Wednesday, 31 August 2011

River Ericht Walk, Blairgowrie, Perthshire

On Saturday I did the River Ericht walk, which takes you across Kitty Swanson's Bridge at about the halfway point. I started the walk from Rattray so it was slightly longer than shown in the walk leaflet.

I spotted a family of buzzards soaring above the trees and calling to one another and there were plenty of peacock butterflies in the fields.

A long walk, with paths pretty overgrown (lots of nettles in places) for the most part and wet. It was hard going and the walking boots got saturated! We didn't see anyone else on the main part of the walk, very quiet.

Kitty Swanson's Bridge
River Ericht
Buzzard soaring, saw three of them in a group
View to Blairgowrie
This walk is part of the Blairgowrie Path Network and you can see the route on the leaflet here (River Ericht Walk).

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Ben Gullipen & Highland Cows

On Sunday we walked up Ben Gullipen near Callendar. This is a nice leg-stretcher of a hill, not that high, but great views.

The Highland Coos were on the slopes, and they looked lovely against the backdrop of sun-flecked hills.

The views from the summit are fantastic, looking down Loch Venachar towards Ben A'an Loch Lomond is just visible. The peak of Ben Lomond could be seen, it's summit getting brushed by the cloud. Ben Ledi is directly opposite Ben Gullipen on the otherside of Loch Venachar. Looking in the opposite direction, I could see the Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument and Castle in Stirling.

A lot of tree felling has gone on in the area since I was last here a few years ago.
Looking down Loch Venachar
Ben Ledi
Highland Cows (coos!)Ben A'an (right) with a distant Loch Lomond just visible
Highland Coos with Callendar behindCorbie Labrador enjoyed his walk!
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