The Christmas weekend has always been more of a social event rather than walking. 22 members attended this year staying at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Dunkeld.
The walk on the Saturday was part of the Rob Roy Way from Aberfeldy to Pitlochry. This was a fairly easy walk in beautiful crisp winter sunshine due mainly to the -5⁰C overnight. For the first half we followed the River Tay to Grandtully where the group split up, one half going for nourishment in the local hotel while a smaller group only had chocolate in their sights and headed to the local chocolatier. The second half of the walk consisted of a small climb over to Pitlochry where the walk finished. A strange phenomenon seems to happen on marked routes – losing our way three times – where crossing empty areas of Scotland in tricky conditions never tends to be an issue.
We were glad to return to the hotel with the temperature plummeting. The annual photographic competition was the usual high standard with the overall winning entry being a holiday snap in the high Austrian mountains. All the winning entries will go onto the club website for next year.
We then had an excellent 3 course meal in the hotel restaurant; this gave us enough time to have the annual quiz which tested our weary brains on important dates in history, film trivia and general knowledge. Thanks to Alan and Margaret for coming up with all the memory teasers.
Another bright sunny morning tempted some early birds to try out the circular walk starting at the Cateran Trail, Blairgowrie. This long distance walk is something worth considering for future.
Below are the winning pictures from each category, the overall winner was the picture of Alison and an Alpine Chough in Austria.