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Facts of the Day:
Date: 15/August/2002
From: Pitlochry
Via: Glamis
To: Dundee/Broughty Ferry
Miles: 84
Midges: 20 (Estimate)
Weather: Sunny and warm
Mood: Very good

Picture of Edradour distilleryAfter a good breakfast of pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs at Kinnaird House I started to make my way to Dundee. My first stop was only a mile away at Edradour Distillery, Scotland's smallest distillery. Having done several distillery tours before I didn't go on the tour (after a while they all seem to be the same)Picture of the scenic route between Pitlochry and Blairgowrie and only had a quick look around. The distillery had been damaged by floods just a few days before, repair works were still under way. Luckily the distillery operations were not impacted though.Picture of the approach to Glamis Castle I took the scenic route to Blairgowrie, a couple of nice views on the way to Glamis Castle. The approach to Glamis Castle is one of the most impressive I've seen: A long main drive through an alley of large trees with the castle at the end. Most of the castle dates back to the 15th century with some later additions.Picture of Glamis Castle The castle is the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, mentioned constantly at exhibitions as well as during the guided tour. The guided tour was quite interesting, although the constant references to the Queen Mother were getting a bit tiring over time.Picture of the Italian Garden The castle also has some nice grounds, in particular the formal Italian Garden. Not far from Glamis Castle is an exhibition of Pictish Symbol Stones in Meigle.Picture of Pictish Symbol Stones The Picts lived in the north east of Scotland and carved these stones between around 550AD and 850AD. The use of these stones is still debated, they might have been used to mark land boundaries or they might have marked graves of important people. Over 200 different symbols have been identified (the Picts didn't use a written alphabet apart from a list of their kings), ranging from animals and objects to abstract symbols. From Meigle I left for Dundee (or Broughty Ferry to be precise), where I had arranged accommodation earlier in the day.

Picture of the Beach House HotelPicture of the beachThe Beach House Hotel in Broughty Ferry overlooks the beach, probably one of the best locations possible in this area. After checking in I decided to drive over to Dundee to take a quick look at it in the evening sunshine. I parked near City Quai and walked along the coastal path overlooking the Tay.Picture of the Discovery Passing the Tay Road Bridge the path leads to the RRS Discovery, moored at the Discovery Point. There are also some good views of the Tay Road Bridge from here,Picture of the Tay Road Bridge the longest river crossing in Britain. After a quick dinner it was back to the hotel to get some rest for the next day.

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