After the visit of the Crannog Center, we had lunch at the restaurant nearby called “The Marina“. We ordered two sea platters. The seafood was delicious, but the service was poor (the waiter was clearly offended when we ordered tap water) and the food pricey. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Falls of Acharn was our next stop and we decided to do a circular walk to see the falls. It was very steep to get there but the woods were lovely to walk in. We finally reached the Hermit’s Cave, an artificial stone-built cave built in the 18th century. From there, we managed to get a frontal view of the falls. At that point, it didn’t feel that impressive, despite the 20 metre plunge. It was probably due to the dense woods surrounding it.
We continued our walk that took us deeper in the forest and tried to take some long exposure shots of the upper falls ! It was fun ! It was also very nice to see the weirdly sculpted rocks and potholes laying in the river bed.
On our way back to Killin, we stopped at Weem Wood for another short circular walk throughout the forest located near Castle Menzies.These woods contain many specimen trees planted by the Menzies family but also nice flowers. That’s where I managed to take the picture of my lucky shot :-) The weather was getting worse but we managed to dodge the bullet and went back to the car before it poured down.
We finished the day at the Old Smiddy, with good food and a desert :-)
The next day, we left Killin under the rain but the sky quickly cleared up. We drove past several beautiful lochs and glens before arriving near Kilchurn Castle. It was extremely difficult to find the road leading to the castle. We missed the road and we ended up in the village nearby. We parked, had a look at the train station and at the castle in the distance before asking people directions.
We took back the car and drove more carefully and we finally spot the tiny road, or should I say the dirt track that would lead us to the castle. And then, something awful happened. I dropped my lense in a puddle. It was completely muddy and drenched, but … it still works, it’s a miracle.
The castle was built in the mid-1400s is free to visit and quite well maintain for a ruin. It was a very iconic sight, and some people say it’s one of the most photographed castle in Scotland. The light was obviously not great that day, but you can still get a feeling how beautiful it would be under a blue sky. During some part of the year, the high levels of water in the loch makes the access to the Castle restricted as it becomes a temporary island. How cool is that ?