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Perthshire Weekend 2014

Perthshire Weekend 2014

Highland Perthshire Weekend 2014

Tay TRs first run of the year set of from the picturesque Quarry Mill woodland walk on the outskirts of Perth. The weather forecast was unpromising and with an alternative plan in mind should the rain be on for the day we met at the Quarry Mill tea room for coffee. By the time we were ready for the off the sky had cleared and it was tops down.

The planned route would take us north through Blairgowrie and crossing Moulin Moor drop down to Pitlochry. From Pitlochry we made our way along the south side of Loch Tummel and on to Kinloch Rannoch for lunch.

Lunch taken, it was off round Loch Rannoch heading west to Bridge of Gaur and back down the South road meeting the Schiehallon road at the foot of the loch.

A steep climb out of Rannoch over the shoulder of Schiehallon led us down into the Tay valley and our overnight stop at Aberfeldy.

Once book in at the Balnearn Hotel (can be recommended) it was noticed a small oil slick had appeared in the car park. This was quickly traced to Pete's car and after investigation and a few differing opinions was diagnosed as a damaged oil cooler pipe.

After a comfortable stay at the Balnearn Hotel and an enjoyable dinner at the Moness Country Club we set off on Sunday morning making for Glen Lyon, after a detour to Ballinluig for fuel, the petrol station in Aberfeldy being closed for redevelopment.

Again the weather was better than forecast and the glen was looking at its best. The hill tops still white after the snowiest winter for many years.

At Bridge of Balgie progress slowed to a crawl. On what should have been a great six or seven miles of moorland road a local resident decided 10 mph was fast enough for a Sunday morning in Glen Lyon and we had no option but to follow.

We eventually made it to the top of the glen where a wrong turning took us to the dam and power station which made a convenient stop.

Back on the road again it should have been an easy drive over a private hill road into Glen Lochay, some four miles. It was a few years since I had used this road and very quickly realised its condition was not good and seemed to deteriorate the further we progressed. Now past the point of no return the road would have been a challenge for a Landover. Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse at the far end we came on a closed gate. Fortunately it was not locked and we made our way down Glen Lochay to Killin and a coffee stop.

Nerves now settled we set off down Strathearn passing through Lochearndead, Comrie and Crieff and via the Sma' Glen on to the finish at the visitors centre Bankfoot.

Thanks to all who took part and made it a great weekend. Hope to do something similar next year.

Tay TRs Group

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