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The Ossian Stone or Clach Ossian in the Sma’ Glen near Crieff

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The Ossian Stone or Clach Ossian in the Sma’ Glen near Crieff






The A 822road running from Crieff to Amulree takesone through the picturesque Sma Glen amidstsome of the most spectacular scenery imaginable . Apart from itsnatural ruggedbeautythe road is steeped in Highland history. It was used by the drovers a s a gateway to the lucrative markets on the periphery of the Lowlands. Places such as Fowlis Wester and most notably Crieff where the annual Michaelmas Tryst was a magnet for sellers and buyers alike. Much earlier in time it was the Romans who realised the potential dangers that this natural route could bring and constructed their “glen blocker “fort and watch tower at Fendoch where the Glen truly begins or indeed ends! It was however a professional soldier from Meath in Ireland who transformed the rough tracks into a well-engineered roadway. Major General George Wade had carried out and a study of Highland Scotland in the aftermath of the1715 Jacobite uprising and had been appoint…

Viscount Melville his monument and the beauties of Dunira

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Having recently movedhomefrom Crieff to the picturesquevillage of Comriesomeseven milesto the west, I am enjoyinga widevarietyof differentwalks with Bo my border terrier as well as exploringa number ofnewplaces in and round the village . Comrie has an interesting heritage having played host over the centuries to Picts and Romans and a diversity of others. The name reveals its Highland and Gaelic origins meaning the confluence orjoining ofthe rivers – the Earn, the Ruchill and Lednock .

Interestingly I have a regular encounter with one of the areas better known historical characters, namely Viscount Melville aka Baron Dunira or to go back to hisroots – Henry Dundas . Although he has long since departed this mortal coil, his memory and influence lives on in the spectacular obelisk that was erected in his memory atop Dun More, the steep crag lying immediately to the north of the village. Itdominates all aroundand indeed, it isthe firstthing that catchesmy eyewhen I openmy door of a morn !…