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Apr 16, 2014 - Findochty and Fochabers

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was warm and sunny. Today was dull, cool and windy. The good side, however, was that both were dry! After breakfast and sitting around talking, we set off to explore Findochty. We are told that locally it is pronounced "Finechty" and we discovered a house decorated with a lifebelt with the town name spelled that way. A walk round by the harbour and through a caravan park (campground) to the start of a walking trail where a small bridge crosses a ravine or rift in the rocks. Christine and Rob retraced...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Battle and Castle

Today was a beautiful sunny day. After breakfast we set of for Inverness, eastward along the Moray coast, past the area we had explored yesterday. We stopped at Culloden, the scene of the last battle on British soil. Coincidentally, it was 268 years ago tomorrow that the battle was fought - April 16, 1746. In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie had landed on the west coast of Scotland and rallied a good sized army which marched on England, reaching as far as Derby before starting a slow retreat which ended outside Inverness at Culloden when the Duke...

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Apr 14, 2014 - Exploring West

After breakfast we set off west along the coast, driving through Buckie and on to Spey Bay which is a dolphin watching site. Alas, we saw no dolphins, but did explore the area which is the mouth of the River Spey. We had followed this river on our way up from Kingussie on Saturday. It is the second longest river in Scotland and the fastest flowing. It is famous for the many whisky distilleries that can be traced along its route. We went round the display about dolphins and other cetaceans and chatted with the staff. It was quiet today, but...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Exploring East

We had breakfast in the cottage this morning and prepared sandwiches for lunch. We set off along the coast to the east after exploring the beach behind the cottage. Our first stop was Portknockie where we took a lot of photos of the rock formations and moved on to the Bow Fiddle Rock to the east of Portknockie, a famous arch rock. Our day was spent stopping at small villages which once supported an extensive fishing industry, but generally have fallen into quiet tourist destinations. The houses impressed us with the meticulous care evident...

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Apr 12, 2014 - On to Findochty

We packed the last of our things and went down for breakfast. We all enjoyed different offerings with Rob having poached eggs and toast, Christine porridge and I had muesli and toast. There had been a shower of rain and dark clouds over the Cairngorms but the weather improved as the day progressed, but a bitterly cold wind blew all day. We stopped at Grantown on Spey and walked along the main street for a short while then continued on our way over brown hills dotted with sheep. We arrived at Elgin and parked in a multi-storey car park...

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