Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome to the first blog of 2019 and a Happy New Year to all our guests, readers and followers.  Hope that you had a lovely time over the festive period and are looking forward to 2019 and all that it will bring.

Already into the second week in January and I can see a difference in the days – they are staying lighter for slightly longer in the evenings now.  It has been great to be able to get out for the occasional walk over the festive period – we are so lucky to have so many wonderful beaches and walks all within a short distance from the Bothy.  No matter the weather, there is something nice about getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.  We always like to enjoy a hot drink afterwards, whether that is in our campervan or in front of the wood burning stove at this time of year.

It’s that time of year when we also start to get enquiries for spring and summer from those looking ahead to better weather, and summer holidays.  We look forward to welcoming you back, and also welcoming new visitors who will hopefully get to enjoy all that this great area offers.

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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019!

We would just like to wish all our guests and followers a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for 2019!

Thank you so much as always for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.

With best wishes for the festive season.

Jim & Martha

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Christmas Festivities!

With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, there is still lots of great events taking place throughout the city for you to enjoy the festivities!  The Christmas Village which is located in Broad Street is on until the 31st December.  Pop into Marischal College to enjoy a bite to eat and purchase some presents – open from Thursday this week until Sunday.

Another great thing to try and spot around the city is the 12 totem pole sculptures.  They represent The Twelve Days of Christmas and are located across the city.  These have been created by chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand and finding them is great fun for all the family!

You will maybe have noticed the Crafters Roadshow which is located in Union Square – head over to check out the wonderful local talent that is being showcased and finish your Christmas Shopping.

And for those that love a trip to the Panto – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on at His Majesty’s Theatre until the 6th January.

There is lots going on for everyone to enjoy!

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Balmedie Beach

For those that follow my blog, you will know that one of my favourite beaches is Balmedie Beach and this is where this picture was taken.  This wonderful beach is only about 10 miles from the Bothy and is just such a fantastic beach to take a wander along.

Balmedie has won Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award Rural status for its cleanliness, quality of facilities and excellent management.  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 dog walking, taking the kids to run about and play or for just having a stroll along!

Whether it is winter or summer, nothing beats getting outside for a walk along this wonderful beach, especially on a nice sunny day like today!

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Cove

I love this picture which was taken on a nice sunny day on a visit to Cove. We have visited lots of wonderful villages and towns along the Coastal Route and Cove Bay is just beautiful!  Situated about 5 miles outside Aberdeen, it is definitely worth a visit.

The village of Cove appeared during the fishing industry and many of the fishing boats berthed on the shingle beach here which is nestled between the rocks. In 1878, the piers and backwater were built and fishing continued until around 1918. Today, only a few boats remain in the harbour.

When you drive down towards the harbour, you will see Cove Bay Hotel.  Take a right at the hotel and follow the road right down and over the bridge.  You can park here and walk down to the harbour and the Bay from here.

It is a beautiful place and certainly well worthy of a visit! Why not take a stroll along the harbour, take in the views and then head on back up the hill to Cove Bay Hotel for a drink and bite to eat!

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Christmas Fayres

Christmas Fayre time is here!  As it is fast approaching that time of year again, I was having a look to see when our local Christmas Fayres were taking place.  Pitmedden School Fayre is on Friday 23rd November between 6.00-8.00pm.  There will be lots of lovely stalls, Christmas raffles, tombola, face painting and photo booth to name a few things!

Udny Green Primary School Fayre will also be hosting their Christmas Fayre too and will be taking place this Friday from 6.30-8.30pm.  Again, there will be lots of lovely stalls, Christmas raffles, home bakes and Santa’s Groto.

These are great events to head along to, not only to get some lovely Christmas presents but to also support the local schools.  Why not head along and start off your shopping, if you have not already done so!

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The Colours of Autumn

A few weekends ago we spent a night in Pitlochry and had a walk around Faskally Loch on the Saturday and it was just beautiful!  The loch was so still and the leaves were all starting to change to their wonderful golden colours.  The sun was shining and there were hardly any clouds in the sky.

I do love this time of year with all the changing colours.  There is nothing better than getting on the walking boots and going out for a nice long walk and admiring the beauty round about.  We are so lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit and it is always great to come back on a cold day to the warmth of our wood burning stove!

Enjoy those wonderful autumn colours.

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