Another day, another long drive; but if I hadn’t come right along Loch Tay (annoyingly, fortunately? in the dark), if I hadn’t woken up in Killin, would I have known anything about the Falls of Dochart? The river essentially provides a boundary down the southern side of town, though there are houses, and the McNab burial ground across the bridge from the Main Street.
I made time for a good amount of explore around the falls, and through Killin to River Lochay. It was amazing how many photographers would simply walk out into the middle of the falls, without a look, ignoring others keeping a greater distance; they never stayed long and I was able to get what I was looking at. Eventually I could delay the long drive south to Moffat no longer, although almost immediately I had to pause at Loch Lubnaig.
My goal was to avoid anything that might slow me down (Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Edinburgh) while enjoying as scenic a route as I could; for me this meant threading my way through the big cities to the A701. After a late lunch in Broughton, I was thinking I was far enough along to start thinking of photographs again. I was able to find interesting forestry activity with places to stop all along the rest of the A701 into Moffat.
At one point, my goal had been to pass beyond Moffat and go back to hike around St Mary’s Loch. I ran out of time as I took a diversion off the A701 to Talla Reservoir – another of those, oh this road looks interesting, let’s go up here – where I found lots of photographs (and if I’d only looked further on the map, might have seen I was on the way to St Mary’s!). Even while the sun was setting, I was still finding forestry scenes along the A701, but when I finally got to Moffat, that was it for the day.