Friday, 20 May 2011

Threave and Tay Forest Park

Next day we headed to Threave Castle along the River Dee and quite unique in that to get there you need to go via boat after ringing the bell, now owned by Historic Scotland it was built by Archibald the Grim at an important densive point along the river.

Ring the bell

Threave Castle from the river

Threave Castle
As alot of the land around was owned by the different charities the actually estate is owned by the National Trust for Scotland quite alot of wildlife around with a pair of Osprey nesting and had a wonderfully view of the male beeing mobbed by a crow from the boat on the way back. Also around the estate was a pair of Goosanders, Blackcaps , Sedge Warblers ,Swallows and House Martins

Next headed to Galloway Forest Park headed at first to Clatteringshaws Loch and after a walk near the visitor centre around drove up the road to the left near the dam section till stopped by a few fire engines going past to a forest fire at the far end of the Loch which we spotted after the next turn. So decided to do the summer drive instead which was a wise choice  as it was a lovely drive along the river dee finishing up along  Stroan Loch with the added bonus of seeing a lovely pair of Crossbill flying around at the top of the trees by the Loch side.

River Dee
Stroan Lochside

Stroan Loch

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