The River Tay near Stanley

Just outside the village of Stanley in Perthshire there’s a small car park that’s often filled with vehicles sporting colourful roof rack items.

The colourful items, which are generally canoes and kayaks, are brought here by their owners and carried along a narrow pathway across the road. You could easily miss it if you didn’t know where to look (right of centre in this picture, to the left of the red car):

After a short walk on the flat you come to a long set of steps going downhill:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe reason for carrying canoes along this path is to reach the River Tay at the bottom, where there is apparently some challenging paddling to be had.

Here’s the river, looking quite benign:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA On the occasion of these photographs there were no canoeists in sight, but Delightful Assistant no.2 and I enjoyed a pleasant riverside stroll, ducking underneath low-hanging trees:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd being impressed by twisting branches:

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On the other side of the river we spotted a small beach, where a lady and her dog were enjoying the sunshine:

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The path we were walking along was built up a bit from the water, but there were one or two opportunities to get down to the waterside.

I opted for a route which was made of a sort of stone ladder, just visible in the next photo on the left, but more clearly shown in the picture after that, taken from down below looking up to the higher path:

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Although it was lovely down by the river, we were on the shady side and I thought it would be nice to hop into a small boat and row across into the sunshine.

Some time soon, on a similarly sunny day, I’ll take the delightful assistants to the path on the other side of the river, and perhaps we can have a little seat on the beach and pretend we’re on our holidays.

It’s a bit too snowy for that today though.

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33 thoughts on “The River Tay near Stanley

  1. What a lovely walk but those stairs look scary. I can’t imagine going down them carrying a canoe or kyak. It has turned cold here too but no snow (yet). Keep warm!

    • Thanks Darlene, those stairs were enough of a challenge for me without a canoe. Plenty of hot tea flowing here, I hope you’re keeping cosy, too.

  2. Looks a lovely walk Lorna. Is this near the scene of the disputed territory between the fishermen and the white water rafting brigade?

    • Thanks David, I don’t know about a dispute but I imagine it could easily occur in this area, there certainly were fishermen at the riverside when we walked along.

  3. Did you pop into some lovely tea shop afterwards to warm up?

    • I was asking myself the very same question, and I can’t remember exactly now (it was earlier this year), but I’m fairly sure we went home for tea and scones.

  4. What a serene place to go for a nice wintery walk — it looks like the birds thought so, too. We’ve avoided snow here so far (saints be praised), but we’ll be getting it soon enough.

    • The birdie footprints were on the garden path this afternoon, I thought they made a lovely pattern. I hope the snow stays away a bit longer for you, and in the meantime you’re drinking plenty of tea to warm the cockles.

  5. We named our dog Tay after that River :)

  6. I haven’t walked along the Tay, but it looks lovely! I haven’t kayaked on it either, and nor (I think) has Leonie. But there is an annual Tay Descent, which I’m sure you know about!

    Colin and I are both wondering what species of bird made those footprints. He says a moorhen, and I say a pheasant. We think you should go back there, sleuth-like, to find the culprit! :D

    We have a dusting of snow here too, and it looks like it’s going to freeze tonight.

    • I have heard of the Tay Descent although I’m not entirely sure where it starts and ends. I would be very surprised if those footprints in the last photo belong to either a moorhen or a pheasant because, unlike the other photos, the picture was taken today in the garden. They’re quite big so they might be from pigeons or crows, I guess. According to the forecast for the weekend it’s warming up (possibly to a balmy 10 degrees!) so I would imagine all the snow will be gone by tomorrow afternoon.

      • Haha! :) In that case, perhaps a pigeon! Definitely a ‘walking’ bird and not a ‘hopping’ one. I didn’t know it was due to warm up – I was bracing myself for a cold spell! It will save on the heating bill, though!

        • Good point about the method of progress, walking rather than hopping. I’m happy to report that the water outside on the roads this morning is indeed water and not ice. We still have a covering of snow but it looks as if the rising temperatures today and tomorrow will melt it. You like the cold snowy days, don’t you? I’m sure there will be more to come. :-)

          • I much prefer cold frosty days and a bit of snow to the grey, damp murkiness. I am wondering if we’re in for the Arctic conditions that America is currently experiencing, right down as far as Texas? If so, it will be arriving with us in about two weeks’ time! That sounds a bit extreme, even for me.

  7. Shock! Horror! White stuff! Please, keep it :)

  8. Beautiful photos Lorna but where are the scones and tea? :-)

    • That’s a very good question, Heather, and I admit I was a bit nervous about posting without a scone in sight. I’m sure there were tea and scones after this little jaunt but I don’t seem to have photographic evidence.

  9. is that close to the Stanley Mills? it’s a lovely part of the country. I was there earlier this year and learnt a lot walking through the Mills.

    • Yes it is, Alison, it’s just outside the village of Stanley and the mills are in the village, as you know. It’s a good exhibition, that, isn’t it? I’ve been but the delightful assistants haven’t and I think they’d enjoy it, I must take them some time soon.

  10. I love the uneven steps sign.

  11. I can’t imagine carrying a kayak down those stairs…particularly after helping our cousin carry one down a ‘slight’ cemented walkway when we were recently on our vacation…that would be a sure-footed soul for sure …

    • A ‘slightly’ cemented walkway? I have visions of squidgy grey goo that hasn’t quite set yet. Carrying a kayak down these steps would be a significant challenge, I think I would slide it down the bank instead if I could.

  12. I’m glad that you continue to explore and have adventures even in the winter! What a lovely place for a walk… :)

    • Thanks Meg, the main thing I dread about the winter is not being able to get out and about, but when it’s crisp and sunny it’s lovely! :-)

  13. Tea in a thermos? We often do that on our jaunts away from a handy stove. Thanks for taking us along for the winter walk!!!

    • Thanks Moira, a thermos is certainly an option, although Stanley isn’t far from where I live so it was quick to pop back home for refreshments.

  14. Midnighthues

    Beautiful location and lovely pictures! Looks like a great place to relax!

  15. if ever there were doubts that the seasons had changed, (then let those) be silenced with these pics. In fact, for one like myself who is inundated with 38C days at the moment and sunburn on the Lhs of my nose, a little snow would do me very nicely.

    Beautiful views, lovely little prints from a feathered friend there and perfect inspiration to enjoy the change of seasons as they come, however they arrive on your doorstep!

    • Thanks Alice, 38C – whoo, that’s hot! I can imagine a sprinkling of snow would go down quite well with you at the moment. It is nice to observe the changing seasons, you’re quite right. All too often I complain about the winter, but it certainly helps us to appreciate the spring when it comes.

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