Holiday in Pitlochry 9 to 13 September
Rob Roy Way - Strathtay to Pitlochry
Thursday 12th September
Leader: Clive Horsford
Photos: John Jones
The last full day provided an opportunity for some to explore the stretch of the Rob Roy Way from Strathtay to Pitlochry. An unexpected circular tour of Pitlochry’s side streets by bus began the adventure which continued with a change of vehicle at the Ballinluig interchange . Thereafter the bus , with dubious prop shaft and differential noises, took the group to Grandtully for the start of the walk.
Crossing the bridge to Strathtay, the path to Pitlochry was located and the ascent to the Fonab forest begun. Underfoot conditions varied considerably as the group made their way alongside the Tullypowrie Burn and then across the moor to the edge of the Forest. A search for the stone circle shown on the map proved unsuccessful but a short way into the forest, a new highway was crossed. This was apparently a road leading to a Bauxite mine away to the west of our route.
After lunch, progress was downwards towards Pitlochry theatre – the way being interrupted at times by heavy lorries, one of which had difficulty with the gradient on a corner. On reaching the Fisherman’s cafe alongside the Tummel, the group had a drink and continued to the dam and visitor centre before returning to the hotel.