For my first post-lockdown trip, I chose a part of Scotland I hadn’t visited before: Tayside, in particular three bits of the South-East Highlands: Glen Clova, Kinloch Rannoch and Killin. Glen Clova was sold to me by this quote: “Glen Clova is the native heath of my mountain heart”, Jim Crumley, The Nature of Spring, 2019 (p.162); Kinloch Rannoch by its proximity to Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch; and Killin by its scenic location and by its proximity to Ben Lawers. Whether I’d be able to climb these two iconic mountains was another matter.
I planned to get around by public transport, except for a necessary taxi (£30) from Kirriemuir to the Glen Clova Hotel. May is usually the best month to visit Scotland (least rain and few midges) but the dry spell of April 2021 had just come to an end so that showers were the order of the day in mid-May.
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