Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Spittal of Glenshee: fun name for a pretty place

There are some place names which are completely forgettable.

And then there are places like Scotland's Spittal of Glenshee which demand attention.

One day I want my home address to read: Spittal of Glenshee
Not only because of the stunning Scottish Highlands' scenery, but also because "Spittal of Glenshee" sounds so lyrical.   And the word "spittal" is an unusual one which reminds me of "spittoon", which in turn make me think of the dentist.

The Spittal of Glenshee lies at the head of Glenshee where a number of streams flow south out of the Grampians.   The area around here is what I think of as quintessential Highlands with rolling, dramatic and treeless hills, occasional spots of purple heather, and a remote and timeless atmosphere.

Beautiful scenery through the Scottish Highlands
There's an historic hotel here (and not much else) apparently first run by monks in 900AD to provide shelter for passing travellers.

And that's what the word "spittal" means: a shelter or place of refuge.

Many streams converge at Spittal of Glenshee

Some heather at Glenshee

Beautiful barrenness

Friendly local

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