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#95670 - 12/05/17 02:36 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The area is very scenic with lots of rolling hills and farmland.


Nearby is Bennachie where, in bygone days, people have lived in a fort carved into the hill top, and in radical farming settlements on its slopes.


The area we are in is called the Back of Bennachie


It is here we find the village of Rhynie

The Square


with its war memorial


and church


The church is clearly well looked after


It was built in the early 1820s


The tower was added some time later


The main street


The Rhynie Man...


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#95671 - 12/06/17 02:00 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are in the village of Rhynie in Aberdeenshre...

May have been a coach house in bygone days


A ruined church




It is a narrow village, the countryside is never far away




The Rhynie Man is a cartoon-like depiction, over a metre high, of a man carrying an axe, beautifully carved on a gabbro slab. The slab, itself 1.78m high, was uncovered during ploughing at Barflat, just to the south of Rhynie in Aberdeenshire, in 1978.


Today you find the Rhynie Man standing in the reception area of Woodhill House, the headquarters of Aberdeenshire Council, on the edge of Aberdeen. He can be visited - if you can find somewhere to park - during normal office opening hours.


Rhynie Man is very unusual indeed. Very few carvings of figures have been found dating back to the Pictish period. One consequence of this is that there is very little with which to compare Rhynie Man and the stone he is carved on: and this in turn makes dating him extremely difficult. The absence of even a vague idea of a date makes it very difficult to agree what the stone actually depicts.


But there are no shortage of theories. The stone could date to any time between the 500s and the 800s. If it is of an early date, then Rhynie Man could be a depiction of the Celtic God Esus, who the Picts' predecessors, the Celts, depicted as a woodman with an axe (and to whom they sacrificed victims who they strung up from trees). Alternatively, if the stone is of a later date, it could represent a Pictish King or a figure from legend, or even St Matthew.


Whoever the figure is intended to represent, he has a disproportionately large head complete with a distinctive haircut, beaked nose, pointed teeth and a long beard. He is wearing a tunic belted at the waist. It has been suggested that the very thin shaft of the axe Rhynie Man is carrying means it is intended for ceremonial purposes rather than as a weapon or a tool.

Information Source https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/aberdeen/rhynieman/index.

Our next destination is Forres on the Moray Coast...
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#95672 - 12/07/17 01:57 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Forres is situated in Moray, about 27 miles north east of the Highland capital of Inverness.

This is the Tollbooth




It has been claimed that Forres first appears, as Varis, on a map drawn by Ptolemy two thousand years ago.

The Mercat Cross




A Royal Burgh since 1140, Forres is one of Scotland's oldest towns, and also one of its most attractive.







A thousand years ago, Forres was home to a castle, located at the west end of the High Street. This was further strengthened to become a royal residence in the 1100s.


Nothing now remains of Forres Castle and its site is a public park


It was a pleasant day to wander around the High Street
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#95673 - 12/07/17 01:59 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Information Source https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/forres/forres/index.html

The next day - this....


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#95674 - 12/07/17 06:52 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I forgot to mention Storm Caroline - it is heading for Western, Northern and North East Scotland. Very high winds in excess of 90mph are expected today and snow tomorrow.
At present the winds are very strong here in Aberdeen. Rail and ferry transport has also been disrupted.
See here for more details http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42256808

I'll update with tomorrow's post...
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#95675 - 12/08/17 02:15 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Caroline update...
The winds continued to blow stronger and stronger yesterday causing bins and other things that not fastened down to blow over. At points it was quite difficult to walk. The weather began to change as the blue skies were replaced by dark clouds then the rain and sleet started and it became cold. The it died out!
As I looked out this morning, the snow had arrived. More later but you can read an update here on the effects around the country http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42274328
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#95676 - 12/08/17 02:23 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Back to the road trip to the Moray Coast. I was staying in Forres for a couple of days and we had planned to visit Pluscarden Abbey and then Lossiemouth.

But, next morning I awoke to this...

Snow!






The garden had a Christmas look to it


as did the High Street


and the park








This could be a Christmas card scene


Our plans to go to Pluscarden Abbey deep in the countryside were put on hold because of the weather.

A winter Wonderland..
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#95677 - 12/08/17 12:33 PM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Post-Caroline Update...

Last night's sky after the storm


The snow that was forecast arrived overnight. It was a snowy scene this morning as I walked to town.










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#95678 - 12/09/17 03:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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This weekend, our thoughts should be with those affected by the fires in California. Homes, business and farmland have all been destroyed. It is a shame to see violence on the increase in Gaza again, all because of one man's comments.

It is good to get away from all the bad news and appreciate all the beauty that has been provided for us...

We are still in Forres and enjoying a morning walk in a winter wonderland that is part of the Sanquhar Woodlands



Sanquhar Loch


It is on the course of the Burn of Mosset




It was a scenic stroll in some bonnie woodland surrounding the loch






The Burn of Mosset


A wooden bridge over the burn



Update...
The snow is still with us with more forecast today and tomorrow. Even now, as a looked out, there is a heavy morning downfall.

A new station and a trip to Burghead...


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#95679 - 12/09/17 02:27 PM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The snow showers continued intermittently throughout the day today. I took these on a walk to town...















Back to the road trip...
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