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#95099 - 12/03/16 02:25 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It was a frosty Thursday afternoon when we set off on the short uphill climb to Nelson's Tower...

The tree lined path through the park


and the carpet of fallen leaves


The roadway rises on Cluny Hill


and after a winding around the hillside, the tower is in sight


We met a man who was metal detecting,he was happy to show us the coins that he had found


This is Nelson's Tower


But what is its history?
Standing high on Cluny Hill, Nelson's Tower looks down, with some presence, over Forres. Erected by public subscription, the tower was built as a memorial to Admiral Lord Nelson. The foundation stone was laid by James Brodie of Brodie on the 26th August 1806 with coins and a parchment being laid beneath it.

To celebrate the opening, a couple of four pounder cannon had been donated and these fired a twenty-one gun salute. The cannon were said to have been with the fleet at the bombardment of Alexandria and can still be seen today at the entrance door to the tower.

By far the most popular feature of the tower is the absolutely stunning view from the top deck. The 360 degree vista, particulary north over the broad reaches of the Moray Firth to the far hills of Caithness and west towards Ullapool, provides an unforgetable experience.

Source:- http://www.forresheritage.org/index.asp?pageid=240129

The cannon
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The view


The Tower


A woodland walk....
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#95100 - 12/04/16 02:52 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope everyone if having a good weekend as we continue exploring Cluny Hill in Forres....

The inscription above the door of Nelson's Tower


The views from the top of Cluny Hill are good but it would have been even better had the tower been open as the views from that top are meant to be spectacular.

It was time to wind our way down for a woodland walk...

Even although it was early afternoon, the sun was low


We passed a small graveyard




On the was sown we passed Helges Hole which forms a natural auditorium




It was very still in the woods


With some secluded mansions tucked away






The Sunday Snaps can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38104011

From woodland to water...
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#95101 - 12/05/16 02:30 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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At the bottom of the hill, we ventured into more woodland but with with a flowing stream and bridges. The woodland walks are maintained by the local community and they do a great job. Eventually we would get to the source of the stream.

Water in the woods


Looking upstream


One of the bridges


Fast flowing in parts


Some horses wearing their winter coats - you can see how frosty it was


Heading west into the setting sun


This is where we were


This is where we are going


The scenery became more open and colourful in the afternoon sun




Swans and the source of the stream....
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#95106 - 12/06/16 02:04 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Eventually we came to the source of the stream


With a solitary swan


and some ducks


The low sun created wonderful reflections


Heading home, a rosy red sky was beginning to develop


as the sun started to set


Brodie Castle and grounds...
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#95107 - 12/07/16 03:11 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It was another cold frosty morning as we headed a short distance west from Forres to Brodie Castle. The castle itsel was closed but we were able to walk the grounds.

If you would like to see more photographs of Forres then please use this link http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=94859#Post94859

The approach to the castle


It is a National Trust property


Originally built in 1567 is was destroyed by fire and expanded and rebuild in 1824














Walking the grounds of the castle...
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#95109 - 12/07/16 09:32 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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It looks like a beautiful day even if it is cold and frosty. I liked the photo of the horses in their winter coats. How cold is it?

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#95110 - 12/08/16 02:22 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Thanks for posting Art. The temperature was not that low, around -3 deg C (26 deg F), but the wind chill made it feel like -6 deg C (20 deg F).
I had thought that I might stay at the rural location of Rhynie on the first night of this road trip but inland temperatures of -10 deg C (14 deg F) were forecast.
For this reason, I headed to the milder coastal village of Burghead.

Let's continue with the walk around Brodie Castle grounds....

This outhouse is now a gallery and performance space




It is a great source of firewood


an old tractor trailer




The morning sun shining on the castle


The castle grounds are scenic in places


with some special features




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#95112 - 12/09/16 02:35 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Yesterday and the day before saw very warm weather here in Aberdeen. With warm air circulating uo from the Canary Islands, the temperatures here reached about 15 deg C (59 deg F) - very mild for this time of year and joy to be out and about.

But at Brodie Castle it was cold ans the brisk walk around the grounds was one way of warming up...

It looks like the ducks are walking on water, but that is ice!




Low sun and long shadows, even though it is only mid-morning


We spotted this through the trees


It was a family burial plot


and memorial


The stream crossing


a bird watching hide




provides a great view over the pond
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#95116 - 12/10/16 02:58 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We decided to head for Brodie Countryfayre for a cup of coffe - it is a retail and eatery centre which is very popular with the local and travellers alike as it sits on the main A96 heading to and from Inverness.

First, we cross the main railway line connecting Aberdeen to Inverness


Brodie Countryfayre


Ho, ho, ho




After some refreshment we walked back to the car park at the castle


This is interesting


After a bit more walking it was time to head for lunch. The pudding part is always my favourite


If this were Spain, it would be siesta time as the sun sets on another road trip.


Enjoy your weekend everyone, stay safe in whatever you do.

An early Christmas...
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#95119 - 12/10/16 02:30 PM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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beautiful tales of Scotland, would be nice in a blog for all to follow.
Cheers
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