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    Loch Earn

    by stevezero Written May 24, 2006

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    We stopped of briefly at Loch Earn on our way from Dunfermline to thw west coast. Enjoying a coffee in a secluded layby, we were treaed to the gentle sound of lapping water, and nice views with snow capped hills in the background. We were quite impressed and regarded it more highly than our experiences with Loch Lomond.
    The deepest part (87m) is located near the western end. It is 10.5 km from east to west and at it's widest is 0.8 km. Lochearnhead is situated at its western end of the Loch and St. Fillans village at the eastern. From here the River Earn flows east out of the Loch, down through Strathearn and joins the River Tay Estuary 75 km away.
    The Loch basin was dug out by the enormous erosional power of ice during the glacial periods of the last 2million years.
    The loch is a centre for fishing, canooing, sailing and other water sports.

    Location - about 30kms west of Perth on the A85

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    Magical Grandeur at Fingask Castle

    by weewatty Updated Nov 28, 2005

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    In November 2005 I attended a weekend wedding celebration at the 16th Century Fingask Castle, a place that must come under the off the beaten path tip banner as even i was not aware of it's existence and it's only 10 miles from my house!!

    We were accomadated in self catering cottages in the grounds of the castle, very cosy indeed with real wood burning fire's to keep out the November coolness. I was happy fo learn that previous visitors to the castle included James VIII in 1716, Bonny Prince Charlie in 1745 and Sir Walter Scott. An illustrious list indeed.

    The castle's gardens are home to a good many unusual scultures/statues and other fascinating bits and pieces that the castle's owners must have accumulated throughout the years.

    The castle can be found just off the A90 Perth - Dundee Road at the North Inchmicheal junction you need to head for the village of Rait, where you will find signposts for Fingask Estate, the castle's elevated position above the Tay Valley give superb views over the River Tay towards the Kingdom of Fife.

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    Meikleour Beech Hedge

    by weewatty Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Big Hedge in February

    Often not quoted in guidebooks to the area is the Meikleour Beech Hedge, pretty well known locally though.

    Well its basically a big muckle hedge, infact the tallest in the world. And thats about that, but heres a bit about it anyway:

    It was planted around 1745 by Robert Murray Nairne and his wife Jean Mercer of Meikleour, shortly after this he was killed fighting the English (a thing us Scots done alot in the past) at the Battle of Culloden. Reaching 120 feet at its tallest point it must be a whore of a job to trim.

    Anyway, stop off at the layby, see it, take a photo then claim to your friends you have seen 'the Tallest Hedge in the World'. How more wordly can you get?? ;-)

    Its found on the Perth to Blairgowrie road, just after crossing the River Tay if driving from Perth, about 11 miles from the city.

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    Ancient Route Way - certainly a beaten path, once

    by scotlandscotour Updated Jun 14, 2004

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    Ancient Cobbled Street in Perthshire

    Taking time to explore the countryside suddenly pays dividends!!!

    Just imagine finding this old route, cobbled and linking villages by the chilling "Gallow Hill" and Standing Stones below the hill fort on Dunsinane Hill.

    Explore Perthshire, Tayside, Scotland. More in these Tips - All Perth based! :-)

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    Across the River - Rodney Gardens and Sculptures

    by scotlandscotour Written Mar 22, 2004

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    Perth - Beside the River Tay

    When in Perth, make sure you cross over the River Tay and walk through the Gardens there - good place for a picnic - and enjoy the sculptures.
    There are 3 bridges and its best to walk over the southern (railway) bridge's adjacent footbridge - accessed from beside the "Ferguson Gallery" by the South Inch - and walk north with the River on your left hand side until the 3rd bridge.

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    Perth Cobbled Street in Detail

    by scotlandscotour Updated Mar 22, 2004

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    Perth Cobbled Street in Detail

    Down narrow side streets (in Perth called Vennels) you often will find beautifully lade cobbled streets, just wide enough for a cart to make its way loaded with produce to/from the harbour on the River Tay.
    Each Vennel tells its own story, like Cut Log Vennel.
    This picture is taken down Water Vennel.

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    Perth "Old High Street"

    by scotlandscotour Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    This picture was taken as the light faded, on a wet day in early March, to avoid photographing people.
    The church - St Pauls - dominates this "forgotten" end of the High Street but is empty and decaying.
    Take these back streets and you'll find the locals going about their everyday lives.
    As you can see, signs dominate the scene. Tennants is the local Scottish lager. A poor man's drink. Not recommended.
    Daily Record is the cheap "tabloid" newspaper, with little news in it.
    This is real Scotland. No kilts here!
    (The tourist information centre is only minutes away, to the left of camera!!!)

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    Blair Castle II

    by leffe3 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    A rarity. The piper is one of the Atholl HIghlanders - a member of one of the few private armies still in existence in the UK. This privilege was granted to the Duke of Atholl following a visit by Queen Victoria back in 1844.

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    Blair Castle

    by leffe3 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Dating from 1269, Blair Castle is a couple of miles outside the village of Blair Atholl. Whitewashed, turreted, its location, in its own parkland and surrounding by the brooding Grampian Mountains.

    Open to the public, its very much a 'hunter's' castle - stuffed animals, military might etcabound.

    From Perth, the Perth-Inverness train stops at Blair Atholl (and can be easily combined with Pilochry if full hikes through the countryside are not proposed)

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    The Hermitage (Dunkeld/Birnam)

    by leffe3 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Across the Tay from Birnam is the sister community of Birnam (and its the site of the railway station serving both).

    The village, although famed for the location of Macbeth's moving forest ("I will not be afraid of death and bane/Till Birnam Forest come to Dunisnane' says the man, only to be told "As I did stand my watch upon the hill/I look'd toward Birnam, and anon me thought/The Wood began to move...') hasn't much to offer, although a mile or so from the station is The Hermitage walk. A woodland path will take you alongside streams and through beautiful woods to a 19th century folly. Wrecked by 19th century vandals, little remains, but its location is wonderful above a little watefll and the walk is lovely.

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    Dunkeld

    by leffe3 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    About 12 miles north of Perth is the small town of Dunkeld, proclaimed Scotland's ecclessiastic capital way back in 850. It flourished for more than 800 years before being ransacked by soldiers loyal to the English.

    Its a cute little whitewashed place aside the river Tay, with a partly ruined cathedral. Originally 12th century, much of what we see today is 14th and 15th century with any number of additions and renovations.

    The main Perth-Inverness trains stop here.

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