of the outstanding beauty spots in all of Scotland is the Queens
View where a panorama of lake and mountain scenery stretches
westwards as far as the Glen Coe hills, on clear days.
is just a little doubt about which Queen is meant. Victoria certainly
visited it in 1866, when travelling privately, incognita
as she so correctly puts it. Her Journal for Wednesday 3rd October
tells of a long drive she took from Dunkeld. by Dalguise and Aberfeldy
to Kenmore, in time for lunch by Loch Tay at 1:30 p.m. They went
on by Fortingall and past Coshieville, up the very steep hill,
and on to a dreary wild moor, passing below Schiehallion
one of the high hills - and at the summit of the road came to
a small loch, called Ceannairdiche. Soon after this we turned
down the hill again into woods and came to Tummel Bridge, where
we changed horses. Here were a few, but very few people who I
think from what Brown and Grant said recognised us, but behaved
extremely well, and did not come near. This was at twenty minutes
to four. We then turned as it were homewards, but had to make
a good long circuit, and drove along the side of Loch Tummel,
high above the loch, through birch wood, which grows along the
hills much the same as about Birkhall. It is only three miles
long. Here it was again very clear and bright. At the end of the
loch, on a highish point called after me The Queens
View - though I had not been there in 1844 -
we got out and took tea. But this was a long and unsuccessful
business; the fire would not burn, and the kettle would not boil.
At length Brown ran off to a cottage and returned after some little
while with a can full of hot water, but it was no longer boiling
when it arrived, and the tea was not good. Then all had to be
packed, and it made us very late. It was fast growing dark. We
passed Alleine (now Queens View Hotel). . . and then at
about half past six, changed horses at the Bridge of Garry near,
or rather in the midst of, the Pass of Killiecrankie; but from
the lateness of the hour and the dullness of the evening - for
it was raining we could see hardly anything.
went through Pitlochry, where we were recognised, but got through
quietly enough, and reached Ballinluig, where the Duchesss
horses were put on, at a little before half-past seven. Here the
lamps were lit, and the good people had put two candles in each
window! They offered to bring Athole Brose which we
however declined. The people pressed round the carriage, and one
man brought out a bulls-eye lantern which he turned on me.
But Brown.., Needless to say, John Brown intervened, and
protected the Queen from the vulgar people of Ballinluig. If the
vantage point was known as Queens View before
Victorias visit, perhaps it had been admired by Mary Queen
of Scots. She had certainly visited the Atholl area on great hunting
expeditions, and there are various legends about harps and harp-strings
which, though perhaps not totally authentic, might still have
a basis of truth. In any case, the Queens view well deserves
its regal title.
the Forestry Commission have an information centre there, where
you can find out all you want to know about the work of the Commission.
500 yards along the road is a picnic area, which affords a fascinating
glimpse of village life as it must have,heen in the eighteenth
or seventeenth centuries. Some ruined houses and byres have been
unearthed, partially built up, and given turf roofs.
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