|Red Hackle Tour - 8 May 2022
Crews gather for the drivers briefing from organiser Ron Adam
years opening event attracted 38 entries in a wide selection of
classic and some modern cars. Our start point was the Black Watch
museum in Perth, a familiar landmark for those entering this tour
This year had given the organisers some headaches
before we got to the start. Roadworks kept jumping up out of nowhere,
with each needing a re-route to avoid. Whilst this is manageable before
printing the roadbook, it gets a bit panicky after printing. Of course
our friendly local council did just that. With only days to spare
a new route, roadbook section etc had to be created, printed and
the roadbooks dismembered to fit the new section in. All in a days work
you might say. Traffic arriving for the museum, including three touring
coaches just as we were departing was the icing on the cake so to speak.
Lineup for the startWith
the crews fed on their bacon rolls etc we started our engines and set
off on our first stage heading north out of Perth on the A9 for a short
sprint to Luncarty.
we left the main roads and tracked the River almond as it made its way
to Logiealmond where we turned south crossing the river. Twisting and
turning east then west kept crews on their toes on a series of short
hops between turns. Auchterarder eventually appeared on the horizon,
and after a short loop we arrived at Muthill. A sharp eye was needed to
spot the Drummond Castle Gardens sign with the surrounding trees coming
into leaf were trying hard to hide from us!
We drove up the spectacular treelined driveway, almost 1.5 miles long,
which was created toward the end of the 17th century by the 4th Earl as
an avenue of four rows of trees from the castle to Perth, some 20 miles
Bruce 2009 BMW stepping out
Niven 2005 MGTF leads the chase
Main 1995 Mercedes SL
Campbell 1978 Bristol 412
Holmes 1970 Volvo Amazon
Martin 1980 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Thankfully a one way system was in force. Now that is what I would call a driveway.......
Fleming 1970 MG Midget
Begg 2000 Racing Puma
Young 2012 MX5
were directed up into the main courtyard, with Richard Taylor from the
castle guiding us through the gates.Breathe in was the order of the day
for the the wider cars. This is when you wish you had a mini or small
Stacking and packing into the courtyard at Drummond Castle
Lindsay Big Healey becomes talking point
Rae Lotus 7 easy to tuck into a space
Richard Taylor our 'stacker & packer' squeezes Watson 1968 Elf into place.
Garden view from top of the Keep
Most of us managed into the courtyard where picnic
tables were set out, some brought their own, and a coffee stand,
actually a converted horsebox with an expert Barista providing all
sorts of coffee flavours, including a whisky (non alcoholic) flavour
which proved quite popular to supplement our picnic lunches that we
brought with us. Many took advantage to walkaround the pristine
gardens, looked after by four gardeners. The grass is kept short by a
fleet of robotic lawnmowers that come out at night, all controlled for
an app on your phone. Well of course they would. How they did that in
the sixteenth century when the gardens were laid out had me scratching
Richard took me up to the roof of the keep tower for a
'top down' photo. Rising up three floors in a tight spiral staircase
seemed never ending. I found that spiral staircases are always right
handed screw going up. This enables right handed defenders to stab
their swords into rising intruders who, unless they are left handed,
are at a severe disadvantage. Me I was just out of breath.... The
resulting view was outstanding and only a drone would have got the
photos I was able to take. My cry to the crowd below to smile I reckon
got carried away on the breeze.
Having squeezed into the
courtyard we had now to get back out. Fortunately Richard our guide had
ensured we turned when arriving into the courtyard so as to be facing
the right way for going out. Even then I reckoned a Rizzla cigarette
paper (remember those?) would be tight for Ranald Bruce and Louise Wall
BMW 6 series convertible to pass through. Breathe in again!
route took us south from the castle toward Gleneagles, passing the
Sunday afternoon golfers,as we skirted the foot of the Ochil Hills.
Reaching Dunning we continued east toward the 'model village' of
Forteviot. Once the ancient capital of the Pictish kingdom of
Fortrenn and a favourite residence of Kenneth MacAlpin and Malcolm
Canmore, Forteviot was rebuilt in the 1920s by the 1st Lord Forteviot
in the style of an English garden city. Its admittedly attractive lawns
and white painted cottages may seem at odds with the surrounding area.
stood beside the modern Pictish cross slab unveiled the weekend of
17th/18th March 2018. Sited in the middle of Forteviot village. This
new Pictish style cross slab was created to celebrate Forteviot's
status as an early Christian site and its association with King Cinead
Turning South we headed over the Ochils and the Path
of Condie. Robert Burns is said to have inscribed his name with a ring
on the window of the school at Path of Condie after a visit to Invermay
We continued south to the once bustling
market town of Milnathort. There was a time when Milnathort stood at
the crossroads of the road between Edinburgh (via the ferry) and Perth
and the main road between Stirling and St Andrews. The motorway M90
bypasses the village now. We kept to the old roads turning north on our
final leg toward Perth and our finish back at the Black Watch museum.
welcome hot meal at the high Tea, with a selection of scones and cakes
to follow was a fine end to a terrific day, one we will remember for
places seen and sunshine on our tour.
Lookout for our next
Museum Tour on 24 July. Regs out soon. Once again we will take you to
unusual places easily missed to those not keeping a good lookout.
Updated 10 May 2022