So after my initial excitement that the date of our departure had rolled around, marking 366 days until we leave for Scotland, I am now faced with the depressing reality it is almost one year to the date of our departure home. How time flies…. Still – 344 days to go!

After more than a week in Scotland, we’ll be driving from Stirlingshire to Fort Augustus, via Perthshire. Yes, that’s arguably the long way around, but since we’re not really visiting Perthshire, this route gives us the opportunity to see a few things we otherwise wouldn’t – not to mention breaking up a five hour drive into several manageable pieces.

The Crannog Centre

This interactive centre demonstrates Iron Age life with a reconstructed loch dwelling (crannog). The thatched roundhouse provides a museum on the water, with outside activities including dressing up in costume and attempting crafts like bread-making and drilling. Recently some writer friends and I lamented our inability to make fire without matches – you know, in the event of the zombie apocalypse or the like. So this might be my chance to rectify the situation!

Library of Innerpeffray

Library of Innerpeffray

The Library of Innerpeffray

Scotland’s oldest lending library, and now a museum. It was recommended to me by Helen Grant, author of The Glass Demon (which, by the way, is a good read – check out my review). The library’s collection includes books from the 16th and 17th century to the present day, and visitors are permitted to handle the books. You can also view the Borrowers’ Register, which records the people who came to borrow a book.

Falls of Bruar

The Falls of Bruar

A series of waterfalls not far from Pitlochry, which can be reached by following the signs from the House of Bruar carpark. There is both a short and a long route, depending on how much time you have – I suspect for us the short route will be in order, given the age of our kids.

Scone Palace

Alas, we won’t be going close enough to Perth to see Scone Palace. Something to add to my list for the next trip!

Touring Scotland with Ciara Ballintyne

Ciara Ballintyne is visiting Scotland in 2016 – join her on a virtual tour of Scotland and other parts of Great Britain as she plans her trip. Somewhere you think she should go or stay? Please comment!

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