Whitewater Slalom Paddling at Grandtully, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands and drove south for a couple of hours stopping for a break and refreshments at the House of Bruar shopping mall near Blair Atholl. Here we encountered a small group of West Highland Terriers (“Westies”).

House of Bruar

Next, further south toward Dunkeld but turned off to the village of Amulree and then connected with the single track road which passes Glen Quaich and affords stunning views of the local landscape. Here we encountered numerous game birds including Black Grouse.

Glen Quaich, Perthshire, Scotland

Highland Perthshire near Kenmore.

Taymouth Castle, Kenmore, Scotland

Next, we stopped to photograph Taymouth Castle near Kenmore then into Kenmore for lunch at the marina on Loch  Tay followed by a tour of the nearby Crannog Centre. Here has been reconstructed a high status homestead from the Iron Age ( about 2000 years ago)  based on underwater archaeology in Loch Tay. During the Iron Age crannogs were commonplace in Scotland and Ireland with about eighteen on Loch Tay alone. At this site examples of experimental archaeology were provided, specifically, wood turning and fire lighting.

Firemaking at the Crannog Centre

Iron Age wood turning at Crannog Centre.

Crannog, Kenmore, Lpoch Tay

Next, to nearby Croft Moraig. This is one of the best prehistoric stone circles on mainland Scotland with the site dating back to at least 2000 BC and probably much earlier. There were three distinct phases to Croft Moraig, viz:

  • Ring of wooden posts.
  • Timbers replaced by eight stones set in an oval.
  • Circle of nine stones set around the oval with change of emphasis from S.E. to S.W.

Croft Moraig prehistoric site, Perthshire

Croft Moraig prehistoric site, Perthshire

Next, to Grandtully and a whitewater site on the River Tay which is also Scotland’s national slalom site. Here we watched a group of supervised youngsters negotiate the rapids.

Finally, we drove to Dunkeld and our lodgings for the night. Route was through rural and farming scenery populated by sheep, cattle and many game birds.

Tomorrow, we visit St Andrews and Scotland’s east coast.

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