Thursday, 9 August 2012
Tayside and a stroll to Loch Ordie
Sadly Sue had been prescribed 'rest' after her exhausting E5 trip, so she was at work generating funds for the next trip.
Luckily, the clarity of air remained today for a 24 km (15 mile) stroll with Dave and Ollie. A lovely route from Dunkeld to Loch Ordie (top), unfortunately missing the faint path that would have led us up Deuchary Hill. That'll have to wait until another time.
The walk around Loch Ordie was a delight, with both Bell Heather and Ling now in bloom, adding colour compared with the sights we enjoyed in Scotland in May and June. There was lots of bird life, including Ospreys and Red-throated Divers, and a plethora of Highland flora.
We returned via the lower path to Mill Dam, having taken the upper track on our outward tack, turning right to go past Rotmell Wood and return through cooler woodland to our lodgings on this beautifully warm day.
Where have all the midges gone?
None were in evidence on our walk, or on a later jaunt beside the River Tay (bottom) when we found a need to go to town to replenish our 'medical supplies', being as it was thirsty work today.
The paths were dry and quiet, with just a few other walkers and a handful of mountain bikers enjoying the perfect weather.
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