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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy February 8th 2020

I had a bit of a hiatus of ideas over the summer and was patiently waiting for something decent to pop up. Then it happened! A group of us were assembling for the hill race at Killin Highland games in early August. Don Reid, Westies Stalwart and midweek race regular asked me if Killin was “K” in an A to Z of Perthshire. The seed germinated and after a couple of hours on google and using the appropriate OS maps, I had a plan which on paper looked pretty reasonable. A good mixture of running in beautiful places in an area famous for its autumn colours. A few days ago, I loaded Mogwai into the CD player and pointed the car north toward Aberfeldy. A fine place to start as I could do a circular run, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire February 8th 2020

After the first part of the A to Z of Perthshire which was a nice circular run starting and finishing in Aberfeldy , it was time for something a bit more problematic. The run itself was reasonably straight forward. Lots of trail and over two race routes I had ran previously . My anxiety revolved around getting to the start and then returning to the car afterward.Achievement one – I arrived at Ballanluig a good fifteen minutes before the bus to Aberfeldy was due to depart – I toasted the lack of traffic action at regular trouble spots Hermison Gait , The Queensferry Crossing and The Broxten Roundabout with a cup of tea in a café as I waited for the bus. The bus dropped me where I had stopped the previous week and just to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Blair Atholl February 8th 2020

I really must buy some new maps. Not that there was a geographical issue with the 1984 version of OS sheet 43 Braemar to Blair Atholl. It is always the memories that floor me. Using maps from a by gone age take me back to my days as a race snake in the mid eighties where distance and height was no object for a day out. Sheet 43 has a number of good days on it. These included a trot over my favourite munros Ben a Ghlo and Cairn Laith. Also there was a great long day leaving Aviemore around 09:30 and making Blair Atholl for a leisurely pint before boarding the 17:40 train – causing much amusement in the Greenmantle pub after Tuesday intervals when I explained my absence later that evening. 35 years later, ... read more
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05 Blair Castle Hydro Plant

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry February 8th 2020

After a couple of stages which had been fraught with logistical challenge, I to M was a totally breeze. Indeed, I was so confident that I could pull this run off without any risk of becoming a Hitchcock style murder victim that I invited guests. Even better, we arrived on time so Don Reid, life long Westie , top trail runner Lucy Colquhoun, Otto and Isaac left the Iron Bridge after parking 50 metres away at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. I was confident this would be a run that Don, Lucy and the dogs would enjoy and the wee warm up to the John Muir Trust shop on the High Street gave a nice illusion of progress. Even better was to follow as we left the tarmac of the High St and found a wee riverside ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Blair Atholl February 8th 2020

Autumn clock change and the onset of early darkness is a bit of a challenge for every runner and a sure sign that the depths of winter are approaching. The transition from long summer days in simmet and shorts to wrapped up running through the winter gloom is continually a difficult adaptation. Im lucky – shift work and more days off by doing longer working hours allows me the opportunity to almost always run in daylight. Its just that “daylight” in November and December can be very grey. Every good day for the rest of the year is a bonus and after some challenging weather last week, I was lucky to eek out the brightest of autumn days as I collected more letters on the Perhshire A to Z. Again, I was mostly retracing my steps ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry February 8th 2020

Water is a defining element of Perthshire and its winter monsoons define its rivers and lochs. The next section of the Perthshire A to Z , while yielding only a single letter, would keep water in the forefront of my mind. The rain of the previous week had eased but continued to fall. Nonetheless, after a gap of a few weeks it was good to get back This section eased me back in with ten miles – 60% of which were off road – between Old Blair and Port na Craig. Easy was the theme of the day as I had plenty time leaving Blair Atholl with a generous 2 and ½ hours to make the returning train from Pitlochry station. My fitness had been a bit up and down since the previous leg in mid ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire May 11th 2018

To those who are thinking ‘when is she going to write anything’, we had a little difficulty leaving Aus ha ha. Everything was going smoothly until our departure time of 10:15pm to Doha passed by in Adelaide Airport and the ‘Delayed’ was still marked against our flight. At 11:45, two hundred passengers heard the words we all were dreading: “the flight has been cancelled”. Long story short, we flew out of Melbourne Airport (yes, Melbourne) the following night at 7:05pm to Doha. And if anyone is ever in that situation, I can highly recommend Qatar’s choice of Peppers for accommodation in Adelaide although flying with Qatar again might require more consideration. We hired a car at Edinburgh Airport. We had booked a car “something like a Ford Focus” and were given an almost new Audi. Thank ... read more
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Doune Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Perth April 1st 2018

Not sure whether to fly Royal Brunei again. The planes are fine, the food lovely but the two transfers suck big time. The first stopover in Brunei was uneventful but everyone just sat around for 2 1/2 hours. The biggest farce was the Dubai stop. They advertise this flight as a straight through to London. The reason they stop in Dubai is only for fuel although I did see them loading up cargo. Then came the silly business. We had to go back through security at Dubai. I was 'the chosen one' of course and I had to empty out my bag, electronically frisked and explosives tested for the second time. We walked for about 15 minutes, stood in lines for 10 - 15 and then arrived back at the same gate that we left. Really ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Callander September 6th 2017

Day 6 Catch Up to Callander I arose this morning to have my £2 international hostel breakfast with people from Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, China, USA, Scotland, and England. A good simple breakfast of coffee, juice , cereal, scones, toast, oatmeal, and fruit. Today was to be my test day for my saddle sore remedy. Hopefully, caught early enough to resolve. The ride started overcast, with some brighter spots, and was initially the usual climb and decent. There seemed to be lots of manor houses along the way, with many of those not in manors, living in what were once the gatehouses to the manors. They must still have gamekeepers for some manors also, as I cycled through a few flocks of pheasants. One group along the road, had to be a hundred or more. They ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry May 1st 2017

Day 5 Scone Palace & Pitlochry We leave Edinburgh and head north towards the highlands. Crossing the Forth Bridge we head for Perth. First stop is Scone Palace (pronounced “skoon”) Why skoon you ask??? I did ask. Not very good answers. It would appear that early in history the names were passed on phonetically and not written down. Most people could not read. This is why there are so many weird pronunciations. We actually did have a scone at Scone Palace. Scone Palace has a multitude of stories but 2 are most prominent. 1- The Crowning place of most of Scotland’s Kings. It started out as the home of an Abbey which covered a huge portion of the property. The palace today started out as the Abbot’s Palace and remained after the main portion was destroyed ... read more
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