Our travels this month weren't strictly for research as we managed to arrange a trip away that coincided with our first wedding anniversary. Of course, we can never really manage to drive around Scotland without stopping to photograph road signs or to check out back lanes, but we did manage to strike a good balance of self-indulgence and work.
The self indulgence came from a stay at our favourite romantic hideaway hotel which is located in a picturesque little village of thatch roofed cottages. We aren't going to tell you the hotel's name as it is already so busy that it has taken us over a year to get booked in. However, you should be able to work it out if you download our free guide to the "12 Most Memorable B&Bs".
Our theme for this weekend was to fit in as many waterfall walks that we could. To try and capture some of the mood of these cascades we took short videos at the Falls of Bruar, Birks o' Aberfeldy and the Reekie Linn. The restricted view of a camera can't really do justice to these locations, but you'll get some sense of the variety that they offer.
First up are the Falls of Bruar a few miles north of Pitlochry and easily accessed from the House of Bruar shopping complex. The House of Bruar is a bit of a tourist trap with incredibly expensive clothing, however the cafe has excellent, affordable cakes and you can pile a mountain of whipped cream on top of the cake as it is self service. Not bad for £2.50.
The walk to the falls is a lovely route uphill through forests that were planted in the early 1800's. The planting initially started as a memorial to Robert Burns who had written a poem requesting some trees to be sowed in the barren landscape. The first waterfall is easily reached with a short walk, but you really need to climb to the Upper Bridge to get the full effect. The Video Clip is just one small section of the waterfalls.
Next on the list are the Birks o' Aberfeldy, which were also made famous by Robert Burns. He seems to have had a waterfall themed tour as well! The Birks is a wooded glade just south of Aberfeldy and a popular Sunday walk with the locals. In our opinion, it isn't quite as appealing a walk as the Falls of Bruar because you tend to have your view of the waterfall blocked by trees. The cascade is also more hidden because it lies in a deeper gorge with steep sides that are too dangerous to edge up to.
Our last waterfall on this trip was the Reekie Linn near Alyth. It is an easy one to walk to, but is much less visited as it is on a road that is away from the mainstream tourist trails. In fact, it's easy to drive past the car park for the Reekie Linn waterfall and not even know that it was there. Unlike the two other waterfalls, the path starts at the highest point of the waterfall which then drops 24 metres in a two stage drop. The video doesn't do justice to the energy of this cascade, which certainly seems like the loudest of the three.