Yesterday was a lovely autumnal day for a walk, with the mist hanging low over the ground so that it was easy to get above it. We drove to Aberfoyle, less than 30 miles from Glasgow, and followed a waymarked trail of about 4½ miles around the village.
Our first stop was the ruined church and graveyard. The minister here between 1685 and 1692 was Reverend Robert Kirk who had a strong interest in local folklore and wrote a famous book telling the secrets of the fairies.
A little further on is the site of their revenge, Doon Hill. Allegedly the fairies were so cross with Kirk’s revelations that they kidnapped him and encased his soul in the pine tree at the top of the hill. Even if you don’t believe it, and plenty seem to given the number of requests left for the fairies, it’s still a haunting place.
After Doon Hill, the path took us through Easter Park, following the River Forth for a while, before returning to Aberfoyle via the old railway line.
As an added bonus, on the drive home the sunset was magnificent with the cloud formations and shades of orange and pink changing at every corner we turned. What a beautiful afternoon.