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My OH had some business in Blair Atholl today and this presented us with a lovely opportunity to drive up to the Falls of Bruar for lunch and for me to take a few pictures while he ‘did business stuff’.

As you can see from this picture we were very lucky with the weather. I snapped this on the A9. I wish the camera didn’t flatten everything out so much. Oh Santa, I do so need a new camera with a cracking wide angle lens!!

Anyway…enough of that! It’s still October!

The Falls of Bruar is a natural waterfall about 10 minutes north of Pitlochry on the A9 between Perth and Aviemore. More of that later.

The House of Bruar is situated at the falls. It is an excellent place to stop for lunch and shopping if you are ever lucky enough to be travelling up in these parts. Have a look at this website: www.houseofbruar.com Lets just say, it’s totally Cashmere, oil paintings and smoked salmon darlings!!

This part of Perthshire is truly stunning and the scenery never fails to move me! At the Falls themselves (which start just behind the buildings), the biggest highlight for me, other than the obvious main attraction, are the Larch Trees, the mosses and the birches.

Here’s a mossy wall and leaves to get you started!

And here you can see the golden needles of the deciduous Larch. Today, these were floating down on the breeze like golden rain…magical!

OK, enough of that…you want to see the falls! Of course, a little snappy camera could never do justice…that’s why I need a new one….oops! sorry…..but here is the lower bridge of the falls…

Through the Birches..

Now, a couple of hundred years ago, all that was here was hillside and waterfall. Then Robert Burns (a bit famous in these parts) visited and sent the Duke of Atholl a bit of a poem pleading with him to plant some trees. The Duke obliged after Burns’ death, so Robbie never got to see the forest that is all around here now…..:( but we get to enjoy it in all it’s autumn glory! :))

Not only did he plant acres of trees, but he built bridges and summer houses etc. What remains today is a lovely ruined ‘woodland garden’. Here’s the bridge I call ‘Troll Bridge’…

And through that bridge you get a lovely view of the ‘swimming pool’..yes some people do…in the summer…madness! Of course, they do collect the bodies at the bottom and dispose of them before the tourists get scared off ;))

Now, have you ever seen a Christmas Tree growing in the nook of two Birch branches? Well, you’re about to!….

Bruar is where I first ‘discovered’ Reindeer Moss (Thanks for the name Janey), and I’ve been in love with this stuff ever since!

Now, just a few pics. of autumn in Perthshire to end with…

There’s just one niggling concern for me…..if they keep on expanding this wonderful shopping venue (and it is lovely and I do love to browse there). More and more people will visit the falls…which is great because everyone enjoys them…..but today it was really busy and I wonder what effect all the trudging will have on the paths and the environment. Litter is appearing more and more on the walk and there’s very little hope of ever seeing the red squirrels or deer….far too much human activity. What’s the solution? I’m sure I don’t know! I’d hate it to be closed that’s for sure.

This is the view south from the entrance to the House of Bruar. The car park is situated next to the Clan Donnachaidh Museum. This museum tells the history of the Robertsons – at one time a powerful clan in the district. The statue on the left of this picture represents the Clan.

Oh my, I so enjoyed today! I even got some Christmas Shopping done!

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bjs
Bjs
 

Absolutely beautiful I must come back soon, thanks for a lovely blog.

27 Oct, 2010

 

The scenery/waterfall is stunning. You certainly got some great photos (despite what you say about needing a different camera). What a great way to spend the day. I've never seen the reindeer moss in the wild...is it a protected species or would it grow in other areas?

A great blog, Karensue....it feels like I've been for a walk in a lovely spot....and I haven't even left my lazyboy chair! :)

27 Oct, 2010

 

BJs, you come back any time you want! Always welcome!

Whistonlass, thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

27 Oct, 2010

 

Wow what a stunning place Karen,really interesting blog, the bit about collecting the bodies made me laugh, the reindeer moss is gorgeous never seen that before amazing.
Hope you get your new camera for christmas,lol :-)
Going on favs so I can look at it again,lovely.

27 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks Kathy! It is a lovely circular pool about half way down the falls and after that is a very steep gushing part of the waterfall which you definitely wouldn't want to get sucked into!

27 Oct, 2010

 

Oh yes! I think the A9 is the road we drove on coming back from our holiday to the Isle of Skye. The scenery in Scotland is just fantastic.
My avatar pic is of Morar sands: we drove there for the day whilst on holiday in Skye this year. A 300+ mile round trip but the childen were happy, the boss was happy so I was happy!
Next year we are driving (and ferry from Uig bay) to Harris!
We have a holiday cottage on the other side of the road from Seilebost beach!! 2 weeks of peace and quiet, beaches, walking, photography and little else. Can't wait.

27 Oct, 2010

 

Delightful part of the world, and your pics did it justice, have never seen moss like that before quite fascinating, hope they manage to keep it open and not spoil the environment at the same time.....

27 Oct, 2010

 

what a truly stunning place, the colours on the larches are wonderful. We have the reindeer moss around here too, fascinating stuff :-)

28 Oct, 2010

 

Wonderful pictures! We have moss like that growing on the Kermes Oaks that populate the mountainsides here, but it must be a relative species as I doubt that 'Reindeer' ever had anything to do with Spain!

28 Oct, 2010

 

I've always wanted to go to Bruar but we're usually on the road to somewhere else :( and it's a bit of a trek for a daydrip! Maybe if I find a nice day over the Xmas holidays I might take a drive down.....

28 Oct, 2010

 

that looks fabulous ~ i must put it on my list to visit ~ not the shops bit but the waterfalls ~ just so long as the troll doesnt come out from under that bridge, ~ so glad they take the bodies out before tourists come!!! lol
i love those pictures of perthshire ~ fantastic colours
my holiday last year was near arisaig where there is a beautiful garden [free entry!!!] it has amazing azaleas, beautiful colours and lots of reindeer moss ~ very expensive in the florists, lovely stuff!

28 Oct, 2010

 

My what a lovely blog and photos really enjoyed looking at the photos with all the colour

28 Oct, 2010

 

i wish you could bottle that blue sky and keep it forever! ~ or sell it???

28 Oct, 2010

 

lovely blog karen and lovely pics, what a stunning place and love the falls to , its so nice to go somewhere peacefull and scenic isnt it, away from every day things ;o))

28 Oct, 2010

 

Geranium Dad, yes, coming from Skye you join the A9 at the Dalwhinnie Distillery I think! I've never been to the Outer Hebrides, but your Avatar makes it look very tropical! I have a friend from Lewis, so I may go one day!

Ddaisy, I had never seen it either, before I went to Bruar the first time.

Thanks Grindle, Nariz and Donna! Donna, take care when you go because they used to close over the christmas break...not the falls obviously, but you don't want to miss the shopping or the restaurant!!

Thanks Sticki and Clarice....

San...It is so therapeutic to be somewhere like that, totally alone (or with a loved one of course but I especially like to be on my own) and just take your time to drink in the tiny curious things like the xmas tree as well as the obvious attractions!

28 Oct, 2010

 

i like being on my own too karensusan!
hebrides do look tropical ~ even the water is an amazing colour ~ just a tiny bit cooler!!??

28 Oct, 2010

 

erm....I think we would have to admit that Scotland, though the water is clear, the sky blue and the sand golden, is actually a little cooler than the tropics!! lol :)) Having said that, there are not as many snakes and insects to avoid!

28 Oct, 2010

 

Oh Karen you have some super photos there! What a stunning place to visit, the larches looked glorious, and the Fall.....WoW! Thanks for taking us .....My hubby is going to enjoy your pics as he had to go to Blair Atholl with school...many moons ago, and loved it! My favourite photo is the last but two....you've captured the essence of the forest there, stunning autumn foliage with the dark glowering conifer of winter in the foreground. ( A bit of poetic licence ....Lol!)

28 Oct, 2010

 

i think i like number 8 and number 21 best. but they all add to the flavour ~ lovely

28 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks very much Janey! Sticki....I'm glad you enjoyed this so much!

28 Oct, 2010

 

wish i could get on a plane/train right now! especially as im very cross ~ took a lot of trouble making tea ~ one that i thought OH would particularly like ~ and guess what ~ he had been to his mothers for lunch and now says he is too full!! unbelievable!!
looking at photos of scotland is now very necessary to calm me down!!!!!

28 Oct, 2010

 

Oh no!!! That is a definite black spot on your OH's copy book Sticki!! I sympathise! Grrrrrrrr....... ;)

28 Oct, 2010

 

thanks.

28 Oct, 2010

 

:))

28 Oct, 2010

 

Fascinating blog and superb photos:thank you so much for transporting us to such a lovely place. I love the Reindeer moss. Glad you had a happy day.

28 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Felinfan! Do you know, I am still feeling the positive effects of visiting there....I just love it so much!

29 Oct, 2010

 

smashing pics... well done :o)

31 Oct, 2010

 

Great photo's Karen ,enjoyed looking at them.

31 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks TT and Khayla.

31 Oct, 2010

 

What a lovely place to visit. I understand your conserns about it being made too accessible, but where do you draw the line ? I hope it never gets spoiled.

(maybe Santa, .... or someone else ..., will give you a new camera for Christmas. Keep mentioning it, you never know lol)

1 Nov, 2010

 

Nobody's asked me yet and I daren't mention...not with the courtyard garden water feature and all that!!

1 Nov, 2010

 

This is one of my favourite walks, Karen. I took my children up there in August. On that occasion we watched a group negotiating the falls on foot, plunging into pools and then down the rocks to the next level. It is always at its best in Autumn, though, I think. Many Thanks for posting this. :-))

2 Nov, 2010

 

Great blog Karen. The photos brought back many memories of a weeks camping outside Pitlochry back in the late 70's. Magical place - happy days ! :-)

2 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks David and Muddy. Glad you have both also enjoyed the falls. David, i've never actually witnessed the mad people on the falls. Were there any bodies floating at the bottom when you got down? lol ;) Muddy, I feel Pitlochry is overdue a visit from you ;))

2 Nov, 2010

 

No, Thank Goodness!!! Kids got a big lollipop from one of the stores afterwards, as a reward, for making it all the way, LOL!!!

4 Nov, 2010

 

Wow! Impressive! Maybe I should have a go next summer!

4 Nov, 2010

 

You would deserve more than a lollipop, if you did! Not sure what this hobby/sport is called - canyoning, gorgewalking, something like that?

8 Nov, 2010

 

"Madness" I think is the technical term for it!!

8 Nov, 2010

 

You may well be right, lol!

9 Nov, 2010

 

Hi Karen...I do agree about the placing of this shopping outlet so near to these lovely woods and tumbling stream. I suppose it gets people out for a stroll who wouldn't just walk for the fun of it, scenery or not. I remember years ago we did a long hike that included Dovedale. I was appalled by the discarded drink cans lying in the river. I said I would never go there again.......never have. Lovely pics and good to be alone to compose them. I like the one with the little pool.It's your blue period! Will fave this blog.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Dorjac! I do hope the litter problem doesn't get worse, but to be honest it's hard to optimistic isn't it. Folk just don't seem to have any manners at all any more. :((

24 Nov, 2010

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