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#96592 - 02/25/20 03:09 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It is Solmates' second stroll of the year and we are heading west from the suburb of Westhill to the rural village of Kirkton of Skene...

We left our cars at the home of one of the group


Then we headed out of the suburb




A recently built Scottish Episcopal Church


Looking to the hills


A large house formerly an orphanage






Looking over the fields


The village...
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#96593 - 02/26/20 02:29 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are just entering the village of Kirkton of Skene...


These farming cottages are typical of many in the village


In bygone times they would have housed the estate workers




Our first stop is at Skene Parish Church. We are stopping for two reasons.


The first reason is to look at the deleted entry on this war memorial. The villager was thought dead but he turned up so they had to delete his name from the memorial!





The second reason is to see this mortsafe. Mortsafes were used to secure dead bodies until they had decomposed. This was to prevent body snatches taking them and selling them for medical research.





Part of the graveyard


Moving on...
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#96594 - 02/27/20 02:57 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The Soulmates have just visited Skene Parish Church to see its mortsafe and unusual war memorial. It is time to leave there now...





As we walk we get a rare glimpse of the Loch of Skene in the distance


The backdrop of the dark hills


And the unmistakable twin gate lodges at the Loch of Skene





Back in the village we enter the west lodge of the former estate


The gable and of this building bears a coat of arms





A doocot


I was intrigued - a walled garden...
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#96595 - 02/28/20 02:49 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are leaving Kirkton Of Skene. Our route takes us through a nursing home which at one time would have been the big house on an estate.

This route provides us with a fine view


A now derelict building


But nearby there is a walled garden


I couldn't resist


Here is the view through the gate. Nothing mutch to see, just a few snowdrops


This is the grand entrance to the now closed building


An old style lamp post




A beautifully built drystane dyke



The afternoon sun


A chimney or an archway or both?...
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#96596 - 02/29/20 03:20 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We took a different route back...

And we came upon this. Look carefully!...





It is curious that the chimney is also part of the arch and that the arch is also part of chimney.

Looking through the arch we see a country house called Leddach House



An unusual sculpture


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Due to the recent stormy weather I've not had any road trips planned but rather just enjoying a day here and a day there in the van.
Sometimes the walks have been in local woodlands and countryside.

On this occasion we are walking west to a suburb of Aberdeen...

Once a small rural village, Kingswells has expanded ded almost to meet the town. Much of the expansion was due to the oil boom of the '70s.

We are going to walk to Kingswells to see consumption dykes.

It was a bonnie day for a walk


Blue skies but a bitterly cold wind


We need to head west through Sheddocksley Woods to get to the Kingswells trail




A rugby pitch in the middle of nowhere


Waterlogged after the recent deluges


This is big...
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#96597 - 03/01/20 02:59 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It's March already! My, how time is flying. I hope that you had a good week and that you are enjoying the weekend. Here in the northern hemisphere it is good to see the daylight stretching with lighter mornings and evenings until 5.45 pm.
The flooding in parts of England continues as Jorge visits this weekend. Our thoughts should be with those poor folks who have been flooded out.


We are walking west from the edge of Aberdeen to Kingswells...

Views to Brimmond Hill





We arrive at Greenfern Farm


This was the home of former Highland Games athlete Bill Anderson


He was born in nearby Bucksburn in 1937 and died in 1981







Eventually we come to the edge of Kingswells



The drystane dykes grow larger






This weeks Sunday Snaps can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51670802


Then we come to this. This is a consumption dyke...
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#96598 - 03/02/20 02:32 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We have walked from the edge of Aberdeen to Kingswells...

We pass one of the consumption dykes. The us one is do BIG


The were built to consume stones from the fields


They are impressive


You can walk on some of them


They even have stone steps


Having walked through the suburbs, we head back to town via the Old Lang Stracht


This would have been the main route in and out of Aberdeen to the west




Coming up...






Wet, wet, wet...
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#96599 - 03/03/20 02:59 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The forecast was not good but I set off for a countryside walk from the village of Drumoak to the village of Crathes. Our staring point is Drumoak...

The former parish church


Some of the roadside houses


The quiet village


The local shop


With it's free library


This is prime farming land


It started to rain quite soon after starting off. The walk takes us along part if the old Deeside railway line


The views were pleasant but it was hard to do them justice in the cold


The wet track


The wet woods


The weather worsens...
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#96600 - 03/04/20 02:41 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking along part of the old Deeside railway line, now called the Deeside Way...

A view from a former railway bridge


Looking down to a walled garden which is part of Park Estate


Ruined farm buildings




Snowdrops, daffodils and crocii


A traditional wooden gate and drystane dyke


Hmmm, not sure what this might have been


A lodge


Dismount steps for those on horseback


Something is going on in this field, I'm not sure what though!
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#96601 - 03/05/20 02:33 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The weather begins to close in


Sleet turns to snow


It begins to lie on the ground


It was time to head home and get warm and dry!

Better weather! Better walking conditions....
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