Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Lady Mary’s Walk
Lady Mary’s Walk
Lady Mary’s Walk is one of Crieff and Strathearn’s most popular and enjoyable of walks . It was formed in 1815 by Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre and being a favourite walk of his daughter Lady Mary Murray , became known by her name . Lady Mary’s runs for about a mile along the banks of the Earn from what is known as Ling- a –wing . Miss Margaret Wright in her journal mentions that on 12th May 1815 she “ went a little on the new walk by the water side , made by Sir Patrick . It must be delightful “ . Miss Wright in these last words expresses feelings confirmed by every native and visitor to Crieff in the last 200 years . In the account of Lady Mary’s walk in Porteous “ The History of Crieff “ , it states ( and this was written in the first decade of the 20th Century ) that : “ It is , however to be regretted , that the peaceful amenity of the walk has been somewhat spoilt by the close proximity of the Comrie Railway which runs parallel to it and the jarring rattle of the occasional train detracts from the true enjoyment of the peaceful surroundings erstwhile broken only by the gentle murmour of the river . “
The railway , sadly is long since gone . I have always regretted not having been able to enjoy that quite serene passage through what is surely our most picturesque landscape . Much still remains of the old line but sadly it is no more and Strathearn is the loser . The River Earn is the superb back drop . I remember that, for a number of years , the former Oakbank Inn sponsored a raft race from Comrie to Crieff . A fantastic spectacle battling man against nature , Again – sadly no more !
All that remains of the railway viaduct across the Turret on the path down to the Walk