Welcome to Scotland, it’s surprisingly open, but damned expensive.

A tricky couple of  days one way or another. It looked like we could get away for the afternoon, so we did.
I’ve been driving by the House of Bruar just off the A9 forever, but after a photie of the Falls of Bruar on the office calendar had me googling it, it looked like a walk to the falls and a look at some woollens and other country goods was in order.
Good call, the drive was in cold clear air, the tops all have snow and Holly and I enjoyed the metal of Dads iPod all the way. Lunch at House of Bruar was £17,000 but at least it was open, and the food was great. Open all year too, bloody hell, imagine that up here?

The falls are a joy, a nice wee hike too. The story is that Robert Burns visited the area and was taken by the falls, but felt sorry for them as they cut through a very familiar sight: bare highland hillside. The result was “The Humble Petition of Bruar Water”.
The Duke of Atholl did indeed heed the words of The Bard, and when Burns died in 1796, the hillside was planted and bridges built to give passage through the beauty spot.
Time has been kind the Duke’s endeavours, the fine stonework has aged wonderfully to blend perfectly with the landscape, the trees although now not the original plantings, are both diverse and glorious in shape and colour. Ach, sometimes it’s great to be a tourist.

We had cuppas when we came back down. Holly on the shoulders for most of the walk had both of us needing one. Then there were jumpers, cardigans, barbour jackets, local produce, things of tartan and things carved from wood and antlers. A long drive home into a low, burning orange sun shut the shop for the day.
Back to reality now though.

6 thoughts on “Welcome to Scotland, it’s surprisingly open, but damned expensive.”

  1. Cute girls.

    That is a nice walk – we were up there earlier this year and the falls are great. Those shops are over the top for me though – I can’t take all the twee country casuals and expensive pate. When I was there with my parents more recently I wouldn’t let us eat there – the Watermill at Blair Atholl is much better.

  2. The shops are quite an experience aren’t they :o)

    I’ll need to take a spin through Blair Atholl, it’s somewhere else I tend to drive by. So many good places to visit if you look sideways now and again.

  3. We spent the first 3 days of our recent fortnight up north in Blair Atholl – got a good late deal at the Atholl Arms Hotel. Ben Vrackie from Killiekrankie (didn’t go and look at ‘the leap’) and Glen Tilt provided the walking activity, Escape Routes in Pitlochry the gear fondling fix :)

  4. Hi, My first post here (‘though a long-time reader, or should that be ‘consumer’ or ‘customer’ in the the modern parlance!) Regardless, I have really enjoyed the site and all of your postings/musings/reviews and those of other members – good for the soul and the dreams!

    A friend and I were walking thought an area near Wigan called ‘The Plantations’ on Saturday: autumnal colours and smells abound, with a real nip of the season in the air … and yet we were only 2 miles from a large town (with a Premier league team playing at home!) The lesson learned? Appreciating the walking on the doorstep … rather than (for us) jumping in the car and driving to The Lakes or North Wales to climb a big hill.

  5. Hi Paolo, thanks for checking in!

    That’s something I noticed in the trees too, the smells of the leaves, the thick moss, the thick carpet pine cones opening, it just hangs in the air. A real contrast to being in the mountains.
    Local stuff is great, making the best use of your time is so important. Too easy to sit at home because you can’t get somewhere glamorous and then you miss out on the simple joy of putting one foot in front of the other in the open air.

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