Monthly Archives: March 2015

Loch Dochart Castle

Jo Woolf’s post on Loch Dochart Castle and the Black Campbells

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Loch Dochart Castle (1)Every time we drive past Loch Dochart on our way up towards Crianlarich, I crane my neck to catch sight of a ruined castle.   It isn’t easy to spot – sometimes I miss it – because you have to wait for a gap in the trees.  And stopping on that particular stretch of road is more difficult than you’d think.

But last autumn we did stop, and walked back through the woods that fringe the loch in order to get a better, and longer, look at Loch Dochart Castle.

Loch Dochart Castle (2)For a sixteenth-century tower house, there is not a great deal left to see, but it more than makes up for that in the romance of the setting.   It stands on a little island in the loch, the sharp corners of broken stonework softened by the caress of trees, while at its feet the wind stirs the rushes that…

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The Fair Maid’s House in Perth

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Fair Maid's House (5)Since September last year I have been doing some research and writing for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, which has its headquarters in Perth.  The work is fascinating in itself, but so is the building that the Society ‘lives in’…

Founded in 1884, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society occupies two adjacent properties, known as the Fair Maid’s House and Lord John Murray House.  They are tucked away down North Port, a cobbled street which leads from Blackfriars Wynd towards Horsecross and the newly-built Concert Hall.

The houses each have their own fascinating story to tell, and the Fair Maid’s House in particular is just so pretty.  But there’s more to this place than just a charming exterior.  There’s a relic from a medieval monastery, and the memory of a gruesome royal murder…


Fair Maid's House (1)Dating back to about 1475, this delightful little house is the oldest secular building in Perth.  Its…

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