loch Linnhe through Fort William to our next stop of Aonach Mor.

Piper at Loch Tulla, Scotland

Glencoe scenery, Scotland

  • At Aonoch Mor we took a ride up on the Mountain Gondola to a height of 650m in the midst of some of the world’s most beautiful and ancient landscapes.

View from Aonach Mor

Mountain Biking at Aonach Mor

Mountain Gondolas at Aonach Mor

  • After the Aonach Mor trip we  drove west towards Mallaig stopping to visit Glenfinnan and Loch Eilt en-route.

Loch Shiel, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Loch Eilt, Scotland

  • On arrival at the ferry/fishing port of Mallaig we checked into our lodgings in readiness for tomorrow’s crossing to Armadale, Skye.

River Tay at Birnam, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the popular village of Birnam in central Scotland. Here can be found:

  • A stretch of the River Tay along the banks of which is a walking traik.
  •  The Birnam Oak and its neighbour the Birnam Sycamore both of which are located close to the River Tay. These are thought to the sole surviving trees of the great forest that once straddled the banks and hillsides of the River Tay. This forest is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the famous Birnam Wood.
  • The Beatrix Potter Garden.This is named after the famous childrens’ author who gained inspiration for her stories when visiting the area on holiday with her parents. She also undertook research on fungi (mushrooms) in the area.
  • The Birnam Arts and Conference Centre.
  • Hotels, shops and lodgings.
  • A railway station.
  • The adjacent village of Dunkeld.
  • Golf.
  • Opportunities for hiking.

Like Dunkeld, Birnam provides a good base for touring Scotland.

Perth Road, Birnam, Scotland

Station Road, Birnam, Scotland

Birnam Hotel, Birnam, Scotland

Birnam Oak, Birnam, Scotland

River Tay at Birnam, Scotland

Beatrix Potter Garden, Birnam, Scotland

Birnam and Dunkeld Golf Course

Osprey chick at Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Loch of the Lowes, a freshwater lake near Dunkeld in central Scotland with the following statistics:

Area: 98 ha
Surface elevation: 100 m
Mean Depth: 7.5 m
Catchment Area: 14 km²
Primary Inflow: Lunan Burn

The Loch and environs comprises a protected wildlife reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Star attraction is a pair of breeding Ospreys in addition to which visitors may be able to spot:

  • Rare Red Squirrels.
  • Deer.
  • Wildflowers.
  • Wildfowl
  • Various small birds at the feeding tables.

This scenic area also includes aquatic flora, reed beds, woodland and wildflowers.

There is a visitor centre, hides for the birdwatchers plus a webcam.

Here is a video clip of the Loch.

Osprey nest at Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld

View of Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld, Scotland

View of Loch of the Lowes from hide.