In the ruins of an old croft, four walls of rock gradually crumble into the earth. Nettles sprout from a thick carpet of fallen autumn leaves. The remnants of an old fireplace can still be made out. A birch tree sprouts through the spectre of an old doorway. Branches claw at the moss-covered stones. The void of an old window looks out on to wild shrubbery and weeds.
An appeal to save a rural Perthshire primary school has ground to a halt as Perth and Kinross Council has mounted a legal challenge against the Scottish Government over its decision to call in the closure.