Loch Earn

One February morning, under a blue sky with winter sunshine, I whisked delightful assistant no.1 off to the lovely Loch Earn.

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post about it but, alas, I’m not as well organised as I would like to be.

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Lovely Loch Earn, Perthshire.

Loch Earn is one of many long, narrow, freshwater lakes dotted about the Scottish highlands, and is known as a centre for watersports.

If you’re interested in statistics, the loch is about 10.5 km long, just over 1 km wide and, at its deepest point, goes down for 87 metres. Loch Ness, by contrast, dips down to about 227 metres, which is perhaps why Nessie chose to make her home there rather than in Loch Earn or any of the other numerous smaller lochs.

We were very struck by how still the water was, and how magnificent the reflections. Here are a few shots to demonstrate:

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Mountains reflected in Loch Earn with stony shoreline.
I think the snowy peak in the background might be Ben Vorlich.

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Reflections of individual trees on the far side of Loch Earn.

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Uprooted tree with reflections.

It was remarkably warm for the time of year, no doubt thanks to the lack of wind, and we enjoyed ambling along the shore soaking up the old Vitamin D.

Here’s the delightful assistant getting her daily dose:

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Coat- and hat-less in February at Loch Earn.

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Stony northern shore of Loch Earn bathed in warm February sunshine.

We had been hoping to have lunch at a nice hotel on the lochside but unfortunately it was closed, so we scooted off to the nearby small town of Comrie instead.

The delightful assistant recommended The Royal Hotel, an establishment in which she had enjoyed one or two satisfactory luncheons with her dear spouse.

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Reception area of The Royal Hotel, Comrie.

She opted for chicken chasseur, which came with mashed potatoes and green beans:

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I had a bowl of very interesting hummus which was packed with all sorts of things, including black olives, coriander and red peppers. It was served with thick slices of grilled toast and a side salad:

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Very interesting hummus at the Royal Hotel in Comrie.

Nicely filled with savouries, we moved on to the town of Crieff about 12 miles along the road and called in at a cafe and furniture shop called The Loft, for coffee.

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A deliciously foamy cappuccino at The Loft in Crieff.

The delightful assistant was too full for pudding but I managed to put away a slice of moist carrot cake:

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Carrot cake at The Loft.

Content with our lot, we tripped off home full of happy memories of our glorious day out in sunny Perthshire.

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Winter sunshine at Loch Earn.

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32 thoughts on “Loch Earn

  1. Lorna
    How far is this place from your home? I really enjoy the travelogues you post and swear I am going to Scotland after I retire in 2 years. Your photos and cheerful, informative posts convince me this is a part of the world I must experience, if only for a while. Thank you!

    • Hi Kathleen, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Loch Earn is a bit less than 50 miles from where I live, so not too far for a day out. I hope you manage to fulfil your ambition to visit Scotland. I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s a beautiful country. Next year is too soon for you, but Lonely Planet recently voted Scotland the third best country in the world to visit in 2014: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24712473

  2. Amazing water! I agree with Katie above – – there is so much beauty where you live, Lorna. It’s wonderful to see.

  3. We haven’t explored the Loch Earn area much, although we go past the end of the loch quite often on the way up to Crianlarich and Oban. It looks such a peaceful place, and what beautiful photos! I am glad you decided to use one as a greetings card. Your lunches also look lovely, especially the hummus, and oh, I really need some carrot cake now. I think some baking is in order!

    • Thanks Jo, it’s not always as quiet as it might look, due to the A85 running right along the northern shore, but it’s still beautiful. You spotted the card – well done! I used another photo for a card too, but it’s not in this post. That hummus was unlike any I’ve had before, so full of other things, and you can’t beat a nice bit of carrot cake for moist cakiness. Happy baking! :-)

  4. Wonderful photos of the loch Lorna. It looks like an absolutely gorgeous day for a trip. Scotland is hard to beat when you get views like that. Love the way you go straight from lunch at the hotel to afternoon tea at the nearby cafe. Now that’s my idea of a day out!

    • Thanks David, it was a superb day for being out and about, I was very glad we went in that direction and got such smashing weather. A meal without something sweet at the end just doesn’t seem quite right to me, and as for a day out with no cake, well, surely not?

  5. I’ve always lived near the ocean with all it’s salty air and crashing waves, but there’s much to be said for the fresh-water tranquility of a lake surrounded by mountains. Dreamy.

    • I agree Lucinda, I grew up by the sea too and now I live nowhere near the coast so it’s nice to see any body of water, and the mountain scenery definitely adds a little something.

  6. Hi Lorna, I love your opening description of a bright blue sky with winter sunshine. It certainly sums up the mood immediately besides that lovely loch. As for the delicious snacks and food, I always enjoy the bit about the scone or cake (whichever it might be!) But truly, I’m always struck by the tranquility and beauty of these parts of Scotland, you do such beautiful justice to your fair country.

    • Thanks Alice, it’s a treat when we get blue skies and sunshine here, usually there are some clouds about and Feburary is often a very cold month, but this was an exceptional day. I’m very lucky that I can get out into the countryside like that, it’s balm for the soul (and the stomach of course, with lunch, afternoon tea, etc.) :-)

  7. The pictures of the loch are simply beautiful and the reflections are amazing. What a lovely day for February!

  8. What a lovely spot and you had a perfect day weather wise. Your photographs are stunning and make me want to visit.

    • Thank you Darlene, it is a beautiful spot and the scenery looks especially lovely with a bit of sunshine. It was one of those days when it’s hard to take a bad photograph.

  9. What a delightful sounding day. Love your terrific photos.

  10. Oh what a lovely traipse I had with you, Lorna. I love the stillness of the photos I also love that you call dessert “pudding” just like we used to back in India. BTW- where was delightful assistant no.2? Sending good thoughts to you on this beautiful fall day in Arizona. x Shona

    • Thank you for traipsing along, Shona, always a pleasure to have your company. To me, pudding sounds more satisfying/comforting than dessert, although that’s not to say I’d turn down a dessert if it was offered. Interesting that it’s called that in India, too, perhaps a link to the days of the British Raj. Delightful assistant no.2 was absent on this occasion, having a nice quiet day to himself instead, but he enjoyed looking at the pictures afterwards. Thank you for your good thoughts, and a sack load to you, too! :-)

  11. You could turn your second reflection picture upside down and you wouldn’t know which way was up. The photos are stunning.
    Loch Earn was a favourite spot of my dad’s. I can see why.

    • Thanks Heather, the reflections really were astonishingly good. I can understand your dad’s love of Loch Earn, it is a most attractive place.

  12. Absolutely glorious photos, Lorna! Scotland shown at its lovely best :)

  13. Well this much more a landscape and clearly I have seroius competition. Wonderful collection of images – for me your best blog post to date – one you should be truly proud of.

    • That’s a most kind and generous comment, thank you Scott. You have nothing to fear on the competition front, but I’m delighted that you enjoyed the pics. :-)

  14. Ditto on all the remarks on your photos!! From reflections to froth, all spectacular!

  15. Great shots with loads of detail, I like the Lock shots too.

  16. Stunning photos, worth the wait for us I believe. The reflections are relaxing, comforting and melancholic at the same time to me.

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