In September 2011, I embarked on a 5 day trip to Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye. The trip started from the city of Edinburgh which itself is one of my favorite cities in the whole world. Anyways, the bus did not stop anywhere in Edinburgh and headed straight towards the Scottish Highlands. Enroute our first stop was a small town called Dunkeld. The weather was, as usual, rainy and protected by my waterproof hat, I decided to take a walk in spite of the fear of getting drenched. After all, I wasn't sure whether I'll ever get the chance to visit Scotland again.
The first place I explored in the town was the Dunkeld Cathedral. Here's one of my companions from Canada walking between the pews. I was in awe of this old lady who had decided to travel as much as possible. She had been to India and I found her singing praises of Indian Agriculture system at various places.
This Bell is known as the Great Curfew Bell and was taken down in 1975 for safety reasons. The Bell it seems used to peel in the evening to remind children that it was time to go back home.
Statue of John 4th (1755 - 1830), Duke of Atholl in the Dunkeld Cathedral stands tall and proud. White statues are difficult to photograph. However, the play of light in the background makes the picture a little more interesting.
A while sculpture on the walls of the Cathedral depicts a war scene or perhaps that of a massacre. If someone knows for sure what this scene depicts, please do let me know through comments.
The beautiful Church Organ in the Cathedral. I love the haunting sound of these instruments. I think this is what makes the Church music so beautiful.
The graves besides the Church wall. The grass was lush green and everything was dust-free and clean because of almost constant rain. A perfect place to rest!
When we visited the Cathedral, the nave that was in ruins earlier was closed for visitors as it was undergoing conservation works. I clicked this picture because the sign was courteous and informative. The Authorities obviously care about the Cathedral as well as the people who visit the Cathedral. A nice and caring gesture indeed.
This was a very strange tree in the grounds of the Cathedral. I believe it is a Willow. Please confirm if this is indeed the case.
Dunkeld Cathedral is located at the point where the River Braan converges with the River Tay. This was a rainy day and the river was grey and looked quite menacing. Water levels seemed to be high.
The Atholl Memorial Fountain in Dunkeld was built in the memory of John 6th Duke of Atholl who introduced piped water supply in Dunkeld. Before this water had to be drawn manually from the River Tay. The fish look like Salmon, however, I don't think Salmon have such weird faces.
Because of the rains that refused to abate, it was difficult to explore a lot. Moreover the stay was also short in the town so I quickly headed back to the bus, which sped off to the next destination.
Rest in the next part, which will come soon...