Wandering in the Monymusk Estate

Always on the look out for new routes to wander through.  Monymusk is a pretty village on the edge of Monymusk Estate.  Monymusk House sits proudly near the River Don and there was a great walk admiring Bennachie in the background along through the estate and back to the village.

Magical Dunnottar Castle

I’m not going to lie, there are a few castles kicking about up here, but this one is quite special.  A perfect day for a wander from Stonehaven Harbour up the coastal path to the castle and back.  Take a detour to Black Hill war memorial on route and enjoy the views. Its about 4…

Hopeman Bay, Moray

Easter 2017 started with a trip to Hopeman to pick up a VW camper from Moray Firth Campers to head off to do a bit of the NC500.  I never need an excuse to visit this beach as its one of my favourites on the Moray Firth Coast.  These beautifully decorated beach huts are one…

Glen Tanar, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

A day out of the office today to stretch the legs and get the 10,000 steps in, which can be a challenge some days.  Great company and a picnic packed from a take out from spider on a bicycle in Aboyne and we were all set.  There a few walking routes in the Glen Tanar…

Loch Ewe, Wester Ross

A glorious day for exploring round  Loch Ewe and Poolewe and Aultbea and  Rua Reidh Lighthouse.  I have a thing about red rusty buildings and these look beautiful nestled into the landscape contrasting with the blue skies Drawing Saltires in the sky Built in 1912 by David A Stevenson, Rua Reidh Lighthouse, stands at the entrance…

Rubha Nan Sasan, Wester Ross

I am always fascinated to find these desolate places with crumbling pill boxes and WW2 defences.  This was originally built in 1941 and used until 1944 by the Royal Artillery. Its was used a departure point for convoys to Russia. Cove Battery   Aultbea also has a NATO base and large ships and submarines often come…

Mellon Udrigle, Wester Ross

Mellon Udrigle So far, my favourite beach in this corner of the earth.  Crystal clear water and sparking white sand. Astounding views across the Minch to Coigach, the Summer Isles and Assynt. In some ways I am glad we have the climate we do in Scotland otherwise these beaches would be packed and over-run with tourists…

Sunsets over Sands at Gairloch

I have never been much of a happy camper.  I like my comforts too much.  Caravanning and sleeping in the back of a van on a futon is about as low as I go.  I was mentally scarred by a trip to the lake district in a meagre excuse for a tent which has meant…

North Red Point Beach, Wester Ross

I always draw great inspiration from the sea, something about the coast soothe my soul. This beach reminds me of Balmedie beach in Aberdeenshire. After parking in the small car park, its a stroll over the dunes which opens up to the sweeping vista of pebble dotted red sand. I have an immense sense of wonder…

Little Gruinard Beach Wester Ross

The spectacular Sail Mhor (767m) and Sgurr Fiona  1060m (An Teallach)  on route to  Gruinard Bay.  Today I am bagging Monroes through my camera only! I love a beach and this is a belter.  Glorious pink sand as far as the eye can see.  These steps  are welcoming me down. Gruinard Island opposite the bay where scientists…