Sunday, 8 September 2019

What we did this summer!

So, I'm going to try to get things going again here and kick off with a review of our most excellent summer holidays!

We headed south to stay in an amazing house right in Braemar that backed on to the river. We' were staying there with my daughter and her family, but we had time to kill before they arrived and we could get access to the house.

Luckily this meant Clare and Beren could enjoy a 26 mile ride around Deeside straight off the over night ferry! The video being in my previous post here.


Loch Knord at the Muir of Dinnet NNR...


Robyn and Adam didn't get to be lazy either. Isla-Rose was given a pass though! We had a nice walk up at Loch Muick near Ballater...


And enjoyed exploring around the Linn of Dee and looking for squirrels and deer.




We had some good runs out and meals out including a very long and hot day trip over to Pitlochry to visit a number of impressive waterfalls like The Black Spout here...


My bike died on the second day and needed a new crankset. Sadly no bike shop in Ballater was able to help, so I hired a bike from The Bothy in Breamar for a ride with Clare to the Chest of Dee, another wonderful water feature of the area.





 

To be fair I've lost track of the places we visited and swam, but the Linn of Quioch was another amazing spot for a soak and cool off.

After a week in Braemar we headed back home to see friends and family. I managed to get my bike fixed and fit in a nice ride on the North York Moors in the Osmotherly area with my brother before Clare and I abandoned Beren with his Nana and headed back north with a few night in Fife on the way.

We stopped off at Chain Bridge Honey Farm just off the A1 to see the bees, have a snack and have a walk on the banks of the Tweed and check out the bridge...


Wild strawberries! We had raspberries too...


It seemed to be a mast year for tree nuts...


The next few days were spend at Montrave Wigwams a quiet estate near the Fife coast with nice walking and riding round about.



The reason for Fife, other than it's lovely, is I wanted to do the Elie Chain Walk. A fun looking coastal route involving climbing up and down chain runs.

And our first treat when arriving at Shell Bay where we started was a pod of dolphins just off shore!


This warning sign didn't mention dodgy knees. If it did I'd have ignored it anyway, but I did suffer for some time after this 'walk'.





Columnar jointed basalt...


It was a great bit of fun.


 Another memorable event was our bike ride to Elie for fish and chips. Didn't know we'd pass Robinson Crusoe on the way!
 

It started off so well on quiet roads and old railway track...


But then some local golf course developer was causing issues and chaining all the gates on the old track, so we hit the dunes...


Which got a bit much for Clare's bike. So we hit the beach...


Which was a bit much for both bikes in parts and then we hit the river...


Hitting the pub for fish and chips and a drink was fine though!

Anyhow, there's a flavour of the summer that was. With any luck (weather dependant) I'm off to Orkney in a couple of weeks for some day rides and a few nights in a wigwam at Pickaquoy. My knee's not up to scrabbling about camping really, but we can't let that stop the fun!




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