Touring: The last of Autumn in Perthsire

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I decided as the Autumn colours were going to be leaving us and that last months tour was such a success that I owed it to myself to get up early, pack the Nikons and do a final 2012 tour.

I decided to focus my attentions on Perthshire, despite it being IMHO being a let down in scenery compared to the majestic west Highlands, as its well vegitated and I wanted to see the golden Autumnal colours.

I woke early and piloted the skip down the A82, and I forgot to charge my iPod. It died not that long into the journey, so I pulled over somewhere safe and convienient to find the charger and run it off the battery.

At this point, I wondered if I had made the right decision


DSC_0525 by [email protected], on Flickr

The weather was grim and looking to the East it wasn't much better. Still, it had half a tank of fuel in it so I thought, what the hell, if its a dud idea it's cost me a tenner in fuel.

From Tarbert to Ardlui the A82 is awful, and with the low light weather and standing water, hiding potholes as the surface is needing a bit of attention. This brought back feelings of contempt for the Olympics, 27million to waste on that rubbish but not enough to keep a major trunk route running, but never mind, I was in my C class estate and after this stretch the road opens up and can be savoured and enjoyed. One thing from the S class experience last weekend is I wouldn't want to take Dads car along here, its very broad, the road is very narrow and coaches take people on tour here as its magical. Not everyone is fortunate enough to drive a C class estate.

Turns out my decision was right. The light was lifting. What I hadn't expected to see was snow, and I have winter tyres lying about that I need to put on. I didn't need them where I was, but higher ground was snowy.

DSC_0526 by [email protected], on Flickr

I'm still not in Perthsire here. Snow capped mountains, looked like I missed Autumn and walked straight into winter. Setting up the tripod and it felt like it, blooding thing was freezing to touch...


DSC_0221 by [email protected], on Flickr

Just at Stirlingshire. This is Loch Lubnair that runs parallel to the A85 that I would come off at Lix toll junction and head up the A827 to Killin and on to Kenmore later.

The run up the A827 takes you through Killin which is famous for its falls.


DSC_0527 by [email protected], on Flickr

it was bloody cold and I didn't hang about, turned the heating up and wafted up the road. One has to be careful, powerful RWD car, leaves on the road, light dusting of snow, (yes really) and thats a reciepe for an off. The road is narrow so there is no room really to correct any out of shape behaviour (not with my skills).

What is nice is the views you get down Loch Tay and as the light was getting stronger, so was my sense of relief that I hadn't made a bad decision, tenner or not...

I arrived at Kenmore, parked up as I knew I would be spending a bit of time here. Grabbed the Nikons and tripod and captured this


DSC_0540 by [email protected], on Flickr

Autumn colours were out.

And that Loch I was rabbiting on about


DSC_0242 by [email protected], on Flickr

And I ain't kidding about the snow.


DSC_0246 by [email protected], on Flickr

Light dusting, but its come early this year, I suspect its going to be a hard winter.

I took a walk as the air was nice and it warmed up a bit and I wanted to get down the other wise of the Loch to see if I could get a different view of it.

Well, more interestingly the Scottish Cranog centre is almost finished.

DSC_0256 by [email protected], on Flickr
Last time I was in the area I hired a boat, got sort of lost and got shouted at by the people who were working on it. Its pretty interesting thing, you can go in and see it, but you have to pay, remember what I said about that tenner.

From here, I followed the road up to Aberfeldy, and aimed the car for Logierate. Since the fall I've been advised to do more exercise to keep the muscells moving, and researched the area and there are woodland trails.

I parked up and went for a good hours treck to work up an appetite for lunch...

Remember those Autumn colours


DSC_0543 by [email protected], on Flickr

You don't get them quite like this in the bleaker west highlands.

I found developer215 a challenge, do up this old cottage.


DSC_0545 by [email protected], on Flickr

What really was good about the walk was the views once you cleared the woods, thats the A9 DCW in the distance and members of here who went on my tour, will know where I am, as they drove along that briefly before peeling off to dine at the East Haugh hotel.

DSC_0560 by [email protected], on Flickr

However, I was in a tracksuit and solo, so I didn't dine there, regrettably. I drove to Pitlochary, parked up (its a good bit smaller than my E and being an estate you can park easier as you can see where the back is - I am a crap parker) and found a deli.

This sandwich had locally sourced venison, with homemade rasperry chutney and fresh leaves

DSC_0564 by [email protected], on Flickr

And this one with smoked salmon, horseradish and leaves.

DSC_0565 by [email protected], on Flickr

For £6.90 all in. The place is called "The Scottish Deli" and its on the main street in Pitlochary and the service is polite, the food great and cheap, I really cannot recommend enough.

From here, I took the A924 to Killiecrankie, as I wanted to take some pictures here. The road is a nice fun one, but again, damp and I really just took this just to capture the colours, it really was this vibrant


DSC_0568 by [email protected], on Flickr

Its not a massive road, and whilst an S would glide over it serenely, the C was more effortless due to its lesser size.

You won't get great views for the road, as the road is really high up, and the River Falasky far beneath you, you merely see trees


DSC_0569 by [email protected], on Flickr

However, there is a set of trails you can follow that take you closer to the good stuff. So parked up, and worked off my healthy lunch.

There is a bridge over the river thats just for people, this gives an ok view

DSC_0574 by [email protected], on Flickr

But what you are better doing is walking up to the road bridge thats on the way to Tummel Bridge and take in the views there, but not if you are funny with heights

DSC_0583 by [email protected], on Flickr

A local company offers bungee jumping off here, would you do it. I wouldn't, not for the fear of heights but because the feeling of falling would disturb lunch....

The final site I wanted to see was Blair Castle. Athol Estates still own a lot of land in the area, and its a working estate as well as the ancestral home of the Duke of Athol.

Still. Now the skip knows what its like to be titled. A driveway fit for a Duke

DSC_0590 by [email protected], on Flickr

Gravel and Scaffolding, Toffs never had it so good. Shame about the C class, he'll have a rangie


DSC_0624 by [email protected], on Flickr

The Duke even has posh pets. Squalking peacocks

DSC_0597 by [email protected], on Flickr
Not a kebab in sight here

The cloud was getting thick and heavy against the castle, whilst this makes a good photo op, it also makes it a good chance to get back to your car and drive off....


DSC_0615 by [email protected], on Flickr

I didn't drive for economy, NSL most of the time and maybe a few overtakes...


DSC_0630 by [email protected], on Flickr

Ok but not remarkable.

But the car was splendid and made me realise, you can buy more expensive, but I'd struggle to buy better or be happier with anything else. A sun roof and seat heaters (even though its cloth would be nice) but otherwise, whats not to like...
 
Nice pictures.

What lens was 0246 taken with please?
I love foreground interest and massive DOF - nice one
 
Nice pictures.

What lens was 0246 taken with please?
I love foreground interest and massive DOF - nice one

I took this on a D80 body with the Sigma 10-20mm. Its taken at F11 (I know I could go down to F16 or even F22 but I take the view that if everything I want to be in focus, is in focus at F11, why bother with a smaller aperature as sharpness tends to suffer as the aperature gets smaller.

I tried with the lense a shot similar to this, one at F11, one at F22 and I canned the F22 image.
 
Awesome pictures, whilst I am up here in Dundee I must get the camera out and go take a drive.
 
Awesome pictures, whilst I am up here in Dundee I must get the camera out and go take a drive.

Try this, its a lot of ground so from

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Dundee&daddr=Edzell+to:Braemar+to:pitlochry+to:Blair+Atholl+to:Kinloch+Rannoch+to:Kenmore+to:Killin+to:Comrie+to:Dunkeld+to:Cupar+Angus+to:Dundee&hl=en&ll=56.726362,-3.452454&spn=0.815976,2.992401&sll=56.771541,-3.368683&sspn=0.814996,2.992401&geocode=FcKKXQMdn6vS_ynTnGOrREGGSDEq5Us4HjvklA%3BFYbKYgMdRXzX_yn75eKljIOGSDEKRObHtj-Vew%3BFRHZZQMdcCbM_ynD0-npWOSFSDFNeoNqkRaN1w%3BFWk9YQMd0RbH_ymxa-dVkQKGSDF-QBA0KRGWgA%3BFbg2YgMdx1rF_yl1zl94X6mISDHcDiiArTsEfA%3BFVAvYQMdKRLA_ylL65MRQbeISDFawX7y25Nkyg%3BFbtzXwMdxgrD_ylPTa3DtryISDGETvhAA_AZug%3BFWKnXQMdFRi-_ynJcMdUYJWISDGGRyvLOhCjZg%3BFW9CXAMd3QnD_ylbZynEN5CISDHUAT1HtBOCOw%3BFYMpXwMd4UPJ_yk9r5Ef6hCGSDEI12fLdHmIZA%3BFZLgXgMdBS3O_yFfOOHleyaG2CnzW6fMfxWGSDFfOOHleyaG2A%3BFcKKXQMdn6vS_ynTnGOrREGGSDEq5Us4HjvklA&oq=Comrie&mra=ls&t=m&z=10

So from point G head straight to Aberfeldy and then to Cupar Angus if time is short. Oh, and at Kinloch Rannoch, head round Loch Rannoch and pack the camera. Even split this into two days tour but thats my ultimate perthshire, Royal Deeside and west Perthshire and some trossachs route

Try this

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Dundee&daddr=Edzell+to:Braemar+to:pitlochry+to:Blair+Atholl+to:B846+to:56.67884,-4.32704+to:Kenmore+to:Killin+to:Comrie+to:Dunkeld+to:Cupar+Angus+to:Dundee&hl=en&sll=56.728622,-3.392029&sspn=0.815927,2.992401&geocode=FcKKXQMdn6vS_ynTnGOrREGGSDEq5Us4HjvklA%3BFYbKYgMdRXzX_yn75eKljIOGSDEKRObHtj-Vew%3BFRHZZQMdcCbM_ynD0-npWOSFSDFNeoNqkRaN1w%3BFWk9YQMd0RbH_ymxa-dVkQKGSDF-QBA0KRGWgA%3BFbg2YgMdx1rF_yl1zl94X6mISDHcDiiArTsEfA%3BFVriYAMd5hy8_w%3BFbjZYAMdgPm9_ylNpCR8vciISDGjtEivkVB3wA%3BFbtzXwMdxgrD_ylPTa3DtryISDGETvhAA_AZug%3BFWKnXQMdFRi-_ynJcMdUYJWISDGGRyvLOhCjZg%3BFW9CXAMd3QnD_ylbZynEN5CISDHUAT1HtBOCOw%3BFYMpXwMd4UPJ_yk9r5Ef6hCGSDEI12fLdHmIZA%3BFZLgXgMdBS3O_yFfOOHleyaG2CnzW6fMfxWGSDFfOOHleyaG2A%3BFcKKXQMdn6vS_ynTnGOrREGGSDEq5Us4HjvklA&mra=dpe&mrsp=6&sz=10&via=6&t=m&z=10
 
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Nice photos Steve, in my previous life I occasionally worked in Sudeifel, Germany around this time of year and I remember the riot of colours there used to be in the forests in autumn. Gorgeous.

Cheers,

Gaz
 
Nice photos Steve, in my previous life I occasionally worked in Sudeifel, Germany around this time of year and I remember the riot of colours there used to be in the forests in autumn. Gorgeous.

Cheers,

Gaz

Its hard to describe, riot is a good way. Honestly driving along and the road shot I took is what it looks like.

Quite a lot of Scotland is baren so you do not get these colours, more wooded areas are better in Autumn
 
Over the last 7 days I have driven to Holland and back on smooth straight European autoroutes with a 120km/h limit. We did head up to Amsterdam on one day but the whole journey was just 1000km of boring.

Then I see your pictures.

The autumnal colour from the trees, the undulating roads passing through the those peaks. The twists and turns. Everything about your trip seems the exact opposite of my trip.

I must come up to your part of the world soon to share in this for real.
 
Over the last 7 days I have driven to Holland and back on smooth straight European autoroutes with a 120km/h limit. We did head up to Amsterdam on one day but the whole journey was just 1000km of boring.

Then I see your pictures.

The autumnal colour from the trees, the undulating roads passing through the those peaks. The twists and turns. Everything about your trip seems the exact opposite of my trip.

I must come up to your part of the world soon to share in this for real.

To be honest I am surprised you haven't. For a keen photographer and driver there is no finer place to go in the UK. It makes a great family holiday too.

See the link I gave to Tan, thats a good Perthshire one, but you really want to see the west coast and some of the Cairgorms

Like this but add in Durness and Bonar bridge after Ullapool

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?sadd...ZA&oq=Edinburgh&gl=uk&mra=ls&via=3,13&t=m&z=8
 
Over the last 7 days I have driven to Holland and back on smooth straight European autoroutes with a 120km/h limit. We did head up to Amsterdam on one day but the whole journey was just 1000km of boring.

Then I see your pictures.

The autumnal colour from the trees, the undulating roads passing through the those peaks. The twists and turns. Everything about your trip seems the exact opposite of my trip.

When we toured Scotland we came across a group of Dutch cyclists on holiday.

They were so thrilled with the varying terrain they decided to spend some extra days cycling it and get back to the ferry on the train instead of riding.

They were also pretty impressed with having sunburn from lying on the beach at Mull of Kintyre.
 
They were also pretty impressed with having sunburn from lying on the beach at Mull of Kintyre.

I know it's seafood country down there, but they didn't have to try and get as red as the lobsters in the sea
 
Fantasic shots Steve. No only do you know your camera well but also your country. You know where the best shots can be taken from.

My favourite is the one DCS 0583. So many colours. Fabby.
 
Fantasic shots Steve. No only do you know your camera well but also your country. You know where the best shots can be taken from.

My favourite is the one DCS 0583. So many colours. Fabby.

0583 is taken at the pass of Killiecrankie, a tour idea of the next forum one would be to Loch Rannoch, its not a great drive but the views are unreal and you can stop off, look over the bridge (or not if you don't like heights)

Sadly, with that image, the colours would be better if the sun was out, but its Scotland, no rain is good weather here.

You'll get colours like this up in the Lakes, head up to Pooley Bridge, down to Glenridding and over to Ambleside, you'll see. I nearly did the lakes instead of Perthshire yesterday, but I'd have had to spend more money on fuel:eek:
 
You'll get colours like this up in the Lakes, head up to Pooley Bridge, down to Glenridding and over to Ambleside, you'll see.

That's a proper good thrash, down to Glenridding and back to Windermere next morning.
I got stuck behind a Mazda2 and couldn't understand why He kept changing down as my car was just loping along with plenty in reserve.

Eventually I got the chance and Whoooosh...!
 
Great photographs and write up Steve!

Looks like you got the weather for a nice drive and photographs. I was working down at Cloanaig (just past Tarbert) this morning and it was chucking it down. Finished work at 1:30 and the rain cleared away for the drive back which I must say was fantastic.

I know what you mean about damp roads and RWD though, its fun when intentional but the complete opposite when it catches you out!
 

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