Scones and autumn colours

This morning, after meeting my sister in northern Perthshire to lend her delightful assistant no.1 for the day, delightful assistant no.2 and I made our way southwards in a leisurely manner.

As we drove along admiring the scenery our thoughts turned to snacks. We pulled in at the Watermill Tearoom in Blair Atholl, pleased to find that it was still open for the season (it closes for the year at the end of October).


Dating back to the 16th Century, Blair Atholl Watermill is one of the few remaining working watermills in Scotland. A notice in the tearoom explained that the wheel wasn’t turning today due to low water levels in the mill lade that feeds it.

The bread and cakes sold in the tearoom are baked using the mill’s own wholemeal stoneground flour, and the fare on display always looks deliciously wholesome.

My delightful assistant fancied something savoury rather than sweet and opted for a rectangular cheese scone.


I went for a fruit scone with raspberry jam and we both had cappuccinos. The scones were fresh and tasty, and revived us for the next leg of the journey.


Hopping back into the car, we headed south towards Pitlochry. After reading Jo’s post about Killiecrankie on The Hazel Tree blog yesterday, I felt inspired to have a look at the colours lining the River Garry.

The Garry cuts through a deep gorge called the Pass of Killiecrankie and, as Jo noted in her post, the valley is often partly in shade, particularly at this time of year when the sun is low in the sky.

It was an unusually windy day and there was a haziness in the air, no doubt produced by dust particles being blown about all over the place. Despite these inconveniences there were a number of visitors happily snapping away with their cameras from the Garry Bridge, which gives an excellent view both north and south along the river’s course. Adding a nice bit of drama and lighting to the scene, a rainbow appeared above the trees to the north.


Looking north from the Garry Bridge towards Killiecrankie.

From the other side of the bridge, looking south, it was evident that the river level was quite low. This reminded us of the notice we’d seen in the Watermill explaining why the mill wheel wasn’t turning.


There was more shingle bank than river just below the Garry Bridge.


River Garry with a big white bank of shingle and not much water.

The weather forecasters have been warning that high winds will be stripping some of the autumn leaves from the trees this week. There certainly have been a lot of leaves blowing about today, but since many of the trees have yet to swap their green for fiery hues I’m hoping for more magnificent colours in the weeks ahead.


A few twigs and leaves on the road but plenty of greenery still around near Blairgowrie in sunny Perthshire.


16 thoughts on “Scones and autumn colours

  1. Fantastic! So glad that you got out to see the colours, and I love your photos (thanks for the link, too!) I really like the last photo, of the tree-lined road – beautiful. It still looks a little like summer in that one! But so many leaves came down overnight last night – and it was a real battle against the wind this morning on my way down to the Post Office!

    • Thank you for inspiring me, Jo. It keeps impressing me how green everything is here. As you said, the autumn colours do seem to be later this year. The wind has been really strong, hasn’t it? It’s unusual to get it like that in Perthshire with it being so far from the coast. I hope you didn’t lose any stamps to the gusts. 🙂

      • Yes, suddenly a lot of trees are bare while others are still green – the timing is quite weird. Haha, no, I just about stayed on the ground but it was hard to keep a grip on the bags! 🙂

  2. Wow, what a beautiful fall and the colors along the river just gorgeous.
    That scone is sure appetizing. I am going to figure out how to make a low carb scone for me…it will include almond flour (which I love anyway)…will let you know how it tastes.

    • Thank you, Linda, the colours were lovely and the scone was tasty. Your scone sounds very interesting. I think I’ve used almond flour in scones before, but only partly almond and mostly wheat. I would imagine an all-almond scone would have quite a close texture, but could taste delicious. Are you planning on putting any fruit or other flavouring in? I’d love to hear how it turns out.

  3. Oh my gosh… Lorna, your world is so magical! I really look forward to visiting. I’m starved for greenery at this moment, rain and autumn. Thank you for brightening my day:)

    • Things seem a bit topsy turvy in the UK at the moment. We’ve had very little rain recently, at least in central and eastern parts. It seems the poor old north-west – has been getting our share for much of the year. I’ve been surprised to see how wet it’s been in East Anglia on the weather charts.

  4. Beautiful photos Lorna, and a nice post to go with Jo’s from the 18th October. I don’t know about you, but I’ve not seen such stunning Autumn colours as we’ve had this year in the 9 years I’ve been living up here. We’ve normally had a few gales by now, which thankfully haven’t materialised yet 🙂

    • Thanks, Andy. I think the colours have been especially good so far this year, perhaps because of the mix of green and fiery shades. Often by this time the green has all gone. Also, as you say, we’ve not had too much wind although it’s pretty breezy up here today.

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