Perth, Scotland

Whenever I Google Perth the one in Australia pops up but it’s the original one which we visit. I was looking for secondhand bookshops and looking at a map thinking – I don’t recognise anything here, no wonder, it was in the Antipodes. And if you’re interested, the Oxfam bookshop seems to be the only secondhand one in Perth.

Perth is one of the places we’ve been looking at with a view to moving there, it’s a city, but quite a small one and is close to some fantastic countryside. The only worry is that the place is prone to flooding. The photo above is of the River Tay and it flows past the High Street. As you can see, it was a lovely blue sky day when I took this one last Friday.

They have spent loads of money on a flood defence system which seems to be working. The whole riverside has been done up and looks very smart, modern but stylish.

The above photo is a close up of one of the bridges at the top of the Perth High Street area. Although we like Perth we decided against moving there, we looked at four or five houses which were quite nice but they were all located close to something called ‘The Lade’ which when we were there was a fairly menacing small river. One of the houses was just about 10 yards away from it and I could imagine that The Lade might be a frequent visitor to the house. I was assured that this wouldn’t happen but I know that in heavy rain I would just worry my head off about being inundated by it.

The photo above is of the top of the High Street, before you get to the shops and the River Tay is just opposite this building.

The photo above is of a pedestrian precinct just off the High Street, it was about 4 o’clock when I took this photo. It’s a strange thing but in Perth all the shoppers disappear home very early. At the end of the street you can just see the Salutation Hotel, Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed there when they were planning the 1745 Rebellion.

Above is a close up of the hotel, which is in need of a bit of buffing up before the tourist season begins, if you ask me. I’ve been told that it’s very nice inside though.

The photo below is of the other side of the River Tay. I took all of the river photographs within a very short distance of each other, just pointing the camera in different directions. It’s a lovely riverside I think, but the houses that we viewed weren’t tempting enough to make us want to live there. We’ll just keep Perth as a great place to visit for a day out.

Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland

When I woke up on Sunday morning and realised that it was a dead dreich day (in other words – miserably grey, damp day) – I was really glad that we had grabbed a hold of the sunshine of the previous day and gone for a drive up north of Perth to Dunkeld. It’s one of my favourite destinations. This is a photo of the High Street, taken from the middle of the bridge over the River Tay.

Dunkeld from bridge

There’s not a lot there shop-wise, which suits me fine as I’m happier looking at scenery than ‘stuff’, but we had a wander around the wee town anyway, I decided that I didn’t need a lovely old framed print, so I didn’t buy it and so didn’t help out the country’s economy, but on the other hand – I helped our economy!

The photo below is of the River Tay, taken from the middle of the bridge again, looking south. As you can see, the trees aren’t even showing a haze of green at the moment, and who could blame them for keeping their tender parts tucked away from the cold wind.

River Tay at Dunkeld

And the photo below is looking along the river towards the north.

aR Tay North

We walked along the riverbank for a wee while and this was the best photo I could get of the bridge through the trees.

abridge through trees

So that was Dunkeld, we climbed a hill to have a look at the war memorial of course, and I thought to myself – maybe Dunkeld would be a nice place to move to. But on the way back to Fife I noticed a roadsign which said Edinburgh 56 miles – and that seems an awful long way from civilisation to me, so it put me right off the idea. The search continues!

Newburgh, Fife, Scotland

Last Saturday was a lovely day and as we tend to think that every good day should be treasured and not taken for granted, we decided to visit Newburgh and have a walk around. We had been there before but had really not been further than the main street.

Newburgh panorama

We were kind of thinking that it might be a possibility as a place to retire to but on second thoughts it’s just too remote and far from what I regard as civilization (Glasgow) even further north and no nearer the west. If you take a look here you’ll see that it’s right at the opposite end of the county from Kirkcaldy and is on the River Tay. The riverside is well maintained with a nice picnic area and some lovely trees.

Trees on bank of River Tay at Newburgh

I was quite impressed with the place, they had obviously had a bit of a shindig in the community centre for the Royal Wedding the day before. So I think there must be a good community spirit there. The locals seemed to be friendly which is very unusual in Fife and Fifers are quite happy to admit that themselves. The saying in Scotland is that ‘It takes a lang spoon tae sup with a Fifer’. In other places the word Fifer is replaced by Devil!

Yachts on River Tay 2

The town is surrounded by quite nice hills and the River Tay is well used by local yachtsmen, which looked good fun. The Tay is looking manky at the moment or maybe it’s always like that there, in which case the city of Perth must be responsible for the muck because at Dunkeld which is north of Perth the Tay is lovely and clear.

Yachts on River Tay 1

So, the hunt continues!

Dunkeld Bridge and the River Tay

Bridge over Tay at Dunkeld

We parked the car at the Loch of the Lowes, intending to go for a good long walk around the loch, but it turned out that you can’t do that. We ended up walking to Dunkeld from there, which was a first for us. We thought that we were never going to get to the town, it seemed a lot further away than the signposts stated, I think they must have been country miles!

Anyway, by the time we got to Dunkeld we were pretty tired and didn’t feel up to doing our usual river walk along the ‘silveryTay’, so we just had a sit down by the cathedral and had a bit of a rest before making the very steep climb over the hill to the car park at the Loch of the Lowes again. We didn’t see any birds flying about at all, never mind ospreys, just loads of bird-watchers.

As usual we had great intentions of going further north but never did get around to it during the two week long spring holiday, which went past in a flash. Never mind, this coming Good Friday is another holiday and then there’s the royal wedding holiday, then the May Bank holiday and just to make things even weirder, the Easter weather forecast is really good. How rare is that!