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#96280 - 05/11/19 03:26 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We continue out ramble on Finzean Estate in Aberdeenshire...

There is ample evidence of forestry work going on


Lots of tree felling has been going on


The consolation is the view




By the side of the track we come upon some farm equipment





Ready for winter!


Aww.. A mother hen and her chicks


One of the estate houses


A good supply of wood for the log burner


A but 'n ben...
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#96281 - 05/12/19 03:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The start of another week! Where is the time going I ask my myself as this last week has flown by. I hope you had a good week and achieved all that you had hoped to achieve and that you gave had a restful and peaceful weekend.
We are continuing our travels around Finzean (pronounced Fing-an) Estate...

A but 'n ben on the estate


Scots pines against a cloudless sky






Despite being surrounded by hills, the estate is fairly flat


A quarry




One of the larger houses


We are beginning to head back towards the stables





Thus weeks Sunday Snaps of photos from around Scotland can be found here
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48227687

The stables and the "big hoose"...
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#96282 - 05/13/19 03:19 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are come to the end of our walk through part of Finzean Estate as we approach the stables...



The views are magnificent




This is the "big hoose" or big house.


Looking towards the drive way to Finzean House, the big house


Finzean House was the family home of Joseph Farquharson, the Victorian landscape painter


The garden was the backdrop for several of his paintings.




Magnificent views to Clachnaben and Glen Dye




I hope you enjoyed this series of posts about Finzean Estate. If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit.

Glen Tanar, set in Scotland's spectacular Cairngorms National Park in Royal Deeside..
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#96283 - 05/14/19 02:14 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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For our trip out in the van this week we are heading to Glen Tanar in Scotland's spectacular Cairngorms National Park in Royal Deeside..



It was the Mayday holiday so the carpark was busy


Glen Tanar is famed for its pine forests


The Water of Tanar runs through the glen




The bridge over the water to the visitor centre


A view to the hills


The visitor centre





A colourful copper beach at the bridge


Let's get going...


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#96284 - 05/15/19 03:20 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are in Glen Tanar which stretches across 25,000 acres of Caledonian pine forests, heather-clad hills and fertile farmland, Glen Tanar Estate is situated in Royal Deeside...

There are several walking trails. We'll be following the green one, the Pines Trail


Leaving the bridge and visitor centre we hit the trail




The trail us well-named - pine trees are everywhere


This is a turbine, water from the stream was used to provide electricity to a small chapel and the estate house.


An old mill wheel


The track is very rough due to the effects of the 2014 flooding




One of the estate houses




Walking by the Water of Tanar...


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#96285 - 05/16/19 03:15 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Home to Scotland’s most easterly Munro, Mount Keen, as well as the tumbling Water of Tanar and the River Dee, Glen Tanar is in the east of the Cairngorms National Park and includes a large National Nature Reserve.

We are walking by the Water of Tanar...





Part of the glen stretches ahead




This provides a walkway across the water to the big house


We are heading towards the pine forests


We follow the water


The pine-covered slopes


Another bridge




The trout loch and boathouse...
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#96286 - 05/17/19 02:33 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Glen Tanar, along with the side glens formed by the Water of Gairney and the Water of Allachy, comprises the third largest area of Caledonian Forest in Scotland, which grows from the valley floor up to an altitude of 450 metres. As a Caledonian Forest, the predominant tree species is Scots pine..

The trout lake and boathouse








It would have been great to have spotted one of these


The track leads us through the pines


Some pines set against the blue sky


An engraved stone


Notice the pine-covered hill in the distance


We are never far from the Water of Tanar


Lunch at the waterside...



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#96287 - 05/18/19 03:22 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Timber has been extracted from the woodlands at Glen Tanar for at least 250 years, with the earliest record of a sawmill dating from 1732. The rate of felling increased during the Victorian period, and this, combined with an increase in deer and livestock numbers on the estate, hampered the natural regeneration of the forest. 

Let's have a break for some lunch at the side if the water


The site of a bridge long gone in some floods


Looking upstream


Mmmm


A now ruined tractor and fuel store


The former fuel pump


Time to move on


The old pine


Yet another bridge




The pine forests stretch for miles and miles...


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#96288 - 05/19/19 03:23 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope that you had a good weekend. After a fine spell if warm weather from midweek, the rain returned to NE Scotland on Saturday. It was s good excuse to put the feet up and watch some sport.
On a positive side the rain helped dampen two wildfires that were burning further north.

Back in Glen Tanar...
It is good to see the pine forests stretch out in Glen Tanar.

The scent of pine is definitely in the air...









The Water of Tanar is never far away from our trail






In 2014 there was extensive flooding in Deeside with rivers overflowing and towns badly affected. Here we see evidence of the flooding in this part of the glen...



The Water of Tanar was displaced by the rocks carried downstream


Trees were uprooted


This weeks "Sunday Snaps" can be found here on the BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48309142

Damage and debris from the downpour...
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#96289 - 05/20/19 02:31 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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More evidence of the flood damage..


Fences destroyed


Trail paths disappeared overnight





We are well into the return leg of our walk...



New pine cones begin to emerge


We cross the final bridge on the trail for today


Evidence of the forestry work





Well, well...
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