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The slightly sad story of the seven sisters...

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A few years ago someone mentioned they had seen some old postcards taken up Birnam Glen of a favourite Victorian picnic spot called the "Seven Sisters", and above there is one from 1911 (ok post Victorian, no need to be pedantic!!).
sevensistersfeb2005smThe strange thing was, no-one seemed to know where this lovely spot was, so off we went to search.  Didn't take long to establish that this must have been in the spot below (click the thumbnail for a larger image), where the rubble from a landslip had been dumped when the path was cleared in 2004. 
Now, I've no way of knowing what state the Seven Sisters were in before the landslip, but it's pretty safe to say they were in a better condition than after!  What a shame, and wouldn't it be an amazing project to clear this rubble and return this to the way it was a hundred years ago...
You can find out huge amounts about Dunkeld and Birnam in days gone by at the new Community Archive, which has just opened at the Cross, in the centre of Dunkeld.  Click here for more information.
For the moment, some more pictures... first, the Seven Sisters site last summer:
then another view from the old days:

Living as I do at the foot of Birnam Glen, and loving nothing better than a walk with the dog on quiet tracks and trails in beautiful surroundings, it's hard to tell you just how lucky I feel to live in this part of the world.

Over the years that I've lived here I've seen all manner of Scottish wildlife in and around Birnam Glen, discovered ancient lost paths, the hidden picnic spots of the Victorians, found a forgotten waterfall, sledged down the entire length of the hill with the kids, marvelled at those taken part in the annual running event, tracked down bronze age rock carvings and iron age hillforts... and on it goes.

So this is my homage to a tiny corner of Scotland that has so much to give if you're just prepared to look - please come back from time to time to check on my latest piece of of rose tinted, besotted scribblings, which I hope you will enjoy!

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