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Standing stones, views and mud

Standing stones, views and mud


Postby Inmyowntime » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:51 pm

Route description: Clunie walk, Pitlochry

Date walked: 23/01/2016

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 12.8 km

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We took this walk on an unseasonably warm January day - about 9 degrees - but after Perthshire had endured many weeks of heavy rain. The first secton of the path up the hill was very wet, with a stream running down it, but there was often room on the grass verges to pick a route to avoid the worst of the water.

For me, a chance to see some standing stones was an added bonus on this route. So we diverted a little from Walkhighland's direction by going straight on at the crossroads, following the path signed to Strathtay 2 (miles.) A short walk along the forestry track and the stones were in a clearing on the right hand side. We stopped for a look around and to take some photos.

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We then returned to the Walkhighland route and soon were out of the forest into the moor. The views of surrounding mountain ranges was fantastic, with a little snow clinging on to the peaks and a wide expanse of heather. There was a bit of low cloud about, so these photos really didn't do it justice :( The path through the heather was narrow, but very clear. Again there were a lot of wet and muddy sections. We scrambled to a rock and had some lunch before returning to the walk.

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As we were beginning to lose a bit of light, we took a slight shortcut on a forestry track before returning to finish the walk on the Walkhighland's route. Although this did save us a bit of time, it was horribly muddy in parts.

So, a good walk. Some steep sections, standing stones and brilliant views to Ben Vrackie and the Blair Atholl mountains. But more like a factor 3 on the bog scale at this time of year.
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