The Wayfarer - A trip to the fairy mountain

Looking for somewhere to stay in Scotland for a few days, I can recommend Pitlochry in Perthshire a most welcoming town set in some very attractive countryside full of interesting places to visit.

Did you know that Pitlochry is the geographical centre of Scotland and is the town situated further from the sea than any other town in Scotland.

A difficult feat as nowhere in Scotland seems to be far from the sea.

The surrounding attractive Perthshire countryside includes the Fairy Mountain otherwise known as Schiehallion and the Queen’s View at Loch Tummel among many other features such as the Pass of Killicrankie with the famous Soldier’s leap.

Nearby is the village of Fortingall at the head of Glen Lyon whose length 25 miles makes it the longest Glen in Scotland.

Fortingall stands next to the site of a Roman camp where the officer in charge was sent by Augustus Caesar to command a unit against the Picts.

This officer consorted with a local woman and fathered a son named Pontius Pilate who became very famous and whose name must be known to many I am sure.

In the local churchyard stands the Fortingall Yew which is thought to be some 3,000 years old, considered to be the oldest living thing in Europe.

With an age like that the yew has to be supported by stakes and with a girth of 56 feet 6 inches has obviously stood proudly in the one spot whilst history has passed it by. The Eradour Distillery above Pitlochry is the smallest distillery in Scotland producing whisky very popular in America.

The SS Politician wrecked of Eriskay in 1941 was carrying some quarter of a million bottles of Whisky to America of which a large percentage came from the Eradour Distillery.

Naturally the people of Eriskay would not like to see a cargo of such quality wasted and quite a quantity went down their throats. Compton Mackenzie’s book told the story from which the film ‘Whisky Galore’ achieved stardom .

There is a lot to visit in the area surrounding Pitlochry including the popular House of Bruar in which to shop and Blair Castle seats of the Dukes of Atholl and the Clan Murray to enjoy.

The Duke of Atholl is the only person in Britain allowed to retain his own private army ‘The Atholl Highlanders’.

There are plenty of good hotels in the town and I am sure that you will enjoy your stay.

See you next week.