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#95338 - 04/19/17 01:52 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The corridors are long


and secure


Some prisoners found work in the laundry










The "reception"


The showers


The reality of D hall


Corporal punishment...
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#95339 - 04/20/17 02:24 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Until the opening of Peterhead Convict Prison, Scots convicts were transported to England to serve their sentences. The first convicts were received in August 1888.

The "governor's" office


As previously mentioned, Peterhead Prison supplied the labour force to work in Stirlinghill Quarry and in the Admiralty Yard attached to the prison. These convicts supported the work of a civilian labour force employed by the Admiralty to construct the Harbour of Refuge breakwater.

For some, it would have broken the monotony of cell life






For those who broke the rules, there was isolation and a removal of comforts


For the worst offenders, there was corporal punishment with the cat o' nine tails


Communications were restricted


as were sanitary facilities


and exercise facilities


Solitary confinement...


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#95341 - 04/21/17 02:12 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Exclusion from the company of others in solitary confinement was always a possibility for misbehaviour or other reasons.


One inmate, was only released back into the prison population after two years in 'segregation' in a cell such as this


One murderer was in solitary confinement in Peterhead prison for 26 years.


This corridor leads to the medical block and a "private suite"


dental surgery


pharmacy


The private suite - no details of who was kept here have been released


facilities were basic


the prisoner was monitored 24/7


and had no contact with other prisoners


Making an escape...
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#95342 - 04/22/17 02:49 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It is time for us to make our escape by finishing the tour of the prison...

it was definitely warmer outside than inside


This is the visitor centre from which the sour starts and finishes


and this is the view towards Peterhead from near the prison




I headed to Cruden Bay again but it was still too windy for fishing


and later in the day, I ended up at Boddam




We were blessed with a bonnie morning




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#95343 - 04/23/17 02:54 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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For those of you who like Galician wines, I can recommend this one. It is from the Albariño grape.


The rocky shoreline at Boddam




The quiet harbour


with its clear waters


Back in town, spring is really evident now...











Here is the link to this weeks Sunday Snaps http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39588785

Coming up....
Ballater, Balmoral and a long, long hill walk....
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#95344 - 04/24/17 02:34 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I had been planning to head to Royal Deeside in the Cairngorms National Park a couple of weeks ago but that did not happen, so when the opportunity arose again, I headed off to spend Easter Weekend at Ballater and Balmoral (the residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland).



Ballater sits on the River Dee






Ballater is a centre for hikers




The medieval pattern of development along this reach of the River Dee was influenced by the ancient trackways across the Grampian Mounth, which determined strategic locations of castles and other Deeside settlements of the Middle Ages.

In the early 14th century, the area was part of the estates of the Knights of St John, but the settlement did not develop until around 1770; first as a spa resort to accommodate visitors to the Pananich Mineral Well, then later upon the arrival of the railway in 1866 it was visited by many tourists taking advantage of the easier access thus afforded.
(Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballater)










A walk around town...



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#95345 - 04/25/17 02:42 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Ballater has a Royal connection - Balmoral Castle, the British Royal Family's holiday home, lies approximately 8 miles west.


The Royal Family has visited the town frequently since the time of Queen Victoria.




Victoria Barracks is used by the Royal Guard for the castle.






A church in a former life


Ballater is surrounded by hills

A water fountain with a backdrop


The town has some fine residences with dramatic views of the surrounding countryside




Down by the river...
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#95347 - 04/26/17 02:00 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I found a great spot to park up down by the river


It lacked a mobile signal though


The River Dee




It is possible to walk along the riverside here




The Seven Bridges Walk
There is a waymarked circular walk that explores some of the fine countryside around the town of Ballater. The route described includes an optional detour to the ruins of a sixteenth century tower house.
See https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/seven-bridges.shtml

Here are some more fine residences that I spotted on my walk around Ballater








Hillwalking - From Balmoral Castle to Loch Muick...



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#95349 - 04/27/17 02:25 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It was good to spend a couple of nights in Ballater, with the chance of a full day to walk and explore the small town, set in the heart of Royal Deeside.

The area around Braemar and Ballater is known as Royal Deeside by some people, and that usage had been encouraged by the tourist trade.



Since the reign of Queen Victoria the British Royal Family have spent their summers at Balmoral Castle.

(This is NOT an image of the castle)

Every year they attend the Braemar Highland Gathering and other local events. Birkhall, previously owned by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, is now a favourite retreat of Prince Charles.




(Information Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Dee,_Aberdeenshire )

The hill wall...

A friend collected me in Ballater for the short trip to the carpark at Easter Balmoral where the walk was to begin. Here is the route...


The first leg or outward journey was from Easter Balmoral car park to Loch Muick, a 3hr 12min walk (the blue trail above) and the return was to be a 3h 56min walk passing by the side of Lochnagar and back to the car park (the grey trail above)

Setting off


The bridge itself is of interest


It crossed the River Dee


and leads to a lodge where the ticket office for entry into Balmoral is located


It was a long walk and there are lots of photographs ranging from lush green parkland to barren moors, hills and mountain ranges.
So, join us on the walk to see some of the sights of the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park...
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#95350 - 04/28/17 12:55 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The first part of our walk to Loch Muick takes us through the green and pleasant land that adjoins the Queen's Estate at Balmoral.

Did you know she has her own golf course?


It is a nine hole / eighteen tee private parkland golf course


A round of golf starts from the club cabin where there are changing rooms, toilets and parking for your convenience. The course meanders its way around cairns and monuments from Queen Victoria's reign and continues beside the magnificent River Dee.


The cost is £200 for up to four players per tee time.

Highland cattle near the course


Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies


The cost of a tour is £8.00


and nearby...




The lodge has quite a view




The changing scenery...



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