Isle of Arran and Brodick Castle.
October 4 2012.
Goat Fell, Arran from our ferry.
The sun shone and shone on our walk to Brodick Castle. The walled Garden looked particularly good with many plants in bloom and butterflies and insects working hard draining the last drops of nectar out of the flowers before winter arrives in earnest. The trees are beginning to present good autumn colour and we were delighted to enjoy such good weather after all the rain.
We are sailing, we are sailing ... across the sea.
Highland Cows on the home farm at Brodick Castle.
Right. This friendly wee fella frequents the outdoor terrace at the Cafe in Brodick Castle in hope of getting fed. Photograph by Elizabeth Milne. Copyright.
Walking back to the small town of Brodick we picked and ate Brambles aka Black Berries from the scrubby areas between the beach and golf course and walked the lovely beach of Brodick Bay. Laura and Irene paddled in the cold water. They cannot resist the sea!
Arran is very accessible from Glasgow as you can take the train or a car for a one hour journey and the ferry Caledonian Isles only takes fifty five minutes to make the crossing. A good day visit is possible and we did enjoy yet another visit to Brodick Castle, the National Trust for Scotland property which has a fine estate,trees and garden.
Farewell Arran. We shall return one day.
The Bright Lights of Big Tree Country.
Driving north through Perthshire is always a joy in the autumn. This year autumn is a little later than usual but this did not detract from the magnificent landscape of hills covered with trees just beginning to shed their leaves. One great performer in autumn is the Larch. It is sad to think that due to a fungal disease spreading further and further north every year we may soon loose our larch trees.
Our first port of call was the National Trust for Scotland owned Ossians Hall at the Hermitage near Dunkeld. A gentle walk through the grand trees brought us to the Hall and the roaring waterfall. A powerful force of water funnelled down the fall making it a truly awesome sight. One leaping salmon fighting it's way up the falls was caught on camera by Liz Milne!
Photograph Elizabeth Milne. Copyright.
How much electricity could we generate in Scotland by harnessing more water power? Would we be able to reduce the damage being done to our landscape by ever increasing numbers of expensive windmills?
Falling water in the Enchanted Forest.
After a few lung fulls of beautiful cool fresh air we wound our way to Pitlochry a typical Victorian town. It is a magnet for tourists. It boasts an interesting garden, the Plant Hunters Garden and a first class theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The shops are awash with everything you would expect as a tourist. From tartan tat to luxury whiskies. However there are plenty of places to eat and relax in before the main event.
Yes we had come to see the Enchanted Forest at Fascally. This proved to be a well organised and controlled tour of the loch with spectacular light and sound displays. Definitely worth the effort. We all enjoyed the spectacle and we will no doubt return again.
The pictures from a hand held camera don't do the spectacle justice. This is a superb show to bring children to see. I recommend that you book for the earlier time slots in the evening. The event runs for three weeks in October and most schools have the old “tattie howking” (potato lifting) holiday at around this time of year.