Scotland part three - Pitlochry (pit-lock-ree)   

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The owner Jim at our small hotel in Pitlochry suggested during breakfast that we take the walk along the River Trummel and then the River Garry walk, about five-miles west to Killiecrankie, since it was going to be a light rainy day.  He said to ask the tea shop person at the end of the walking trail to call us a cab back for a few pounds each, which we did.     

ped bridge over River Trummel River Trummel fall color Scotland Hydro
  pioneered fish ladders there's a pipe connecting each section seasonal salmon counter
fish & eggs in the rain the lake at the dam fireweed is everywhere  
    in the woods native red squirrel
about a two hour walk bridge at a waterfall   a trail walker
  clever erosion control River Garry  
Scottish National Railway structural engineers' coat of arms   Soldier's Leap overlook & end of the trail
  in Killiecrankie          

Later Paul and I left Pitlochry and drove back to the Killiecrankie area to see Blair Castle, while Doris stayed behind to do some shopping.  The self-guided tour was very informative, but photos were not allowed inside the Castle. 

Outside again afterwards, Paul and I checked out the walled garden. 

Blair Castle driveway  splendid architecture self-guided tour inside legendary Scottish fiddler Neil Gow
  fall color on overcast & rainy day   the royal harem of a red deer  
  walled garden    
  yellow flowers on a grey day   a sense of history
espalier fruit tree method pears photos of past garden keepers  
formal gardens require generations of gardeners photography goes back to the mid 1800s a royal view

That night we found great pub food in an old hotel just up the hill, and, good music a little later in a different pub, just down the hill.  

   

We enjoyed our few chats with Jim, the B&B owner, shown below, during our stay.  He's from Ireland.  In the second photo he's holding a recently acquired photo of his grandmother, given to him recently by a town resident.   

Next morning on our way out of town, we walked downhill to the railway station before we drove for about two hours on the freeway to Edinburgh.    

Jim   railway station
Paul, sometimes a nut job older station newer one

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