After a busy week at work and finally starting to feel better after my cold, I really felt the need to get out in the fresh air and get some gentle exercise. So, on saturday, undeterred by the clouds and miserable weather, we wraped ourselves up and decided to take a trip to Comrie in Perthshire. It was recently voted the Large Village Britain in Bloom winner by the RHS. Unfortunately, the blooms are now long gone but the village remains very charming and we had a little wander admiring the pretty cottages and little shops along the main street. I've learned that Comrie lies on the Highland Boundary Fault and because it has experienced many minor earthquakes in the past, has been nicknamed the Shakin' Toon.
We then took a walk up a narrow gorge leading to the Deil's Cauldron (or Devil’s kettle) - a spectacular waterfall. In Gaelic it is Slocha'n Donish and legend has it that it was the favourite haunt of a brownie or water elf called Uris-chidh who enticed victims down into the huge natural pothole. The waterfall plunges through the cauldron and is rather impressive! We really enjoyed walking through woodland paths covered in fallen leaves in vibrant colours, looking at mushrooms (apart from ceps, I can’t recognize them and it was much safer to leave them where they were!) and throwing spiky chestnut husks at each other (we love each other really!).
The banks of Glen Lednock
We took the long way back to Glasgow, stopping off for a bite to eat at the cosy Munro Inn in Strathyre, driving through beautiful countryside in the Trossachs and enjoying the views over Loch Earn and Loch Lubnaig.
Came back to Glasgow much refreshed and that nasty cold is definetely forgotten!