We arrived in Blair Atholl just before mid day & spotted this band taking a salute outside Blair Castle's Gates. It was a Remembrance Service Parade held on the nearest Sunday to 11th. November. Blair Atholl is a very small place so we felt privilaged to walk with the parade to the war memorial & pay our own silent tribute.
Perth is a funny place. The High street is dominated by this old church - St Pauls - which has been empty and neglected all the time I've been here (7 years now). It is often referred to as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, because of the plants and trees that have self seeded in its gutters. And see the mould growing on its walls!
I am amused by the money spent on sign posting (not many places), but placing it in front of this mess seems a waste.
Sadly, the trust founded to preserve the church has recently (2004) disbanded and the present owners are confident they will get permission to knock it down :(
It seems Scotland just doesn't value these buildings. So if you want to see places like this - hurry!!!
Have a look at this website below. Anyone who can help with building renovation or is similarly distressed by such neglect, please get in touch. The website below has lots of pictures of castles and stone houses being left to fall down, often replaced by modern, generic houses.
The threat of being demolished hangs over this beautiful building, as the locals and the council cannot agree on what to use it for.
Inside it is used for modest concerts, public meetings and low key events, but is often empty. Its locked within pedestrian streets and the lack of parking seem to inhibit other users.
What do you suggest??? Please send your ideas to me or the local council - web below (pkc). Would you like this building to be kept and a new use found? Or would you prefer to see a fountain in its place???
How about a public space, an interpretive museum and cultural centre, markets, art gallery, ,,,, ????
This is your chance to make a difference!!
I took this picture of a typical road sign - to try and help any potential drivers / riders coming to Scotland.
A Ring Road bypasses the town centre - for traffic heading further on to avoid congestion, in theory.
H &AE is perhaps the most important to know. Hospital with Accident and Emergency facility - the sort you will be wanting I expect.
Train stations have their own peculiar sign, supposed to signify rail tracks I believe.
And the tourist information "i" is pretty well used everywhere, no matter what quality of info you find!!!
Best of luck.
If you walk around the North Inch park in Perth you can see the lovely houses across the river tay.
Sadly, you will notice that their private gardens extend down to the waters edge, so no walkway is possible. this means that to get to Scone Palace you have to travel inland along a wrotten road for two miles.
One day there will be a footbridge so you can cross the river upstream, but for now, take a bus out to the palace and avoid the walk. Sorry.
It may seem a little incongruous but i like the juxtaposition of sculpture with shop signs.
This is the very centre of Perth, and the usual "meeting place", and this sculpture (see Must Do tips about the Sculpture Trail in Perth) is quite fascinating.
All the locals take it for granted, yet it is part of everyday life, and it speaks so much.