Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Glen Lyon, Perthshire

Reported to be one of Scotland's most beautifuls glens, and I could see why!

This was only my second visit to Glen Lyon, the last was in October 2002 on my first ever holiday to Scotland (little did I know that a year later I would move to Perthshire!).

The day started miserably, with drizzle and low cloud. Our first walk of the day was going to be Kenmore Hill above Loch Tay - given that there would be no view from the summit, we decided to walk at nearby Drummond Hill instead, a walk we had done before. There are good views from the Black Rock viewpoint down onto Kenmore and Loch Tay. Thankfully, by the time we reached the viewpoint, the drizzle had stopped and the cloud was lifting a bit.

Then it was onto Glen Lyon. The cloud was clinging to the tops of the hills, but patches of blue sky were appearing and spotlights of sunshine travelled along the glen.

We did the Birchwood walk, near Bridge of Balgie, which had lovely views.

View down the glen

Looking towards the road to Loch Tay
We drove back along the road that goes to Loch Tay, and the cloud was sitting in this corrie behind Meall nan Tarmachan like a steaming volcano. A short distance down the road from here, we drove into the cloud, the Ben Lawers hills shrouded from view. There were a lot of cars in the car park, but not a day for getting a good view!