Walked to Enterprise Car Rental, raining but we were prepared, again, not a good omen; Welcome to Scotland.
Since the weather looked bleak on the east coast we headed for Inverness at approximately 2pm, travelling the major A9 highway. We pulled off for gas in the small village of Dunkeld Cross and made an unexpected discovery.
This was the summer home of Beatrix Potter from whence came the inspiration for her work with the identification of fungi and of course, her writing of “Peter Rabbit”. The rain was with us but with a beautiful garden where Beatrix wrote and an endearing indoor display, one had to stop. Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.
Dunkeld is also the location of Birnam wood made famous in Shakespeare’s Macbeth when the witches by way of prophecy reveal to Macbeth; "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him".
Leaving Dunkeld we drove the rest of the way along the A9 to Inverness, staying the night in the beautiful Victorian B & B, Ivybank Guest House.