Last lap! However our few days around the coast had failed to prepare us for the reality of February in mountains of Aberdeenshire away from the warmth of the sea! There was some frost and ice around at Crathes but there was more snow and more ice as we drove inland. The car park at Tomnaverie was quite icy and half of it was still covered in polished ice. The path up to the circle was clear and easy to
We bumbled gently down the coast from Cruden Bay toward Aberdeen. I had earmarked a large layby beside the Ythan estuary that should have given access to the neighbouring Forvie National Nature Reserve for a walk. We were once again well cross to find that this car park now had a height limit closing off to us GRRRR! Nowhere else handy to park so we pressed on through the middle of Aberdeen looking for the Morrisons store and fuel station
We had a quiet night in Banff and in the morning set out for a walk around the town. Eileen was keen to see what they had in the way of charity shops but we only found two and they were a bit limited. It was a lovely morning with a good light and clear views across the bay. We left Banff at 11:30 and drove east, the plan today was to explore Peterhead, we had been to Fraserburgh in
Bertie has been a bit quiet over the winter and we reckoned the weather had improved enough to let us venture out on a short trip. In March 20127 we had bumbled the coast to Fraserburgh and back but this time we wanted to to a bit further and explore the coast north of Aberdeen. We left Forres at midday, fuelled at Elgin Tesco and then headed for a lunch stop at Kingston at the mouth of the River Spey.