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Alastair's Holiday around Pitlochry
Day 18


Today was my day for going around Clan MacPherson lands so I took off from Pitlochry on the A9 towards Inverness but heading for Newtonmore some one and a half hours up the road where the Clan MacPherson museum is.

Note: As I was in the middle of publishing these pictures I got an email in from Martha G. McMahan, Southeast Commissioner of the Clan Macpherson Association informing me that this week (w/c 26th October 2003) Lady Cluny, Shelia Macpherson, died at hospital in Dundee.  I'd thus like to dedicate these pictures to her memory.


Now on the approach road to Newtonmore


We have now arrived in Newtonmore


And it was into the museum where I got marvellous assistance


Here is a map of Clan Country which the Museum gave me and I set out to follow this and take loads of pictures on the way.  Well done Clan MacPherson!!!


This is me heading down the road from Newtonmore towards Cluny Castle and then I'm heading around Laggan and then up the wee road towards the MacPherson cairn.


It was really cold so taking a break in the wee Pottery and Coffee Shop was most welcome and I have to say they have wonderful home made cakes and scones so you really must try them when you visit!!!


I'm now heading up to the cairn and there is a sign that the sun might be coming through!


And we come to the intersection where we head down the wee road to the cairn


And we arrive at the cairn


This is an old MacPherson Postcard
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So these are all pictures around the cairn so now it's time to move on with our journey back to Newtonmore and then onto Kingussie.


Coming into Newtonmore and you can see it's a wee bit sunny this time around


I went back to the Highland Folk Museum specifically to photograph the Sheiling which I missed on my last trip but couldn't resist taking a picture of this cute pig :-)


As you'll know Sheilings were temporary houses often put up by one or two person when rounding up castle of working away from home.


So this is us arriving at Kingussie


And this is turning off the main road in Kingussie towards Ruthven Barracks


And these are all view of Ruthven Barracks and over to the surrounding countryside and Kingussie


And these last two are just to show you firstly how far I walked to take these Ruthven pictures and also what the main street looks like in Kingussie


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