Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pitlochry - New Year's Eve

Tuesday 31-December-2013

To avoid being stuck in the hotel all day we went for a walk up to the local viewpoint on Hogmanay morning - Craigower 6.7 miles.

Thanks to the recent winds the ascent was more like an obstacle course of loads of fallen tree.

This is the plaque at the top showing what we should have seen.

Well, we could see the trees but thanks to typical dreich Scottish weather this is what we actually saw. 

Back to the hotel in time for lunch. No trip to Scotland would be complete without haggis, neeps and tatties.

After lunch there was a falconry display with about eight different birds of prey, this sea eagle being the most spectacular. The beak is pretty scary that close up!

The evening was in the function room: a cold buffet followed by a live band, ceilidh dancing and a disco.

The hotel did a good job: the buffet was excellent, there were crackers, lots of party balloons, and such like on the tables and the entertainment was, well, entertaining.

After the bells and the singing of Auld Lang Syne there was some stirring tunes from members of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and more disco dancing to two in the morning. And so to bed.

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