We originally intended only a 1 night stay in Pitlochry but after reading lonely planet and loving the campsite, we decided to spend a second day and night here.
We awoke to lovely sunshine again. After a late breakfast we wandered along the Tummel River to visit the dam and walk up the side of the fish ladder. We spot red squirrels and rabbits, the first wildlife of our holiday. Sadly we don’t spot any salmon climbing the fish ladder, we may be a little early. There are fly fisherman in their waders standing in the river casting their very long lines, but they don’t seem to be landing any fish. A visit to the newish Dam visitor centre is a lot of fun, a mix of hands on stuff and videos and just the right amount of info. We enjoy tea and coffee and share a yummy scone overlooking the dam and river.
Our next stop is Explorers, the Scottish plant hunters garden, which celebrates plant hunters who travelled the globe in the 18C and 19C bringing back new plants and trees, a very dangerous occupation as they nearly all died young. It was a good walk in the sunshine.
We stop at the Fisherman’s Inn, initially for a half in the sun at the side of the river. Everyone is eating and the food looks good so we share a sandwich and chips and enjoy a second beer. Final daytime stroll back into Pitlochry, across the wobbly bridge again, to post some birthday cards and pick up superglue. Mountain Warehouse are having a sale so I buy a second pair of walking trousers in anticipation of more challenging weather ahead.
Wander into Pitlochry the long way round after steak and veg in the van. End up watching football….again, plus ca change 😁.