Clifford Tour of Scotland, May 15th 2004
4 person small group tour which commenced on May 15th, 2004 at
Edinburgh International Airport. This group brought excellent
weather with them to Scotland, in fact it never rained once during
Group arrived at Edinburgh Airport at 12.40pm, and travelled North
West over the Kincardine Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife for a
lunch break in the ancient and bonny village of Culross
with its old Mercat
Cross. After a lunch of Fish
and Chips at the Red
Lion in Culross we headed out of Fife, and North into Perthshire,
stopping first at
Muthill Post Office before visiting Muthill
Church and Muthill
Churchyard. A few miles from Muthill we stopped for a short
visit in Crieff
High Street. From Crieff we travelled through the Sma Glen
and onwards to the Falls at Rumbling
Bridge before completing our first days drive in Dunkeld
where we settled into our base location at The
Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
After a full Scottish Breakfast we drove South to Perth to rummage
at a Sunday Morning Car
Boot Sale, followed by a visit to Branklyn
Garden which sits on the side of a hill overlooking Perth.
Here is a small but magnificent garden with an impressive collection
of rare and unusual plants. From Perth we drove North East to
which is noted for its tall beech hedge which screens Meikleour
House from the main road. The hedge
was planted in 1746 and is now 85 feet high and 0.3 miles long.
It is said the hedge grows towards the heavens because the men
who planted it were killed at Culloden. From Meikleour we headed
North to lunch in Blairgowrie,
and then West to travel along the South Banks of Loch
Tummel to the visit the village Blacksmith and Sculptor at
From Keltneyburn we drove the short distance to Aberfeldy
and then onto Kenmore
on Loch Tay to have dinner at the Kenmore
Hotel, Scotland's Oldest Inn. After dinner we drove up over
the mountains and South through the beautiful Glen
Quaich before returning to Dunkeld.
An early start today as we drove South at 6.30am to The Kingdom
of Fife and to the Ancient city of St
Andrews. The two men in the group played a game of golf with
two locals from St Andrews at the famed Old
Golf Course we then travelled South to the East Neuk of Fife
and my hometown of Anstruther to have an excellent lunch of local
Pittenweem Haddock at The
Craws Nest Hotel. After lunch we visited the village of Crail
Pottery. From Crail we returned to St Andrews then back to
Perthshire via the South Bank of the River Tay, stopping
briefly at the village of Abernethy to view the Abernethy
Pictish Tower. Returning
to Dunkeld we dined at the Atholl Arms Hotel followed by an evening
of live Traditional
Scottish Music in the Tap Inn in Birnam.
After a full Scottish Breakfast we drove North to Pitlochry
for a few hours of shopping before a brief stop at the visitor
centre at Killiecrankie.
After Killiecrankie we visited The
Queens View at Loch Tummel. From Loch Tummel we drove North
over the moors
to visit Blair Castle.
After Blair Castle we returned South to Dunkeld to visit the Dunkeld
before dining at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.
After a full Scottish Breakfast we drove to the Capital City of
Edinburgh. After visiting Edinburgh
Castle, the group spent a few hours shopping and discovering
The Royal Mile and St
Giles Cathedral. Returning to Dunkeld over the Forth
Road Bridge the
group ate dinner at the Birnam
Hotel before attending a Highland
Night in the same location.
After a full Scottish Breakfast we drove to Edinburgh Airport
where the group left for London.
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