This morning, we departed our lodgings in Birnam and embarked on a tour of central Scotland as follows:

First to Amulree and then along narrow, single track roads through the remote Glen Quaich area with views of the rugged landscape heavily populated with sheep and covered in heather. The route took us past Taymouth Castle which is an impressive early 19th century edifice which once hosted Queen Victoria.

Glen Quaich, Perthshire, Scotland

Glen Quaich Scenery, Scotland

Taymouth Castle, Perthshire, Scotland

Next to Croft Moraig prehistoric stone circle, which dates from around 3000 BC, and then on to the impressive 18th century military bridge over the River Tay at Aberfeldy, also the site where the famous Scottish regiment known as the Black Watch was first raised.

Croft Moraig Stone Circle, Perthshire, Scotland

General Wade Bridge, Aberfeldy, Scotland

Next to Kenmore, at the eastern end of Loch Tay, where we had lunch in Scotland’s oldest inn before travelling a short distance to the Crannog Centre. Latter is a modern-day interpretation of a high status building from the Iron Age, around 500 BC. We joined in a tour of the interior of this wooden structure which is constructed on wooden piles driven into the floor of the loch a short distance from the bank.We also viewed experimental archaeology including wood-turning, fire lighting and corn grinding.

Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Scotland

Experimental Archaeology, Crannog Centre, Scotland

Next, we travelled to Killin along a narrow road tracking the south side of Loch Tay. On arrival at Killin we had lunch in a very old pub and then visited the adjacent falls where the River Dochart flows over a bed of hard rock on its way to Loch Tay, a mile or so downstream.

Falls of Dochart, Killin, Scotland

Next, to the western end of Loch Tay and then turned off north to Ben Lawers ( mountain) and the rugged scenery of Glen Lyon which was populated with sheep, deer and a small herd of Highland Cows.

Glen Lyon, Scotland

Pheasant, Glen Lyon, Scotland

After traversing Glen Lyon we arrived the historic and pretty village of Fortingall where we found picturesque thatched houses and an ancient yew tree of about 3000 years of age.

Ancient Fortingall Yew, Scotland

Thatched House at Fortingall, Scotland

Finally, we travelled along the valley to Aberfeldy and then back to Birnam via Dalguiuse and Dunkeld,  including pleasant green farmland countryside stopping briefly to view the white water sport centre at Grandtully.

Tomorrow, we travel north to Inverness.

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