Dull, Boring and Bland

Day 109: Pitlochry to Acharn, Scotland, Sunday August 6th

Some of the riding on this day was on the Rob Roy Way, which we hiked back in 2011 with Will and Susanne. The route (still Cycle Route 7) follows the River Tay here, and it is mostly very quiet roads. Perthshire is beautiful.

We detoured into Aberfeldy to eat our lunch by the Black Watch memorial. A band of marauding ducks hassled us while we ate.

We rode up into the town to shop for supplies and stopped at the little market. We looked, but somehow missed, Charlotte Flower Chocolates, where we could have met our host.

It started to rain a bit as we rode past Castle Menzies and into Dull. This place I had read about, as it has paired with Boring, Oregon, and just lately with Bland, in Australia.

In Kenmore things became very familiar, and we couldn’t resist stopping at the Kenmore Hotel where we stayed during the hike. It is reputedly the oldest hotel in Scotland. In the lounge there is a poem written in pencil over the fireplace by Robbie Burns.

From Kenmore it was a short ride along Loch Tay to Acharn, where we found the wonderful old house where we we stayed the night. Our hosts, Charlotte and Adam are amazing people and their home is an old schoolhouse, full of quirks and stories. They made us tea, and later their other guest arrived: Charlene, from Brittany, a schoolteacher touring by car. Charlotte had bought herring at the Aberfeldy market, and they invited us to join them for dinner. Deb helped with the cooking. The conversation was as good as the food. Charlene had funny stories of being an Au Pair, and Adam and Charlotte have lived all over the world (Nepal and Namibia among other places). We could’ve listened to them all night.

And, of course, Charlotte now makes incredible chocolates using ingredients she forages for. Which we had after dinner.

Distance: 41 km

$100

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