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Browsing Posts published in May, 2009

Today, we set off from magical Perthshire, leaving behind green rolling fields, sheep and big trees to head north. After a refreshment stop at Spittal of Glenshee (about 45 mins north of Pitlochry) we arrived at Balmoral, a Highland Castle and estate owned by the Royal Family since 1852. We seem to have been granted VIP status as the gatekeeper allowed us to drive right up to the coach park close to the castle itself.

Balmoral basked in brilliant sunshine which afforded great photo opps.

After an hour or so we moved on from Balmoral, heading N.W. to Inverness through stunning Highland scenery via Grantown-on-Spey (a major whisky producing centre) to our destination, Castle Stuart.

Castle Stuart is a genuine castle which has been refurbished to a high standard to accommodate small groups of visitors and extend genuine Highland hospitality under guidance of the delightful host, Caroline.

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Key activities today were fishing on the River Tay at Lower Kinnaird and hunting with hawks
at Gleneagles. In the moring one member of the group visted Blair Castle and gardens.

Weather was fantastic with bright sunshine and temp over 23C at times.

Hunting with the hawks proved more productive than the fishing! Maybe the fish
don’t like the sun?

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Today,weather commenced cloudy but improved to brilliant sunshine as day progressed.

We started with a visit to Scotland’s first capital at Forteviot and then to Dunning to see
the famous Dupplin Cross which dates from around the 9th century.

Then on to the famous Gleneagles Hotel where the group availed of a fascinating falconry experince.
We are planning more falconry tomorrow. After Gleneagles we had a spot of lunch at Blackford and then a
private tour of Tullibardine Whisky Distillery.

Next we drove to Kenmore on Loch Tay via Ardoch Roman Fort and the stunning,Glen Quaich route and had a quick look
at the unique Crannog.

Finally, we headed back to lodgings at Kinnaird via Aberfeldy and witnessed exciting
White Water Rafting at Grandtully.

A great day with more to come tomorrow.

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