Today, we benefited from dry weather, starting as overcast with mist but progressively evolving into heat and sunshine.  We departed our Birnam base along a country road to Amulree where we turned off along a single track. mountain road which took us to Kenmore on Loch Tay. En-route we stopped for photos and encountered numerous, newly shorn sheep. There was even a hint of residual snow on one mountain top.

Backroads

As we approached Kenmore we stopped to photograph Taymouth Castle and the (re-created Iron-Age) Crannog then went down into the village where we stopped for a short break at the Kenmore Hotel which sits where the River Tay starts its long journey from Loch Tay.

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Taymouth Castle


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Next, along the northern bank of Loch Tay where we briefly witnessed an endangered red squirrel crossing the road. After about 15 minutes we reached Fortingall with its famous 5000 ( approx.) year old yew tree, possibly the oldest living organism in Europe.

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Next, we tracked the River Lyon into Glen Lyon and then on, via another single track high elevation road, to Killin at the southern end of Loch Tay. This road provided more scenic photo opps with sheep and mountain streams. We also stopped at Lochan-na-Lairig, a mad made reservoir.

Photo Stop on way to Killin

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At Killin we stopped for lunch at a pub overlooking the scenic Falls of Dochart, a lateral waterfall.

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After lunch we drove back to Kenmore along the northern bank of Loch Tay and then on to Croft  Moraig ( Mary’s Farm) to visit one of the best examples of a prehistoric stone circle on mainland Scotland.

Croft Moraig

Next to nearby Aberfeldy where guests toured the whisky distillery which is branded as Dewar’s World of Whisky.

Next, we paid a brief visit to Birnam and Dunkeld Golf Club and then a brief spot of bird watching at Loch of the Lowes wildlife centre which is famous for its Ospreys.

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Tomorrow, we head north via Loch Ness.

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