Autumn Leaves

Something we lack a bit in the northwest are those beautiful cathedral like woods with tall stretching beech trees. Of course in the autumn nothing much can beat a cold walk with the leaves gently tumbling down to the ground and the smell of snow in the air.

Autumn Leaves

It just so happened that we were over near Dunkeld visiting friends this weekend and after sitting out the rain in a coffee shop wondering what to do next I suddenly remembered the Hermitage Walks. I hadn’t really been there before so was intrigued to explore. The rain stopped and the sun came out. It was the east after all, in the west particularly this year it would be a reduction in the intensity of rain followed by a heavier down pour! We may have opted for another coffee but here on the east a leg stretch was in order.

We set out from the car park and followed the path along the River Braan, which was in spate. I wasn’t disappointed the trees were beautiful and we picked up leaves as we went along.

Not knowing what to expect we arrived at a couple of rapids and a big pool. Lazily gazing at the water Finlay suddenly pointed and said he had seen a salmon jump. A little further on there was a strange building called Ossian’s Hall. It’s very deceptive as the first little room you go into is all dark and appears to be a dead end expect for another door. On first investigation the door didn’t move but with a little detective work I realized that it slid to one side and there beyond was a spectacular view of the Black Linn Falls. It was stunning and a real surprise. I think if we had stayed long enough we might have seen salmon working their way up the waterfall but it was getting late and the lady turned up to lock the hall up for the night.

We took our leaves back home later and made some pictures. Sometimes the best days out are the ones you didn’t plan for or expect it was a really lovely place and worth another trip.

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Jennie Abell

Jennie Abell

About Me & Mine

We are Jennie, Matt, Finlay, Torrin and a whole extra family of fluffy animals some of whom join us on our adventures.

Favourite place in the world:

We have many favourite places but I think the one that tops them all is our recent discovery of the Singing Sands on the West Coast Scotland.  Truly beautiful.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Canoeing, skiing, all sorts really, but best of all drinking coffee while sitting in the garden in our hammock.

Comments (4)

  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    31 October 2017 at 11:18 | #

    Wow! Look at that river!! And I have an 11 yo here who is cooing over your heart-shaped leaf (bottom right of the your photo). Yes, I definitely agree about the best walks often being sudden impulse ones. I've never been on the Hermitage Walks but keep hearing about the whole area - definitely on my Must Visit list now.

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    • Jennie Abell

      Jennie Abell

      08 November 2017 at 10:47 | #

      Well spotted I hadn't seen the heart shaped leaf!

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  • Helen and Ian

    Helen and Ian

    04 November 2017 at 17:49 | #

    Definitely a great place and one we used to go to frequently. Venturing out onto the rocks is a favourite for James (if rather heart-stopping for me!)

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  • Jennie Abell

    Jennie Abell

    08 November 2017 at 11:00 | #

    Wow you are a very tolerant Mum! Did you used to leave near by?

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