Tay & TummelYou are Here: Scotland; East Scotland; Tay & Tummel
Rain, rain, rain. Rain, rain, rain. That was what the forecast said. Ok, so most of it was showers, but there would hardly be anywhere within 2 hours of home that excaped all day. I was not particularly happy about that, and so set off for Perth as the least worst area. After a quick nip into Perth (there were a couple of things I needed), I headed north, expecting a day of brief explorations between lots of driving through heavy showers. I was, to be disappointed... no, what is the opposite to disappointed? Appointed? Undisappointed? Well, you know what I mean.
BirnamI have often visited the beautiful Cathedral city of Dunkeld, so today I decided to stop at Birnam. I parked up at the station, and took a wander through some woods before heading into the little village. It has some fine Architecture, perhaps not too surprising, and seems a quiet and peaceful backwater. Of course, the main road used to be the A9...
I got back to the car just before a downpour, and headed north a couple of miles to where the A9 crosses the River Tay. I had spied a walks symbol from a forestry car park here, and as the sun was out once more decided it would be a nice spot to stop for lunch. A path led under the A9 and along the bank of the Tay. Indeed, it led me all the way back to Birnam where I had been just an hour and a half earlier! Along the way, I discovered some abandoned bits of road, a ruined house and lots of trees. Sadly, views of the river itself were rather few and far between.
To get back to the car, I decided to follow the markers for the other half of the circular walk, and so after passing through the small village of Inver, I climbed up through the forestry above the road. Again, the best views were of the trees, but on the plus side the thick canopy sheltered me when the rain came back.