Traipsing through fields had it's rewards. Tell that to my poor shoes. They never looked the same again.
Anyway I even came across the ruins of an old castle, smack bang in the middle of a cow paddock.
On a rainy day a trip to the House of Bruar is a must. About 5 miles west. Basically a shopping centre out in the country. No town or anything just this big shopping arcade.
The whole place reeked of dollars and good taste. A place where one did their more exclusive shopping. Not all things were expensive and you'll spend a good 2 hours browsing around.
As well as a large men's and women's clothing store there was an even larger department store selling anything from gifts, house wares, soft furnishings and manchester.
Another store sold gourmet foods. Confectionery, chocolates, jams and preserves, biscuits and delicatessen items.
There was a very nice tearoom as well. I chose a piece of apple pie. They had large bowls of cream and berries where you just helped yourself. I was in heaven! And not that expensive either.
Another place of interest was the exclusive art gallery at the back. Worth a look! but I doubt you'll buy anything!
Also an antique store where I nearly bought an old walking stick for 15 pounds...bargain!
You can get a map from the Tourist Information office and spend a day taking in all that gorgous scenery.
There are 6 walks...Killiecrankie
Be prepared for a bit of a uphill climb on some of them but the scenery is worth every step. I did the Clunie and Moulin walks. On a fine day it is just gorgious looking back down onto the valley and Pitlochry.
Moulin is a short walk uphill from Pitlochry. The village is only small but very pretty and worth the walk. There is suppose to be an interesting tree up there though I didn't get to see it. It's the old judging tree and it was from where up until 1746 local justice was dispensed.
If you like walking, head east down Atholl Road and turn right into Bridge Road. This will take you to the Dunfallandy Stone.
Follow the signs, climb the steps and you'll get to the stone which is incased in glass.
Legend has it that St Triduana a nun was forced to marry a son of the royal house. She escaped to a chapel by the Tummel River at Dunfallandy and in gratitude for her release she had the stone carved. A slab of stone with ornate carvings and symbols of zoomorphic designs.
It's not so much the stone that impressed me but the walk along the way. If you keep going past the stone there is some very scenic spots and it makes for a nice quiet walk.
Found this hidden gem whilst out visiting a farm on work business, thought it was worth a stop off.
Thought to date back to the 9th Century this ornately carved stone is protected by a glass encasement, making it difficult to photograph in certain light.
Just beside it you will find the ancient Mauseleoum at Dunfallandy House, both these are well worth the trip up the 40 or so steps to where they are located.
You can find the stone by heading towards Dunfallandy House, approx 1 mile outside of Pitlochry.
A great hike to do is to the top of Ben Vrackie, one of the highest moutains in the area. It is quite a long hike, and gets pretty steep at the end, but if you get to the top on a clear day the views are amazing.
The day i climbed it i got hit by a blizzard at the top, so be prepared for any weather!
This is the longest walk on offer around Pitlochry, taking you all the way aroung the Loch, over the pass of Killiecrankie, under the A9 highway, past the campsite, and then back into town. The views are pretty cool, and you learn a fair bit about the history of the area.
Be prepared on this hike, comfy walking shoes are a must! And so is a camera...
Photo on it's way...
The ruins of Black Castle lie in the middle of a cow paddock. Can't find much info on it other than it was once the home of the Royal Stuart Clan.
I stumbled...literally...across this classic highland cow. One of my quests was to get just this type of shot!
Pitlochry in the background.
Or for a bit of a challenge go cross country and make like a goat. Wear good boots...it can be muddy in places.
Up hill all the way but worth it! Cross the swing bridge and head south. The way is marked but the signs are small. As you walk up the views just keep getting better.
Just keep going past the Stone and you'll see some very nice country. Dunfallandy is not an actual village or town...just an area.
One of the quiet backroads of Dunfallandy.
Actually it's a good area for cycling as well as walking.