Friday, July 26, 2013

Holiday Diary - Day 15

The start of the 3rd week of our holiday saw us heading north for the day, up to Blair Atholl and a tour of Blair Castle, the home of the Murray of Atholl clan. Sue lays claim to this as part of her family history as her Great Grandmother (on her father's side) was Susan Murray.

It wasn't exactly what I was expecting of a castle, more of an estate manor.

Here are the some of the photos we took today.

Quite an impressive sight.

We were greeted by the sounds of the pipes as we drove up

I quite liked the sign on the rubbish bin

There seem to be a lot of these babbling brooks around Britain

I went for a walk around the garden

Saw lots of pretty flowers

And a family of swans (there are cygnets in the foreground and a couple of white swans further back)
I do have a close ups of these if anyone wants to see them but I had there were so many photos taken I needed to cull a few.

There were statues set in the walls.

And even vegatables (the broad beans looked quite healthy)

An oriental style bridge

Hercules keeps an eye on things

The view towards the southern end

The view towards the northern end

The Church of Scotland just across the road from the castle driveway
On the way back we mad a slight detour via Pitlochry so we could get a closer look at Lock Faskally and we found some other items of interest there too.

A sculpture of some otters and fish

A bench seat dedicated to a fisherman watched over by an old lady.

Loch Faskally
We made another detour to look at a craft shop but didn't see anything of interest there.

Tomorrow we head north again to Inverness via Glen Bogle.


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