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Just one example of the many trips to make from Milton Cottage B&B to give you a flavour of beautiful Highland Perthshire.
Go west through Aberfeldy and Kenmore following the A827 along the northern side of Loch Tay. About 3/4 of the way along the loch take a right up to the Ben Lawyers Visitor Centre. The single track passes the centre on the right and Lochan na Lairige on the left. When you get to Bridge of Balgie you can either turn left, a cul de sac, and go west to the start/end of Glen Lyon . East again is beautiful Bridge of Balgie. This is Glen Lyon's major commercial centre, housing as it does a post office that doubles up as a tea room offering some of the most friendly and helpful service you'll find in Scotland.
Glen Lyon is one of Scotland's most beautiful glens and a hidden treasure. Head off through Aberfeldy turning right in the town by the Black Watch Inn down over Wades Bridge passing Weem, Castle Menzies and Dull. At Keltneyburn turn left to Fortingall. This is one of the most beautiful villages in Scotland. From the big house at the western end and past the farm, the village extends on to the extremely attractive Fortingall Hotel and the nearby church. In the middle is the biggest surprise of all, a number of marvellous thatched cottages. Fortingall has two main claims to fame. In the churchyard, surrounded and protected by a stone wall and locked gate are the still growing and flourishing remains of the Fortingall Yew. The central heart of this tree has long since been removed by souvenir hunters (hence the wall), but it is thought to be 5000 years old. If so, it is probably the oldest living thing on Earth. And Fortingall's other claim to fame? It is said that the village was the site of a Roman encampment during one of their very early incursions into Scotland. A local girl "fell pregnant" after a liaison with a Roman soldier. Their child's name? Pontius Pilate.
After Fortingall turn right up Glen Lyon. After a few miles through high sided hills you will reach the remains of Carnbane Castle close to the hamlet of Invervar. This was built in the 1500's by Red Duncan Campbell the Hospitable. West again is beautiful Bridge of Balgie. This is Glen Lyon's major commercial centre housing as it does a post office that doubles up as a tea room offering some of the most friendly and helpful service you will find in Highland Perthshire!
Upper Glen Lyon is mountain-bound and as remote as anywhere you are likely to find in this part of Scotland. A little further east and the base of the glen becomes more fertile, especially once you pass Meggernie Castle. This was built by Mad Colin Campbell in 1585. It was these lower more fertile reaches of Glen Lyon that attracted the attentions of raiding MacDonalds from Glen Coe on many occasions between 1500 and the 1680s. And it was Mad Colin Campbell who caught and hung 30 of them on one such raid. The Glen follows the River Lyon and the road ends at the dam head of Loch Lyon. To make a circular route, if you are feeling adventurous, you can take the road climbing south from Bridge of Balgie over the main Ben Lawers ridge at a height of over 500m and passing the NTS Visitor Centre before descending to the main road a few miles east of Killin. This road is single track and best described as "adventurous" even in good weather. It is not kept open in winter. At the main road turn left and head back towards Kenmore and Aberfeldy.
A great day out from Milton Cottage, Dalguise, Dunkeld. You can either take a packed lunch with you or try the Tea Rooms at Bridge of Balgie or the Coffee Shop in Kenmore or the Kenmore Hotel perhaps.