Scotland Journals

From Ayrshire to the Highlands

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An August 2009 trip to Scotland by Drever

Highland Folk Museum  Photo, Newtonmore, Scotland More Photos
Quote: This journal covers places visited during stopovers made on a trip from and to the Orkney Isles but also contains an entry on Dumfries which is closer to home.

Stanley Mills

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Stanley Mills Photo, Stanley, Scotland
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Included in the various places we visited while making a stopover in Pitlochry on our way back from the Orkney Isles was the Stanley Mills nine miles north of Perth. Its complex consists of three cotton mills that were once Perthshire’s largest industrial concern. The Mills has recently opened its doors to become another leading attraction in Scotland. Located in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Tay, they are an ambitious project using the latest technology, to protect and promote the heritage of the country. Focusing on the Industrial Revolution and the industrial history of Perth, Stanley Mills is a hands-on trip into the past.The original Bell Mill completed in 1878 harnesse...Read More

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Highland Folk Museum

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Highland Folk Museum  Photo, Newtonmore, Scotland
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We stopped at Kingussie overnight while making our way north to the Orkney Isles. In the morning before continuing our journey we visited The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. It consists of buildings and contents relocated to the site from various parts of the Highlands. There is the 1930's section with farm, school, crofters house and station and the 1700's section with traditional houses and crafts. We were free to enter houses and wander through them. The people dressed in traditional costumes proved happy to chat to adults and children about life in those times, how they lived and how they worked. The site brings history alive.The museum stretches for a mile and occupyin...Read More

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Highland Folk Museum
Kingussie Road
Newtonmore PH20 1AY
+44 (1540) 661-307

Dunkeld Cathedral

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Dunkeld Cathedral Photo, Dunkeld, Scotland
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During a two day stay in Pitlochry while returning from the Orkney Isles we made a short drive south to the small town of Dunkeld. Its importance in history outweighs its size for Dunkeld was once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. For more than a thousand years this has been a place of Christian worship.There appears to have been a Christian settlement here as early as the 6th century. The first building of mud and wattle were replaced by a stone church, which in time was replaced by a cathedral. Situated on the banks of the River Tay surrounded by the Perthshire hills and sheltered by forest trees, the Cathedral of St Columba is considered to be one of the most picturesque cathedral...Read More

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Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld PH8 0AW
+44 1350 727249

Fishers Hotel

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Fishers Hotel Photo, Pitlochry, Scotland
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On our way home from a week in the Orkney Isles, we stopped off in Pitlochry for two nights to take in a couple of shows at its popular theatre. We had previously booked a room at the Fishers Hotel through a discounting company. On approaching the hotel I spotted one difference from the previous year immediately. The ivy, which had covered most of the front wall of the hotel and threatened to do the same for the windows had gone.Checking in proved quick and easy but the elevator proved to be one of the slowest I have experienced. Just at the point in time when we decided it must be broken it chugged into life. It was to repeat this trick each time so we often used the stairs instead....Read More

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Fishers Hotel
75-79 Atholl Road
Scotland, United Kingdom PH16 5BN
+44 01796 472000