In July 2013, our annual golf pilgrimage took us to Muirfield, East Lothian.
After a fantastic day on the course, the tigers were spotted on the beach in nearby North Berwick, as the sun came down, the fun continued.
Some tigers on the beach at North Berwick
Having been to Barcelona, Seattle, Dublin, Whistler in British Columbia and then Madrid all in one week, I thought it was time to come closer to home and reflect at the weekend on domestic sporting events of epic proportions – and nothing comes close to the British Open Golf Championship; especially if you are dressed as a tiger for the weekend.
It has to be said that this was a special day!
East Lothian Local constabulary working with the gamekeepers to round up the tigers and one stray lion.
The golf was amazing, but sadly Tiger was not up to scratch – even with our support he never delivered the result we were all hoping for.
Gullane Bents is a beautiful setting for an early morning or early evening walk.
The combination of a sweeping long beach coupled to undulating dunes looking out over
to Fife and the Firth of Forth, is a real treat as well as a mouthful at sunrise or sunset.
Back up in Scotland, for a special Easter in Aberfeldy
Well hello again, back up here to enjoy my mum’s cooking and some great Easter fun with the family in the sunshine.
One of the highlights is always to decorate eggs and then hide them in the garden, this year I took on a highland piper theme – and won the competition hands down.
We have traditionally always visited highland Perthshire around the Easter holiday, but very rarely does the sun shine, so we made the most of it this year and did a lot of walking under cloudless blue skies and twenty degree heat. Along the banks of the River Tay
A lovely 8 mile walk is possible from Aberfeldy to kenmore, starting at General Wade’s bridge, take the footpath on the far side and follow the river along all the way to Kenmore. We did this walk on easter Sunday on a bright sunny day.
The bridge build by General Wade to take his troops over the River Tay at Aberfeldy.
We set out along the path looking towards the snow covered peaks of Ben Lawers in the distance – itself along the bank of Loch Tay, past Kenmore as the River gives way to the open Loch.
At regular intervals the riverside path can be left behind for a right turn towards various local attractions in the glen. The House of Menzies and Menzies Castle are both within a mile and a half of Aberfeldy.
The House of Menzies is a great spot to stop off, have a coffee and a cake and perhaps buy some wine from the fantastic selection on offer at the wine merchants within the courtyard.
Further along, towards Dull, you can divert to the excellend Highland Safari Centre, with its deer park, mountain bike trail, gold panning and activity centre looking out across the glen.
I am sat in my parents house, in Scotland. Another country in fact.
A place where I came on holiday as a kid, a place where it always rains, and a place that is beautiful, but 300 miles away from where I live, so it brings back memories, makes me think, and brings a number of images to the forefront of my mind.
This started me off, belatedly to thinking of starting a blog, to write about things that interest me – travel, photography and people in places that I have been or plan to go to.
Not the first blog in this area I am sure, but its my first one, so lets see how we get on.
So what about Aberfeldy and the surrounding area? I have been here many times, and it never changes, sitting in Perthshire, down the road from the main A9, but far enough off the beaten track to be another world.
General Wade stands aloft overlooking his famous bridge over the river Tay
The town also includes a memorial to the Black Watch, an 18-hole golf course, a children’s park, and a town square that features stores, restaurants and art galleries. In 2002, Aberfeldy was granted Fairtrade Town status, which was renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation on 15 December 2003.
The Aberfeldy Footbridge over the River Tay is constructed entirely of composite materials. It connects two holes of the town’s golf course on either sie of the River Tay (All courtesy of Wikipedia).
The recently refurbished Birks cinema – a fantastic community effort that is a credit to all involved. With cinema, cafe and bar, the Birks is restored to its former glory. I remember seeing Rollerball here as a kid…..
I will keep revisiting these pages, as I will always be visiting this spot to remember the past