Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Postcard from Dunkeld

River Tay


We had a beautiful weekend in Scotland, no surprise there. Just one problem; it went too quickly. Having stayed at the Hilton Dunkeld before we knew what to expect, and to be honest, I was a little nervous with Amy, she isn't known for her tact or a quietly spoken voice. But I had no need to be. She behaved like an angel; impeccable manners throughout, making us laugh, chatting to the staff. It was one of those "let's give it a try" decisions when I first booked the weekend away, and boy, am I glad we did. She had everyone in giggles just 5 minutes after checking in when she spied a bowl of apples and asked rather loudly, "are these apples free?" I looked around at the sea of faces near us, fortunately with an appreciative expression as the receptionist told her to go ahead and choose one. The room was spacious, clean and well equipped with a huge television; a home from home. As I had booked dinner, bed & breakfast, we were able to enjoy a first class meal each night. Amy and I went swimming in the hotel pool on Saturday and Sunday morning which we thoroughly enjoyed mainly because we had the pool to ourselves. The Farmer went fishing all day Saturday, my mum's birthday present to him. He didn't catch anything but had a wonderful day nonetheless.


I hope you like that photo, I nearly knocked myself out against a tree to take it, when on my way back up the steps from the shore I tripped over a large protruding tree root. The scenery is so beautiful, whenever we go we always find it difficult to leave. On the Sunday we went to Killin to visit some friends of ours. They made us lunch and we chatted the afternoon away, always a pleasure to see them.

This picture was taken on the banks of Loch Tay in the village of Kenmore. A delightful spot, and one I shouldn't be surprised is used by many photographers.




The next few photographs were taken by Amy.

Hilton Dunkeld



Beautiful scenery along Loch Tay

35 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place! I'm happy Amy enjoyed it!

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  2. next time, you'd better take me with! that place look gorgeous!!! and i'm glad to hear you had a good time. pity it is really, that weekends away are not longer....

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  3. Beautiful.. such a lovely part of the world :)
    Glad you had a great time! You deserve it
    x

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  4. That looks lovely! Glad you had a good time :)
    Love the new look blog by the way!
    Will email soon xxx

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  5. Oh what a lovely break. Glad you had a good time. x

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  6. I am longing for the River Tay. Absolutely beautiful pictures. I especially love Amy's shot of the Hilton Dunkeld.

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  7. So pleased to hear you had a lovely weekend relaxing and enjoying a meal put in front of you. So glad too that the farmer could have a relaxing break away from the farm and all its worries. And Amy sounds like she had a whale of a time too.

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  8. Ah homesickness flooding over me. Good wee Amy, breeding will out as she so clearly demonstrated!

    When you get that book published you can head off up there for weeks at a time!

    It's hard to come home again just as you are relaxing into it all.

    Amy is clearly following in her mammy's footsteps with such great photo's,

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  9. I loved those photos of a beautiful place and so glad you had such a good time and that everything went well for you all.

    Tell Amy I think her photos were very good especially the notice asking people not to upset the salmon. i'm sure she wouldn't have done that.

    Nuts in May

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  10. I loved ALL the photos, also the first one! What a wonderful description of a lovely weekend. My daughter was once in Scotland and still gets dreamy eyes!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful! Sounds like a lovely time and I like Amy's photo of the sign - I would have taken a picture too. It's like when you finish a triathlon swim and you see the sign that says "no swimming."

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  12. The beauty of that place is stunning. I can see why it was so hard to leave. I'm glad everyone had a good time. Tell Amy her pictures are wonderful! I'm not surprised she did as well as she did. She really seems to be growing into herself, such a charmer.

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  13. I'm pleased you all had such a good time. I visited beautiful Loch Tay years ago and loved it. The World Cup football was on at the time, Scotland versus Holland. The Salmon Leap Pub in Killin was crowded with folk watching the game on television. Hubs said 'Whatever you do, don't breathe a word about football.' I adored the whole area.

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  14. I think I shall be going there one day! Glad you had a great time - but not suprised you did!!

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  15. I wondered why I hadn't heard from you!

    It looks lovely and relaxing. Just what you need.

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  16. Lovely photos...and it looks like Amy is giving you a run for your money, lol.

    So glad you had a good time. x

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  17. I love Scotland...such lovely photos, Kathryn, thank you so much. And the Scots and the Brits have the most straightforward signs in the world...no guesswork...it's that way in Canada, too!
    Sandi

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  18. I liked the picture that caused you so much grief and the one of the salmon sign too. Amy is a good photographer! Glad you had a splendid time.

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  19. those pics are amazing...i am glad you had so much fun. i am sure farmer had fun, catching something is just the icing on the cake.

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  20. I'm glad you all had such a good time and visiting with your friends too. I think this was so good for all of you to do. I hope you can do it again some time soon in the future. I think some time away from the farm like that in a pampered place is good for you guys. I know it's expensive, but you should maybe make it a priority. Welcome back, though, and how did it go at the doctor's?

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  21. Beautiful photos, Crystal! Both you and Amy are expert photographers! Glad to know you had a good time! :)

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  22. Glad you had a good weekend. I hope that it has lifted your spirits.

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  23. Great shots it looks like a fantastic area to get away. Thanks so much for sharing and welcome home

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  24. Looks beautuful and so peaceful.

    Glad you all ahd a lovely time.

    :)

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  25. So pleased you all had a wonderful time - super photos :)

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  26. So glad you had a nice break in a beautiful spot - it looks more-ish!

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  27. Sounds -and looks too -like you had a really lovely vacation. Who ever wants to return home when you're enjoying such a lovely place and having lots of relaxation along with it.

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  28. Beautiful photos - do you use Photoshop to put the blue sky into the Scottish photos? (Only joking, I went once when it was sunny).

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  29. Wonderful! I would so like to visit Scotland and search for my ancestors.

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  30. Beautiufl photos! Makes me want to take a trip there myself. Sorry you almost hurt yourself on the tree taking that one photo....it's beautiufl though :)

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  31. Hello
    What a wonderful place!
    I'm very glad to hear you had a good time swimming and having delicous meals in Scotland. You seemed to need a break! I'd very much like to go there sometime!!

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  32. Such lovely pictures! Glad you had a nice time. I've just spent two weeks in Sweden and there are some pics on my blog if you're interested. The landscape of Scotland and Sweden is quite similar in a way. I wouldn't mind living somewhere like that. The cold wouldn't really bother me.

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  33. Thank you for all your comments. Scotland was indeed beautiful.

    CJ xx

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  34. glad you all got a much deserved family vacation. i enjoyed all the photos. someday i would like to see scotland.

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