Photos: The Hermitage Forest and River Braan


Walkers in The Hermitage

The forests of Perthshire mark the edge of Scotland’s Highland line. Rushing rivers cold with the meltwater of the highland peaks descend into this lush landscape before joining with the River Tay. These photos document a seven-mile hike I undertook in The Hermitage forest outside Dunkeld and around the River Braan.

The circuit took me past the wild river, through an ancient forest with Britain’s oldest trees, up onto barren ridge lines, and through a dense pine forest. Enjoy the photos.

Baby Pine Cones

Beneath the Rail Bridge

The Path Along the River Braan

The Falls by Ossian's Hall

Bridge Over the Braan

Ossian's Hall

Some of Britain's Oldest Trees

Following the Light to the Ridge Line

View Over the Valley

Looking North to the Highlands

Path Into the Pine Forest

A Break in the Pines

The Bridge at Inver

joshywashingtonNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I wish I was on that walk with you. I am a sucker for mossy stones!
What beautiful clean light, some of these pix kinda remind me of my Pacific Northwest… if you should ever visit I will show you some trails you wont soon forget!


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

So many of us are suckers for mossy stones 😉 Hey, I’ll be in Vancouver come June, but just for a weekend.

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pam || @nerdseyeviewNo Gravatar April 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM

These are nice, they almost have that outdoors mulchy mossy riverside smell, even. Ahhhh.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Ooh, I like that smell.


SVVNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Nice! I like the format with a separate page for the photo essay. Makes it quite clean. Your watermark is gorgeous by the way and is inspiring me to create one for our photos.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Glad to hear some feedback about this format – it’s an extra click to get here but the photos are so much larger. About the watermark: I figured it’s time to start putting my stamp on these babies, glad you like it!


Lorna - the roamanticsNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 2:37 AM

holy cow keith!!! as i scrolled over one pic to the next to the next, “magical, magical, magical…” kept repeating in my head. i really want to go there- have heard about how beautiful scotland is for so long, my full name is scottish, but interestingly i haven’t looked up many photos. beautiful work! think #3, 4, 6, & 7 are my faves 🙂


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 8:03 AM

To be fair to Scotland, this isn’t even close to the most beautiful place in the country. It’s a land of non-stop visual delights and can make even the most average photographer look good.


islandmommaNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Lovely memories. I used to have friends who had a farm just outside Perth, and used to visit often back when. This countryside is so gentle compared to further north or the Border Country, isn’t it. It must be about 20 years since I was there, but it doesn’t look as if it has changed very much. Thinking back, Scotland outside of Glasgow or Dundee (and I presume Aberdeen where I’ve never been) was suprisingly unspoiled. Is it still that way?


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM

To my eyes, yes. Most of Scotland appears unspoiled. I’d be curious to hear what a Scotsman would say though. It’s all relative, isn’t it?


Andy JaroszNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Lovely pictures Keith. We took a walk in these woods several years ago to look for red squirrels if I remember right. Didn’t find a squirrel but enjoyed the wonderful views and peace among the trees. Glad you’re enjoying Scotland.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

The only wildlife I saw on this walk will forever scar me. Not five minutes into it I spotted a demonic-looking dog savaging a fawn on the other side of the river. The fawn was trying to get away and bleeding. I’ll leave it at that. It was a reminder of how inhuman nature is, and the memories of that sight still bother me.


CharuNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 11:40 PM

It’s amazing how much edinburgh looks like Northern New Jersey! Just kidding, I do love the Scottish vibe in these pictures. It does remind me of Bear Mountain tho…


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The Hermitage is just a gorgeously wooded place to go for a walk. It did remind me of places out in the western USA, places in Montana and Wyoming.


Travis PattonNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 10:51 PM

In a few of the pics, I could swear it looked like northern Minnesota. Great shots.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM

It’s cool how folks are noticing similarities with their home areas. It’s somewhat similar to northern Wisconsin as well, though we don’t have towering foothills or thousand year-old trees in our forests.


PhilNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM

This is awesome! Great idea showing them this size, really brings everything to life. But really, these photos are excellent regardless of size.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Thanks Phil. Large photos do have a much greater impact. I think I’ll keep this up for future photo essays.


KenNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Amazing pictures, Keith. Stunning. Scotland still makes my mouth hang open in awe when I see how beautiful the countryside is. Gotta get there again before I croak.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Not bad for a point-and-shoot Canon, eh?


Jools StoneNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Wow, lovely pics. We have a park called the Hermitage just up the road, it’s great but not quite as dramatic. This reminds me I’ll have to make it up to Dunkeld sometime.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Jools – go! It’s a 90-minute cheap train ride from Edinburgh and the town is perfect. It’s one of my favorite places in Scotland.


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