Scotland Sketchbook, Post 19, Dunkeld on the River Tay, Scotland
Driving through Dunkeld, we crossed the arched bridge over the deep royal blue of River Tay, then followed a drive through a glen where we spotted red deer in the distance. Walking through large old shade trees we came to Dunkeld Cathedral along the banks of the River Tay. A Christian community was formed here in the 6th Century by St. Columba (Isle of Iona Abbey), and the cathedral was built C. 1,000 A.D. Highlights for me were the stone Celtic crosses, the Alpha and Omega blue and gold carpet in fron of the chancelry, and the stone slabs in the ancient cemetery with worn carvings. A certain tabby cat was sunning himself on one such stone, which instantly inspired the "The Legend of The Tabby of Tay"! You'll have to wait for it! We enjoyed quiet contemplative time along the river. Later we enjoyed staying at the Hilton Dunkeld House and Country Club, a summer house built by the 6th Earl of Atholl, a favorite place where Beatrix Potter spent time writing! How awesome is that? I have always loved Beatrix Potter's stories and her watercolor illustrations! Here at Dunkeld House I enjoyed the best salmon dinner, fresh from the River Tay, and the yummiest Sticky Taffy Pudding for dessert!