COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S rules took effect on Monday 26th April 2021:
- non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted, and tourist accommodation in Scotland can reopen subject to socialising rules
- shops will be able to fully reopen with precautions including physical distancing requirements, face masks and hand sanitiser in place
- gyms and indoor sports facilities, including swimming pools, will reopen for individual exercise, with group activities permitted for under-18s, and all organised outdoor activity can resume except adult contact sport
- limits on attendance at life events, including weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and receptions for those will increase to 50
- pubs, cafes and restaurants will reopen outdoors for groups of up to six people from up to six households with alcohol in line with local licencing laws. Indoors they will be able to open for groups of up to six people from up to two households without alcohol until 8pm.
- takeaways will be able to resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises
- mobile close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons can resume
- non-essential work in other people’s homes will resume (including cleaning, repairs, and painting and decorating).
YOU CAN SEE high resolution aerial 360° panorama views of Loch Monzievaird by clicking on the following link with your mouse. Use the controls to zoom in and out. On the north side of the loch on a little peninsula below the big house are the remains of Castle Cluggy:
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CASTLE CLUGGY is found on the northern shore of Loch Monzievaird which is 1.5 miles west of Crieff directly adjacent to the A85. There are two laybys on the A85 just a few hundred metres from the estate entrance (postcode: PH7 4JP). Castle Cluggy Charitable Trust looks after the physical remains of the castle together with the adjoining land known as the Dry Isle. The loch and surrounding grounds are part of a privately owned estate.
The Trust enjoys friendly communications with Loch Monzievaird Holiday Lodges. To visit the castle, simply use the visitor's car park on the left-hand side of the drive at the reception area - ideally letting the manager know you are on site - then follow the loch side footpath keeping the loch on your right-hand side. Visitors might need to fight their way through all the undergrowth and there are some steep steps [sensible footwear is strongly recommended] but it should be worth all the effort.
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?
The ruins of a rectangular tower built as a hall house and subsequently heavily modified. The Category B-listed building is situated on a little peninsula called the 'Dry Isle' approached in former times only by a drawbridge for the purposes of strength and security. The nearby crannog (artificial island) is said to have been used in days gone by as a place of containment for any prisoners held by the castle. Much of the original castle has been destroyed revealing an impressive square tower with thick walls and arrow slots at various levels. The structure is unstable and therefore there is no internal access. WARNING: This is a dangerous building. DO NOT ENTER.
Locked gates and ‘private’ signs do not make the countryside feel like a welcoming place but it is important that everyone enjoying outdoor recreation in Scotland is aware of their rights and responsibilities. Scotland has statutory rights of public access to most land and inland water, through the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, based on the principle that you can be on or cross most land provided that you are doing so in a responsible way. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code has three main principles: 1. Respect the interests of other people 2. Care for the environment 3. Take responsibility for your own actions.