Exploring Perth

Taking a break from the exam season in Perth, to experience poor visibility and freezing temperatures. It was awesome!

After you discovered cool places in Dundee, you might have the will and desire to visit other places. Conveniently, there are many just within a short ride on a train, so even if you don’t have abundance of time or money, it’s not an issue. One of those nearby places is Perth, about which is this post.

My friend and I set off with browsing the Perth downtown’s streets.

There are interesting structures all over, but the coolest is the St John’s church. It has stained glass windows and also a total of 63 bells (!), 35 of which can be played from a carillon.  We were lucky; a local carillonneur was actually playing them at the time of our visit. Quite an experience.

Then we crossed the Tay River via the Queen’s Bridge, which offers a nice outlook on the St. Matthew’s Church and the Smeaton’s Bridge, which opened in 1771.

Then we started ascending towards the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park. As there was heavy inversion that day, I hoped to be able to climb above it. Going uphill, the elevation wasn’t the only increasing value. With every step, the houses around got bigger, and the cars fancier. Eventually we passed this monastery of St Mary…

..and soon after that we entered the forest.

The fog was still dense enough to bring some doubts regarding the views from the top, but I couldn’t be happier – the surrounding was simply brilliant.

It was unbounded, raw scene like from a movie set.  Atmospheric beyond the roof. Getting closer to the top of the hill, the woods opened a bit, revealing a cliff. As expected, one couldn’t see far, but still. And at one moment, the wind thinned the haze – allowing a brief view on the point of interest we were heading for: the Kinoull Tower.

We reached the tower a few minutes later. There was nobody around, just the tower and drops leading to a valley filled with a fog thick as pea soup.

The tower has no fascinating history of being a fortification; it was commissioned in the early 19th century by the 9th Earl of Kinnoull as a decoration of his land. Nevertheless, I liked it. And at this point, it was clear that while the fog took away some views, it actually added a value to everything else.

The forest around is made of all sorts of trees. Spruces, oaks, pines, ash trees… it changes constantly every foot. Descending from the hill, there was a section of the path that looked like a cathedral’s nave constructed of robust beeches..

Sometime later, we went out of the forest to a small settlement. A couple of houses are accompanied with large lands with horses. One of them caused a small unexpected adventure on our way back – his leg got stuck into a strap supporting a fence pole, so we helped it out.

The region has a wide range of birds, but one kind was visible more than others: ravens. Here I saw one on the ground and hoped it would fly into my composition. It totally did.

Behind the settlement is another hill, where’s an arboretum. Beautiful trees piercing the mist were neat to look at and the smell was topnotch. I had marked more interesting stuff to see even further, however, considering the approaching sunset we opted to began our way back to Perth.

In a bit, we were next to the tower again. This time there were a few people around, but any distant views were still nowhere to see. But again; as during the whole day, there were cool things to look at.

To return to the city, we took a path on the cliff’s edge, which gradually revealed some decent prospects of the valley below us.

We reached Perth at dusk. It was pretty, but cold.

So we stopped for a tea, and as the daylight vanished all together, we went home.

Thanks for reading.

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