Spring in the Trossachs……

Disc One

Loch Earn, Perthshire, Scotland.

Loch Earn is just one of many Lochs in the area of Scotland known as the Trossachs. As I understand it the name Trossachs is derived from the description of a wooded glen. But the name is now used to describe this region of mountain, river, lochs and wooded glens, that lies above the Glasgow industrial belt and below the northern Highlands.

Often described as Scotland in miniature.  An area much loved by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) the Scottish Author of Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake and Ivanhoe fame. Scott’s writing was, I guess, one of the main catalysts in creating the Trossachs as a Tourist Destination, much loved by Victorian travellers and still as much loved today.

(A quick PS.  The above was taken 4 years ago, a typical May day.  Today I am told our very strange May weather in 2021 has covered much of this area in Snow – winter seems to be back)

Where ever you are today ….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

Sunny in the Trossachs!

Disc One

Loch Katrine, The Trossachs, Perthshire

The mountain region of the Trossachs just to the north of Glasgow and to the west of Perth and Stirling is a very worthy tourist destination. Undoubtedly the scenery is dramatic, dotted with many Lochs, winding steep roads and deep Glens.

One Loch above all others in the Trossachs attracts the most visitors.  It is Loch Katrine. It once was a natural Loch running through Strath Gartney.  It became a Reservoir for Glasgow in the 1850’s when the water level was artificially raised.

But the Trossachs and Loch Katrine had already come to visitors attention on the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake‘ which was loosely based upon Loch Katrine as well as legendary connection with Rob Roy.  It was great PR in the days when tourism was taking its first steps of popular appeal.  Today its location so near to Glasgow, Stirling and Perth has ensured its retained its popularity.

I have always loved exploring the Trossachs, whilst I rather like Katrine, I have always found that the nicest views are best towards the mountains from on the Loch, rather than of the Loch from the shore…somehow you don’t loose the man made boundary at shore level.

To make sure visitors can do exactly that and view this part of the Trossachs from the water, you can take a trip on the Steam Boat ‘Sir Walter Scott’. So I have dug deep into my archive and found an old transparency, rather faded but here is a quick scan.

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So when all these lockdown restrictions are lifted you too could ‘sailaway’

Where ever you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

15th May

(C) David Oakes 2020