Walks Blog – Jul 2021

Braes Of Morven …
Climbing Roar Hill, one of the lower hills on the slopes of mighty Morven this afternoon … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3ifzQc4 , 31st July, 2021

Bees Behaving Badly …!
Experimenting with close ups this afternoon, the busy bees didn’t want to stay still long enough for a clear shot … 💙
[A poor photographer blames her subjects!] … 😉🐝😆
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3idv4vJ , 30th July, 2021

Chill Time …!
After a day of sightseeing and walking……a wee beer in the garden, taking in the glorious views and making new feline friends … 💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3BBmcYm , 24th July, 2021

For It’s Up With The Bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee …
At lunch-time today, we thoroughly enjoyed a captivating insight into the history of Dundee, courtesy of Dundee Waterfront Walks. Thanks to our guide, Alastair, for his friendly, knowledgeable, humorous, enthusiastic and humane run through the varied life and times of the most vibrant and go-ahead city in Scotland …! 💙😊
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3BzAQiJ , 24th July, 2021

Battling Up Falkland’s Hill …!
Falkland was on today’s agenda. The town, the palace and it’s glorious gardens.💙😊Earlier, we climbed East Lomond hill. Misty, hot and humid – and a short, steep incline – made for a brutal ascent. I’m currently in recovery … 😬😂
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2UMGYn4 , 23rd July, 2021

Ambling Around Balmerino Abbey …
Walking a route on the north Fife coastal path yesterday afternoon, we explored pretty Balmerino and it’s ancient abbey … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3rAdKEe , 23rd July, 2021

Baking Hot In Balmerino …!
Today, Balmerino … #walking #hiking #fifecoastalpath #balmerino #balmerinoabbey #fife #lovefife
Alison’s Twitter post: bit.ly/3iBffO7 , 22nd July, 2021

Nice Day In Newport (On Tay ) …
A very warm – literally – welcome for our stay on the north Fife coast … 💙🥵😂
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3eGVvrq , 21st July, 2021

Walk (160) Aboyne-River Dee-Bell Wood-Belwade Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very varied circuit, never far from the River Dee. From the centre of Aboyne, the route takes an extended wander downstream along the banks of the river. Passing a fishers’ hut, the route then heads away from the river, making for the mature conifers of Bell Wood on the eastern outskirts of the village. On leaving the forest, the route takes an amble around the southern perimeter of Belwade Farm before passing through the equine centre onto an open track with excellent views of the Deeside valley and surrounding hills … 😊
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3kLcf4L , 19th July, 2021

Hot For Horses …
26C temperatures made for hot walking weather today. The beauties at World Horse Welfare’s Belwade Farm were enjoying the cooling breeze, as were we … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2URsPVE , 17th July, 2021

A New Car Trip For Us …!
Heading home from a trip to Edinburgh today we made a quick stop off in Fettercairn. Always a delight … 💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3ifc9PN , 15th July, 2021

A Sunny Outlook …
Out on the bike after work, taking in the views from the top of Hill of Airlie … 💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3z0Z2s3 , 14th July, 2021

Walk (159) Potarch-Shooting Greens-Slewdrum Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This walk provides a fairly gentle excursion into the Deeside countryside with good open views at many points. Much of the route is on the Deeside Way path and cycle-way, in parallel with the Old Military Road. This provides a gentle, but relentless, ascent for the outward leg before circling Muckle Ord hill in Slewdrum Forest, where there is a good viewpoint over the River Dee … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3r0KVAs , 12th July, 2021

Good Timing …!
The storm clouds gathered ominously as we walked a long route at Potarch earlier. The rain held off, though, till we were safely back at the car … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3jZaCzU , 10th July, 2021

A Scottish Summer …?
An overcast and showery week – familiar July weather in this part of the world! – but the wild flowers don’t mind … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3hul3tr , 9th July, 2021

Walk (158) Cambus O’May-Torphantrick Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is a gentle little walk in mature woodland, to the east of Ballater, with the return route taking a scenic fishers’ path along the southern bank of the River Dee. Some areas in Torphantrick Wood have recently been felled, but this helps to give the walk a more open feel. Of course, the main event is undoubtedly crossing the handsome white-painted Cambus O’May iron suspension bridge, built in the Edwardian era to replace a row-boat ferry … 😀

Cambus O’May/Muir of Dinnet Duo …
An easy walk at Torphantrick Woods this morning preceded a trek to Loch Kinord to catch the water lilies in bloom … 💙🙂
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3qLNhmo , 3rd July, 2021

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