Monday, September 20, 2010

New Paths at The Hermitage

The short walk from the NTS carpark by the A9 at Dunkeld through the falls of Braan at The Hermitage, is a popular jaunt - an done we have done many, many times since the kids were tiny. Only later did we discover that a lovely walk to the same spot is possible from 'rumbling bridge', walking downstream to the falls.
Walking in from the North side has two advantages. One, parking at rumbling bridge is free! Secondly, as well as seeing the falls of Braan, this walk starts by the impressive waterfalls which create the sound which give rumbling bridge its name.

Walking a Saturday or two ago with our neighbours and their children also meant new discoveries for us around The Hermitage. They took us off on new paths, which we hadn't even noticed before. The woodlands tracks took us first past the bizarre, weird, contorted and profoundly odd-looking folly of Torryvald.
From here a new track winds its way up through dense woodland, until suddenly and surprisingly opening out to this strange structure.
Maybe it is supposed to resemble an eyeball? However strange this little wooden hut is, it provides a pleasant shelter, and seat with a magnificent views up and down Strathtay.

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