Thursday, 21 April 2011

Perthshire Exploration April 9th

I'm so sorry this has taken nearly 2 weeks to post, you just can't get the staff these days!

Anyway, I hitched along with LT and her dad when they went up to explore rural Perthshire nearly 2 weeks ago (okay, you don't need to keep rubbing that in! - LT).

Our first stop was to the Hermitage just outside Dunkeld.  This is a really cool forest with a funny old bridge across this really deep ravine, and a funny wee house above a waterfall.  Here I am sitting on the balcony of Ossian's Hall overlooking the falls.  Aren't you glad I didn't fall in?

The I hitched a ride walked down the steps to the hermitage bridge.  This bridge is reeeallllly old.  It was built in the 18th Century - that must have been about when LT was born (oy! -LT).  I don't know how they did it though, it's really deep.  Here I am sitting on top of the bridge:

Then we went down to go underneath it, and found a perfect bear-sized perch on the side:

Here's my new pal Gregor, who LT's dad brought along.  Doesn't he look like he's striding purposefully along?

While they were both playing about with photos of silly flowers, look what I got left sitting in!  What a lot of junk these photographers need...

Here is me, with Gregor.  My legs don't let me look like I'm striding purposefully anywhere, so I just had to perch.  Purposefully of course, I always perch purposefully...

We went up to Kenmore next for lunch, didn't I get a lovely seat in the sun when we were at the cafe?

After lunch we headed up towards Glen Lyon.  On the way we stopped to see the big old yew at Fortingall.  There it is behind me next to the church.

Once we got to Glen Lyon LT and her dad spied a waterfall from the road, so they just HAD to stop to take photos.  And more photos.  And more photos...  Anyway, here I am sitting at the top of the falls where we found these funny wee piles of rocks, so I had to pose beside some:

Then of course I had to do the obligatory shot beside the waterfall:

We were meant to do more, but we ran out of time, so LT and I will return together over the next week or so.  I've heard rumours of going on a bike - I hope she has a bear sized cycling helmet...


The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Jack & Gregor,

What a wonderful trip you both had. Love the pictures.


Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

Yes, what a beautiful trip. I am enjoying seeing all the places you have been visiting.

Alan said...

Hi Jack, we had a great time didn't we? It was great to meet up. Scrambling over those rocks was good so long as we kept well back from the edge.
Alan and LT did seem to get into all sorts of strange positions pointing those black camera things at stuff. They seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we had a good day out so we can't complain.
The Blackpool hug was very excited when I told them all about our adventure - well the bears nearby did, I'm only wee and the rest didn't hear.

Lynette Killam said...

That sounds like a fun outing, indeed, Jack! Here in Canada, everything is so new that we don't get a chance to walk across ancient bridges or visit really old buildings. I love the picture of you sitting beside the cairn...we do have lots of those, like the Innukshuks you would have seen in our Winter Olympics.

And it was good to meet your friend Gregor..a sturdy-looking fellow he is! I do hope LT takes you on another adventure soon...:)