Kay in Winter Wonderland
Enjoying The Great Glen Ogle Outdoors
Don't panic! This is not the September forecast, though these photographs of 12 year old Lochearnhead resident Kay Drysdale, are a reminder of the dramatic winter past.
LETi is celebrating Year of Young People 2018, so thank you, to Morrisons Academy pupil Kay, for letting us share these images of her enjoying the incredible wonders that nature can create during a cold spell. Who would have guessed that these impressive stalactites were on our doorstep along the old Glen Ogle railway line, which is now Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 and part of The Rob Roy Way.
Humans have a tendency to mutter when they "can't" get outside due to inclement weather. I bet Kay's pet dog would never complain at the opportunity for an outdoor adventure. If we wear warm protective clothing and are able to get out, what is stopping us? Look what we might be missing.
The snow is picturesque and enables great; photography, sledging, skiing, snow sculpture, snow ball fights and more. The rain ensures different sounds and smells and waterfalls are even more dramatic. The landscape and resident wildlife changes, as does the light. The wind is often invigorating and can leave us with that rosy glow of contentment.
Kay's picture is a timely reminder for locals and holiday makers, that the outdoors can be enjoyed all year round and shared with family and friends. You could employ the skills of our local experts. Alan Sneddon, offers Hidden Glen Landrover Safaris around Balquhidder and Andrea Hudspeth of Aquila Ecology in St Fillans can organise a bespoke walking tour in search of flora and fauna in any season.
This is a good time for tourists and family friends to book a winter break in our villages, from September 2018 through to April 2019. Please share our 4 village accommodation website www.robroycountry.com. One email reaches all LETi accommodation owners direct and saves users time hunting for availability.
There are many reasons to enjoy digital technology in winter in the warmth and safety of our homes. Some of us might be missing out though, if we don't use our phones and tablets to capture precious family moments as Kay and her family have done whilst enjoying the great outdoors together.
Thanks to Kay and parents Joanna and Andrew Drysdale for allowing us to share these photographs. Just looking at the images would have helped us all to cool down during the recent hot spell. Keep them handy in case of an Indian Summer!
It's well documented that fresh air and exercise can be good for the body, mind and soul. So, a big thank you to Kay, for helping to inspire the next generation of outdoor fun and health enthusiasts.
Other local YOYP2018 stories
- Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
- Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
- Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
- Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers - Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
- Storytelling - School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone