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A return to Glen Tilt

July 24, 2014

Readers of blogs passim will know of my fondness for Glen Tilt, that great pass in the hills easterly of Blair Atholl.Scotland 2014 023

A good one to explore, even in small stretches, particularly if you have a stinking cold, as I had as we set out from Bridge of Tilt.

A hot and humid day, though there was a short sharp shower as we walked the track to Gilbert’s Bridge.

The rifle range was very busy that morning, as we walked parallel to the firing line. A sharp crack and then the echo reverberated up the glen and back again.  A bit like being sniped.Scotland 2014 025Scotland 2014 015

There were still the fresh green leaves on some of the trees, that freshness that had already passed over in England. The river Tilt dark and brown amongst its rocks.

And best at that lovely stand of beech trees at Gilbert’s Bridge. My thoughts went back to other longer roaming in this glen.

I was there doing research for the conclusion of my new novel, a thriller set in the 1930s which has its conclusion in the Highlands. The hero is a hillwalker and stravaiger in his spare time. It will be out by the end of the year.

So often what I write comes from landscapes I know.

After a drink at the Blair Atholl hotel we drove back to Pitlochry – seeing a Pine Marten on the way.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2014 6:57 pm

    Lovely fat pheasant – shame someone’s going to shoot it 😦

    I too love Glen Tilt – I call it Scotland’s Rift Valley 🙂

  2. July 25, 2014 6:59 am

    Hope he keeps his head down.

  3. November 16, 2014 11:03 am

    I also made a long awaited return to this splendid Glen this year.
    The guys were out shooting on that day as well, over on the riffle range.
    I enjoyed taking a route up through the Glen on a walk linking the railway stations from Blair Atholl and Kinguisse.

  4. November 16, 2014 4:52 pm

    It is quite a place.

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