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    Highland Contemplations 2010

    We had a few really nice days travelling in Scotland.

    Some amazing beaches, no wonder the travel bods
    have been nicking photographs of Scotland's Beaches
    to sell their foreign holidays.





    Some of them are sensational.

    I can back that statement up with photographs
    I will place on here as time passes.


    Did I mention those Jock Ducks as well?





    Totally "Quackers," stopping the traffic and all sorts.


    Plenty of boats.



    The mountain ranges and lochs we came across were beautiful.




    Sensational might just be a better and more appropriate word.


    Many a time we were taken aback and so impressed by the beauty associated
    with areas we didn't visit before.


    It was wonderful to soak it all up.
    All the women take their blouses off
    And the men all dance on the polka dots
    It's closing time !

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    Great stuff mate and may I pass on my best wishes to you and Flobo on your wedding anniversary. May there be many, many more wonderful years together!

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    did you go for a swim on those beaches ?

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    Plenty of wild-life too.

    Quite surprising the number of people we spoke with
    who had never seen a Deer or Stag.





    Like last year, we spotted some real beauties.

    We have some nice photographs to show as well.


    Pity about one Stag.

    He was a real 'Monarch of The Glen'.

    He came striding out of a wooded area (Scot's Pine) and strolled down towards the road.


    I stopped the car, both Flobo and myself were turning on the cameras when something really spooked him.

    He turned back towards the forest and bellowed loudly,
    his breath forming a cloud of sheer arrogance as he
    walked into the cover of the trees. He rippled with muscle.

    A Titan of a specimen.

    The Antlers were impressive and grand to say the least.

    We didn't get him on film, but we have some other good ones to show.


    We stayed in some nice hotels, some basic.






    But still very nice.


    Others like this one were outstanding.





    Well the need for something like this on a 44th Wedding Anniversary
    is obviously an added bonus of sheer beauty.




    Flobo loved it.



    Looking over Greshornish Loch.


    An outstanding House.



    Greshornish House occupies a secluded loch side site, surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and wooded grounds, between Portree and Dunvegan Castle. The oldest part of the house was built c.1740, but Dr Johnson, in 1773, deemed the accommodation unsuitable at that time. How things change! By the mid-19th century, the house was the home of Kenneth Macleod, a wealthy and influential landlord who cared deeply about the welfare of his cotters and did much to improve the comfort of his home. This was fondly remembered a century later by Otta Swire as, "a typical Skye manor house: low and white, well guarded from storms by a belt of thick trees, its front door is always open as is the hospitable tradition of the island, ... and the view from its windows are unsurpassed. It is also properly furnished with a haunted room and a ghost".
    Today, Greshornish House offers excellent food and is an ideal place from which to enjoy the peace, tranquillity and gentle pace of island life, and from which to explore the whole island.
    A wise man once said: "Skye is not a place, but an intoxication".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Great stuff mate and may I pass on my best wishes to you and Flobo on your wedding anniversary. May there be many, many more wonderful years together!

    Thanks very much LT.

    Nice that, and really appreciated by both of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    did you go for a swim on those beaches ?


    I forgot my trunks.



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    Depending where we stopped and time of day,
    we varied our intake of food in accordance of
    whatever was available.





    Some was simple standard 'bar or pub' traditional best sellers.


    But in places like Greshornish the culinary expertise
    was an outstanding part of the holiday.




    I'm sure Michael Winner would have been totally
    satisfied with these types of venues.

    Greshornish especially would have satisfied Royalty.

    Once I get the thread running I'll post some menu pages and additional outstanding food photographs.

    I won't mention the weight gain.


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    There are numerous outstanding and really
    spectacular views and landscapes to show.





    We had some great weather too.

    Of course we saw a little rain, and some extremely
    strong winds one day in particular.


    But for the time of year it was brilliant.

    No complaints at all.




    I thought this would be of interest to Happyman.


    Nice little 'Crofters Type Cottage' on Skye.

    The phone number is there as well.





    Just think of all the Salmon Fishing five hundred yards down the road.

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    We also looked for and came across some
    really wild and dangerous places here and there.




    You wouldn't want to be walking round these
    places after sun down especially.




    This young Bull was really grumpy looking too.

    I was glad he wasn't sporting horns, I can tell you.

    Many of them are just wandering about the fields
    and valleys, nonchalant but at the same time looking like they
    might just get pretty mad with you.

    The Land-Rover by the way, was brilliant throughout.




    An outstanding motor vehicle in every aspect.



    Flobo was equally pleased with the performance throughout as well as the comfort.



    Well plenty more to post on this thread.

    Hope it's enjoyable to you guys.

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    Had me crying nostalgic tears, outstanding pics, took me back to my younger days trecking around the highlands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnwadrick View Post
    Had me crying nostalgic tears, outstanding pics, took me back to my younger days trecking around the highlands


    Nice to know it's stirring the emotions and giving enjoyment Carnwadrick.


    To those members who have sent the anniversary wishes and complimented the thread, thanks a lot.

    Really appreciated by myself and Flobo.

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    The first leg of the journey was taking us from Lancashire
    up through the country side skirting the Lake District into
    Glasgow and then moving over towards Peterhead on the
    East Coast of Scotland about 25 miles north of Aberdeen.


    We left quite early, about 7.30 am.



    It could have been earlier, but Flobo took all the back of The Land-Rover up with her luggage.




    We passed through some exceptionally nice countryside in Cumbria on our way
    towards Scotland.



    Plenty of signs of Spring in the air.




    We stopped for breakfast just outside of Glasgow.




    Service areas are never the countries best locations to dine, but it was tasty and certainly filled a gap.

    Nice strong mug of tea, to finish it off.

    We were fuelled up to carry on.




    Then carried on, non-stop to Aberdeen, passed through into the coastal areas just south of Peterhead for approximately 2 pm.

    We had covered about 350 miles.

    It was a pleasant drive.



    It was good to stretch the legs and take a pleasant walk along the sea-front at a small village on the coast.

    Surprising how far you walk, when you are enjoying the scenery
    and talking way.




    We came across some superb areas of coast line
    with exceptionally nice beaches.

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    Some really nice cottages along the coastal areas.




    The Sand Hills were impressive too.





    They are a natural barrier once they become firmly
    established like these have become.





    It was a very neat area.


    Cruden Bay, the above location.

    We spent the first night at the Kilmarnock Hotel at Cruden Bay.

    The main village is Whinnyfold, a very attractive place all round.


    Quite a nice venue.

    Well presented and maintained.




    The food was exceptionally good.

    Interesting to note that Bram Stoker also stayed here.

    Amazing really, I appear to be following him around. (The Royal at Whitby rings a bell)



    Kilmarnock Arms Hotel, Bridge Street, Peterhead
    Welcome to the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel
    Situated in the centre of the coastal village of
    Cruden Bay and only 800 metres from the
    world renowned Cruden Bay ...


    The above link is extremely interesting.




    The Excessive drift-wood here is too.



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    Amazing how much there was to see in this short area of coastline.




    The Bibby Sapphire.


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    Bibby Sapphire delivered to Volstad Maritime - Offshore Shipping ...

    18 Aug 2005 ... Aker Langsten in Norway has handed over the first example of a a new Skipsteknisk design - the ST-253 L - named Bibby Sapphire, to Norwegian ...
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    Interesting what you come across.



    Then at Buchan along the coast, the cliff's were outstanding.






    Really spectacular. It was quite windy too,
    so we had to be very careful in obtaining
    the photographs.




    Outstanding.


    These are known as The Bullers of Buchan.





    The different species of Sea Birds was amazing.




    It's a really nice feeling to be so close to
    places of this nature and the life that keeps
    it company.




    That's really special.




    Nice to watch the birds flying in and out of the caves.


    It was a bit dodgy walking out along the cliff ridges though.



    Still it enabled me to get the photographs I wanted.

    Quite enjoyed it too.

    Got 'rail-roaded' off Flobo though.



    I had to get down real low to get these over the edge snaps.



    Worth it though.




    Some of these views in all honesty were quite staggering.

    I've done my best to capture the raw beauty as it appeared.

    Spectacular.


    Worth noting that the photographs take on a
    whole new image if viewed on full screen size.

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    Caught sight of this Trawler pulling into the
    harbour at Peterhead, Trawler's there being
    the initital reason for us making
    Peterhead our first Port of Call so to speak.






    The Evening Star.


    The only information I could find on this Trawler,
    was somewhat concerning.






    Marine Accident Investigation: Search results

    Synopsis The fishing vessel Evening Star foundered some 26 miles east of ... of Helford 03/10/07 Emerald Star (No 23/2006) Beam Trawler Emerald Star making ...
    www.maib.gov.uk/search_results.cfm?...myStartRow... - Cached

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    wonderful photo's..... beautiful unspoilt countryside !! I am home at the moment and can't wait to get out and about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Well the need for something like this on a 44th Wedding Anniversary is obviously an added bonus of sheer beauty.
    44 years eh...well that's worth congratulating...

    forgive me if i repost a pic of you two taken from one of your other threads, because we have some newer members who might not know who you are...

    (Mai Sot thoughts)

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    Thanks Thungsongsausage and Klongmaster.

    Appreciated.

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    One Man and His Dog.




    He looks the part.


    It's quite amazing the variations in folk
    you come across where-ever you may be,
    who are obviously real 'characters'




    Flobo was taking this photograph of
    The Trawler at Peterhead and the
    Fisherman took a real stance of pure importance.





    Some things in life are very special.

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    I've always considered these Trawler- men to be special.

    It's a hell of a job going into those waters to the north of Britain especially.



    They never seem to stop working either.


    Always plenty going on in these 'Trawler Fishing Ports'





    The Seals seem to know what it's all about.


    This fellow will be calling at the 'Chippy' next to add
    to the treats from The Trawlers.


    His true size is not so apparent on this photograph,
    but he was a very large specimen.




    This was a large Trawler arriving in the Port.

    Ventura 11 BF326,

    Some piece of equipment.

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    Most of the coastline around the north east
    section appeared to be associated with
    Trawler Fishing at least.






    MacDuff Harbour. Superb place.

    These harbour walls must have taken some constructiong as well.

    A mammoth task in so many places around our coast line.

    What an amazing coast-line we have.


    So much life, to say nothing of the history
    combined with sweat, blood and tears attached
    to so many places.

    It's all so very, very special and quite wonderful.

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    What a fantastic looking building/home this was as well.





    It looked like it belonged in a 'fairy-tale;

    An amazing building.


    Coast lines too, of this calibre.





    At times we were really taken by surprise and quite astonished at
    the beautiful scenes before us.

    Amazing Country indeed is Scotland.

    Wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Originally Posted by baldrick View Post did you go for a swim on those beaches

    You jump in Baldrick trunks on no trunks you won,t breed again

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    We called into what appeared to be
    a standard type of hotel on the coast,
    The Seafield Arms at Cullen.





    They were advertising lunches and snacks,
    it was about that time of day.

    The interior was beautiful.



    Nice reception area.

    The Bar area was really plush and extremely comfortable.



    We had a nice meal, large pot of tea for two,
    the bill was very reasonable.

    We both enjoyed a roast pork lunch with vegetables and trimmings

    Exceptionally nice meal.




    Nice little town is Cullen.

    Well presented and really welcoming.


    There are numerous light-houses along the coasts of Britain.

    The majority nowadays are of course not manned,
    they are kept in working order via Computer Link Ups,
    electricity and modern technology in general.



    The Buchan Ness Light-House at Boddam.

    I found this bit of interesting information here:-


    In 1819 petitions were made to erect a lighthouse on Buchan Ness. Robert Stevenson, Engineer of the Lighthouse Board surveyed the area and it was built by 1827.
    In 1907 a broad red band was painted on the tower to distinguish it for seafarers by day.

    During the World War a drifting mine was washed ashore and exploded some 50 yards from the lighthouse. No one was injured but 3 lantern panes were cracked, 12 other panes of glass were broken in the tower, engine room and cottages. Part of the ceilings of the kitchen and one bedroom of the first assistants house collapsed and locks, hinges and the bolts of four doors were damaged. 20 slates came off the storehouse roof.

    In 1910 the light was altered to dioptric, and the lantern power increased from 6500 to 786000 candlepower. In 1978 it was converted to electricity, and in 1988 it was automated.

    There are 166 steps to the top of the tower.

    Quite a rocky coast line around this section.




    The Light-Houses give protection to the boats and sailors.

    The buildings themselves now appear to
    have cottages attached with luxurious
    self contained services to be let out to tourists.


    Interesting link here:-

    Holiday Scotland lighthouse sea views Boddam Aberdeen Buchan Ness
    Now think comfort and luxury and you're on your way to a Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holiday. With the breathtaking scenery of one of Scotlands best kept secrets ...
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    Just noticed the size of the nets on this Trawler.






    You'd catch some fish in those beauties.

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    Aren't we lucky living here!





    Where else on the planet would you find a trike
    in as good a condition as this obviously is,
    parked up in a field of turnips?




    I'd have liked to have placed a
    four poster bed all made up fancy like next to that.



    Magic.



    We came across some outstanding rock formations.





    This one looked good by the stoned rock launching slip-way.

    Amazing what you see as well.

    I'd parked up on a cliff top and was wandering
    about taking a few photographs.


    Came across a motorcycle from Holland
    (plates denoting country of registration).


    Thought it somewhat peculiar.

    Then about a half mile or so towards another light-house, there was a
    route down to a quiet cove and there were two guys hanging about by the
    stoned slip-way.

    "Oi ! What you doing there?"






    Excellent place to unload contra-band I thought.


    Or other.


    Whatever's really going on,
    we don't have much idea in any event.

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