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#96249 - 04/11/19 02:56 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are nearing the end of our walk as we pass a typical granite countryside cottage


Let's take a last look at the views


Silver birch and conifer point to the hills





As I mentioned in an earlier post, Aboyne is on the edge of the Cairngorm's National Park


Here is where the Cairngorms National Park is located. It is the large green area in the centre of the map. It is the largest national park in the UK


This time two years ago I went walking in the heart of the Cairngorms. If you have time, the have a look at this posts about walking in the Cairngorms.
The scenery is spectacular www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=95343&page=102

Coming up tomorrow...



Another Sole Mates walk


But where?....
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#96250 - 04/12/19 02:27 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Here we are, meeting up with some friends for a monthly walk...



The group call themselves Sole Mates


We go for a walk once a month


But where are we walking this month?



Well, we are in Stonehaven


with its beautiful seaside views


Our walk starts along the seafront...

Looking across to the town


Stonehaven is indeed a haven of stones.


with pebbles everywhere


Like ducks out of water...


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#96251 - 04/13/19 02:29 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking along the seafront of the seaside town of Stonehaven near Aberdeen...

Looking out to sea


The Sole Mates stroll on the promenade


The stony shore


These ducks were out of the water


Here us the reason - their habitat is being disturbed by flood alleviation measures. Necessary for the human seafront residents but not the ducks.


Looking back to the town




The rugged rocks of the shoreline


The historic harbour


The focus of Stonehaven in its early years was its harbour, the only safe haven along this entire coast in a north-easterly gale...
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#96252 - 04/14/19 03:09 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope that you have had a good week and restful weekend.
Semana Santa is here and Spain and Spanish speaking countries will be focussing on Jesus' journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. Hopefully the true meaning of this will not be lost amidst all the processions and celebrations.
Sadly, Holy Week will largely pass unnoticed in the UK.

We are at the historic harbour in the seaside town of Stonehaven...

The Tollbooth - a 16th-century stone building originally used as a courthouse and a prison 


The seafront hotels and beach




Paddle boarders making their way out of the harbour


Some of the small side streets


Steep gardens


The headland to the south


A view of the marina and harbour front


Leaving the harbour we come to the old town hall and market cross






This week's Sunday Snaps from around Scotland can he found on BBC News -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47910420

Inside the old Town House...


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#96253 - 04/15/19 02:10 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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There was a small exhibition inside the Old Town House in Stonehaven..

The inside space was tiny!


There was only room for a few people to enter at the same time


Looking up the clock tower


The house of Olgilvy of Lumgair dating from the early 17th Century


We are now walking by the Carron River which flows into Stonehaven


I spotted this


and this unusual carving







Time for coffee and cake...
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#96254 - 04/16/19 02:49 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are coming to the end of our time in Stonehaven...

On our way we pass a colourful garden




An eye level gutter


The art deco Carron House Restaurant


Finally, it was time for coffee and cake




Coming up - another trip out in the van...











Rambling in rural Aberdeenshire...
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#96255 - 04/17/19 02:12 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Our trip this week takes us to the heart of Aberdeenshire near Methlick.


Join me as we explore the Braes of Gight (pronounced Gith)


We will be following the course of the River Ythan and visit the ruin of the Castle Gight


Our first stop is in the village of Methlick. This is the parish church and war memorial




I wanted to visit the ruin of the Old Parish Church


It was built in the late 18th century (1780) on flat land close to a small river.


The church is surrounded by a walled rectangular graveyard 


The old church closed in 1866 when the new church opened. 





More from Methlick...
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#96256 - 04/18/19 02:32 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's leave the rural village of Methlick and head to the Braes of Gight




We head into Gight Woods along a good walking track





Our walk takes us through farmland and forest on the banks of the River Ythan 




Farmhouses in the distance


Some of the dense forest


Through the trees - the River Ythan





Beautiful views...
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#96257 - 04/19/19 03:03 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking in the Braes O' Gight


Looking up a brae (a brae is a hill)


Spring is making its presence felt


A bridge over the Ythan This bridge is known as Waterloo Bridge.

The River Ythan.


It flows south-eastwards from its origin in Ythanwells through the towns of Fyvie, Methlick and Ellon before flowing into the North Sea near Newburgh


Let's enjoy the scenery...








This milestone indicates the distance the stately home of Haddo House. The inscription reads HH 4


The valley...
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#96258 - 04/20/19 02:50 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are heading into one of the valleys through which the River Ythan flows...

We pass some rocky outcrops on the way


These green fields are home to some sheep


We are heading along this valley. It was amusing to see the little lambs gambolling in between feeds


Granite gateposts mark the entrance to this piece of land


We begin to head uphill again


as the path takes us through a wooded area




This is a popular area for walkers


We continue to climb



Our rewards - splendid views and a surprise...
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