Road Trip Diary: Pitlochry, Scotland
Route: A82, A85, A827, A9, B8019.
Weather: Gorgeous sunshine (woo hoo)
We’ve decided to take the scenic route to Pitlochry despite my fear of narrow roads in a huge Motorhome! We did as advised and pulled in the wing mirrors! But I am so glad we went this way. Loch Lomond from the north west side is something else, driving past and gazing over the views up and down the Loch are simply stunning. I’m so happy we’ve got a bit of sunshine to admire the views, even if it is from the confines of the van.
The road takes us north east through the Trossachs and up to Loch Tay. We travel through amazing countryside with munroes to take your breath away. The landscape is incredibly imposing. We approach the edge of Loch Tay via Killin a gorgeous little town. We manage to find a stop off point and the east side of Loch Tay that is managed by the Forestry Commission.
“I think this is one of my favourite spots on the journey.”
You only need to see the photos to see why but saying that I find it hard to really capture what you can see with the naked eye through a lens.
We arrive at Faskally campsite early afternoon. Perfect for chilling out. A lovely caravan site just at the edge of the river Tummel. This will be our home for 3 nights. There is a small indoor pool on site. There are also the usual facilities which we made sure all our venues had, a shop, showers and toilets and a laundry room. Again it was all well kept and clean. No complaints from us.
Destination: Pitlochry Town Centre
Route: 3 mile walk down the B8019 and A924
A lovely little town to visit and home to the Blair Atholl Distillery. We didn’t venture inside as I don’t think the kids would have really appreciated whiskey tasting. Pops had some spending money so at the first sign of a sweet shop she we had to go in! She also choose yet another soft toy, a dog named Scottie! We stopped off at a lovely restaurant called Fern Cottage. It was a mediterranean themed restaurant and best of all Pud was asleep…even better he stayed asleep right until we nearly had finished our meals. Perfect timing for him to finish off our food we had saved for him whilst we had a hot drink.
We headed back on the rainy walk to the campsite for a chilled afternoon, well as chilled as you can get with a couple of screaming kids, we;ve had a lovely walk but biy are they grumpy now! Motorhomes really are cosy!
Destination: Faskally Forestry Commission site.
Route: Walked down the B8019 (because we couldn’t find the path that linked the site to the forest!), into the forestry commission site and around way marked paths and back along the riverside path to the campsite.
Weather: Cloudy with the odd spot of light rain.
Another fantastically beautiful place.
“One of my favourite days of the whole trip.”
If you love the outdoors there is so much to do round here. I do wish we had a little more time to explore this area. The walk was a total of nearly 6 miles. Through some ancient woodland to the banks of the Loch Faskally.
We stood down off the main path to take in the peaceful site of the water and the forest opposite. We let Pud out of the backpack…this boy loves the water, we held him as we let him paddle and Pops gathered stones to throw. I let go for a matter of seconds to pass the camera onto my OH and he legs it into the water, luckily it’s shallow but he was so fast, I had to run in to catch up getting soaked halfway up to my knees, Pud goes flying face first into the water as I grab his all in one and yank him back. My heart is in my mouth at this point and my feet sopping wet through. He’s ok though, surprisingly only a little damp, so glad he had his all in one on!
On we go through the woodland and eventually on to the riverside path back to the campsite. Again another beautiful walk with sites that just make you smile all the way from ear to ear. Being outdoors like this is my calm place, it’s as though it’s another world, the old one slipping away from significance. All the things that matter to me in one place.
Lucky for us the weather was kind, so apart from the incident at the shore we stayed dry. Half an hour after getting back however the heavens opened again!
This afternoon we made use of the pool. I’m not sure how her little legs coped with all this today. She is a trooper though and they both slept so well. Out comes the all bedding. With the kids in bed we open a bottle of wine and open our books all tucked up under the duvet.
Make sure you look out for the next leg of our journey… Part 4: Alnwick castle