My Favourite Beach!

It is nice to see the sunshine the last few days and when it is like this, I love nothing more than heading out for a walk along the beach!  I have posted many blogs from Balmedie Beach – it is our nearest beach and it is also my favourite one!  Balmedie is only just over 10 miles from the Bothy and is a wonderful beach to go and have a wander along.

Balmedie is part of the Country Park and is a flat, sandy beach with sand dunes to the rear of the beach.  It has won several Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards.  It has wonderful dunes and a lovely long sandy beach.  It is easily accessible via the wooden boardwalk and there is plenty parking too.  A superb beach for everyone!  Whether that is taking the dog a walk, letting the kids run about or for you just to take in the great outdoors and listen to the sound of the sea.

It has been cold the last few days but nothing beats getting all wrapped up and getting out for a walk along this lovely beach.  A must if you are in or near the area!

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Johnston Gardens

This is a picture of Johnston Gardens which is located just off of Viewfield Road.  It is such a lovely park to have a wee wander around, especially at this time of year when the leaves are all changing colour.  It is also close to the Gordon Highlanders Museum, so it is an ideal place to go after visiting the museum.

It is full of wonderful trees, streams, rockeries and a bridge in the middle.  The garden has won the Britain in Bloom competition and hosts a wonderful selection of plants.  There is also a duck pond where you can sit and watch the ducks while admiring the wonderful plants.

Why not take a visit over the next few days – the weather looks to be nice over the weekend so a great opportunity to get out and enjoy it!

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Christmas Craft Fair at Haddo House

This weekend, Haddo House are hosting their Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am.  For those that like to be organised and plan their Christmas shopping in advance, this is a great opportunity to make a start!  There will be raffles on the day and entry is only £3.00 for adults.

So why not pop along and get into the festive spirit and make a start on that Christmas list!

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Halloween Weekend!

Next week is Halloween and this Sunday, Pitmedden Garden are getting into the spirit with a Halloween Experience! The garden will be all dressed up and there will be some scary characters to keep an eye out for!  This is a day out for everyone and a chance to guise through the Museum of Farming Life or to simply enjoy a nice hot drink with some tasty home baking.

There is a Creepy Garden Trail that visitors can wander along and for those of you who like to dress up and carve pumpkins then there is also a competition for each!

Tickets cost £5.00 per guiser and the day starts at 11.00am.  For more information, check out Pitmedden Garden website.  Have a Spooktacular day!

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A drive to Portknockie!

Last weekend, we decided to head up the coast and took a drive to Portknockie.  It has been a wee while since we last visited and as the weather was so lovely, we decided just to head out for a drive!  This is a fantastic picture of Bow Fiddle Rock that my son captured a few yeas ago – hardly  a cloud in the sky that day too!

Bow Fiddle Rock is a natural sea arch and can be found about 5 minutes from the village of Portknockie.  It is fairly easy to find – we drove through the village and parked the car and then took a walk down the grassy hill towards the cave and the pebble beach.  It is a such beautiful spot and you get superb views of the rock from the beach.

The village of Portknockie lies 2 miles west of Cullen and its history dates back to 1677 when some fisherman decided to move here from Cullen.  They started to work from Portknockie and although it took some time, it eventually quickly grew during the herring boom in the 1800’s.  Towards the end of the 1800’s, as many as 150 fishing boats were based here.

This is such a beautiful spot on the coast and we certainly enjoyed our wee trip on a lovely sunny September day!

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Apple Sunday at Pitmedden Garden

Next Sunday is Apple Sunday at Pitmedden Garden.  This is such a fantastic day out and a great chance for you to buy some of their amazing apples and pears, as well as other local produce.  The day starts at 10.00am and runs until 5.00pm, with live music and entertainment taking place between 11.30-4.30pm.   Normal NTS admission prices apply.

This is an annual event at Pitmedden Garden and one for all the family.  There will be entertainment and live music from acts such as the Ythan Fiddlers, Ugie & Tarves Folk Club to name a few, there will be knitting and woodworkers in the craft marquee as well as mini beast walks with the Ranger and Children’s storytelling for the kids.  As well as all that, there will also be vintage tractors, giant lawn games, bee keeping demonstrations and so much more!

If you are free and in the area and fancy listening to some music or even sampling some of the delicious home baking, why not head along, have some fun and get a bag of some delicious apples and pears!  Check out the NTS Website for usual entry fees and for a full list of what will be taking place!

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Braemar Gathering

Have you ever had the chance to enjoy a day out at a Highland Games?  If the answer is no then a must visit is a trip to Braemar for the Braemar Gathering which is on tomorrow.  This is one of the most famous Highland Games and is such a great day out for all the family.  There will be caber tossing, throwing the hammer, tug of war and Highland dancing to name a few of the events.  And not forgetting some of the finest pipe bands to watch and listen to.  The day starts at 9.30am and normally finishes about 5.00pm.

There have been gatherings at Braemar as far back as King Malcolm Canmore, which was nine hundred years ago.  The Gathering nowadays has been running in its current form since 1832.

The weather forecast looks good for the weekend so why not make the most of it and enjoy a great day out!  Visit the website for more information on tickets, prices and how to get there.

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