Saturday, 30 May 2015

Out and About

Although it can hardly be called summer up here in the west coast of Scotland, we've been enjoying getting out and about at weekends for walks and coffees. The one is my reward for the other! Last weekend, we revisited one of the local beauty spots in the countryside not too far from here. I think I mentioned it a couple of years ago on the blog. To get there, it's a lovely drive through wide, empty moorland populated with lots of sheep which wander on to the country road. It's even better just now with all the lambs about, though we had to be extra careful to watch out for the wanderers.



Loch Thom is the local reservoir and further on, at the famous old Cut which carried the water from the reservoir at one time, there's a great nature trail which starts off with a lovely level stroll along a path, then gradually begins to slope down until you're level with the meandering burn way down in the depths. If you continue on, you can cross the little bridge and gradually climb up the endless stairs on the other side  It feels like another world, fairly near a big town, yet right out in the countryside. One of the scenes in The Highland Lass takes place out here! The gorse was fantastic, with its splashes of yellow everywhere and the waterfall is at the beginning of the trail.


It's a great place for picnics and you can also walk in the opposite direction from the Cut back along the moorland path beside the Loch. It's also a great place to get fitter, with all that walking and it's a change from our usual coastal walks. Next time, I'm hoping to get a few more miles in!

Rosemary

11 comments:

Nicola said...

Lovely pictures, Rosemary. I wonder if there is a secret passage behind that beautiful waterfall? That would make for a lovely story. Wishing you all the best!!

Teresa Ashby said...

It looks so beautiful and peaceful, Rosemary. I can almost hear that waterfall splashing xx

susanjanejones said...

Absolutely stunning, Rosemary, thanks for sharing.

Joanna said...

What a beautiful walk that must be, Rosemary. I love the waterfall and the vibrant colour of the gorse. It makes a stunning picture and what an inspiration it must have been for the scene from The Highland Lass. You live in such a lovely and peaceful part of the world. xxx

Patsy said...

It does look like a lovely place for a walk.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Nicola - now that's a good idea!

It's very peaceful at certain stretches, Teresa.

Thanks Susan, it was a lovely morning out!

Thanks, Joanna - we have some lovely areas around us, even though there's also a town about 15 minutes away too!

When we're a bit fitter, we're aiming to walk the whole trail, Patsy - it's a while since I've it all!

Julia Thorley said...

Right, that's it: I'm going for a walk.

Carolb said...

Looks a wonderful place to walk and explore, Rosemary. It's not been that summery further south either. :-)

Wendy's Writing said...

I've only been to Scotland once as a sulky teenager... Your photos show me what I've been missing.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Wish I was still out in the countryside walking, Julia!

Weather seems bad everywhere this year, Carol.

They're not the best ones either, Wendy - lots of beautiful places to explore up here!

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