We had a fantastic day out yesterday when we went to The Hermitage at Dunkeld. There is a lovely forest walk up to Ossian's Hall - a folly apparently dedicated to the 'semi-mythical' poet Ossian (who is supposed to have lived around the 3rd century). The walk follows the River Braan and there are several rapids andwaterfalls, the most amazing of which is the Black Linn Fall - which is overlooked by the folly. Further on past the folly is Ossian's Cave where a hermit was supposed to have lived - I am not sure if there is any truth in that or not - there seem to be varying accounts! You can walk further again to another waterfall that drops 70ft but we didn't go quite that far. I wish we had now that I have read more about it - I can imagine it would have been spectacular with all the rain we have had.
We came across a lovely little cottage that looked uninhabited and everyone thought it would be the ideal place to stay (well, apart from me - it was lovely but a bit far off the beaten track for me!).
It was just magical being in the forest - the trees, the birdsong, the rushing river - quite amazing and invigorating. These natural places always make you feel more alive don't you think? We also came across Blaeberry bushes everywhere, loads of interesting fungi and lichen, wild raspberries and even redcurrants!
I've made a slideshow of photos from the day that you can see on the right hand side of the blog (I tried but couldn't get it actually in the blog itself!). I would definitely recommend the Hermitage as a place to go and just enjoy nature at it's best, but bearing in mind that it was pretty busy when we were there - I guess due to it being the weekend and the holiday season.