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Illustration of fire-making in the Iron-Age at the Crannog Centre

Today marked an adverse change in weather.

We departed our Dunkeld lodgings for Amulree and then embarked on a drive through Glen Quaich but heavy fog resulted in negligible visibility despite which we were able to observe a number of unusual birds: Quail, Red Grouse, Pheasant and a Hawk (or similar bird of prey).

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Nesting swan at Lochleven Castle

This morning, benefiting from sunny, dry weather we embarked on a trip, ex-Edinburgh. as follows:

  • First, to Linlithgow Palace, a former Stuart royal palace on banks of a loch (lake). Thus former high status residence is where Mary was born on or about Dec 7th 1542 although the actual room is no longer intact. In 1746 the palace was destroyed by fire, apparently accidentally, in course of occupation by Redcoat soldiers.However, the basic stone structure remains intact and makes for a rewarding visit and insight into the Renaissance period.

Linlithgow Loch

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Ruthven Barracks

This evening, I am posting information on a recent interesting and varied group hike which combined the ruins of Ruthven Barracks (a former Redcoat fort from the 18th century), a crossing of remote and unmarked heather moorland, a descent through the beautiful birchwoods of Glen Tromie and then through the bird ┬áreserve overlooking the Insh Marshes which is one of Britain’s finest wetlands.

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