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GRA - Ballochbuie (BB) Walk
Sat 28th May 2011
organised by Grampian Scotland

Car Count : 7
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Despite a wee hiccup when we thought the start would be delayed, we did in fact set off on time as planned. 7 jolly campers, ok MX5's, set off to Royal Deeside with the hope that our sunny weather would last the day. Marty had reliably informed us that snow was not on the cards which was a good sign.

Malcolm led us along some rather nice roads as we headed to the walk car park at Keiloch. The later part of the run was along the South Deeside Road, very familiar but also very enjoyable. 

At the car park we peed, payed and donned our boots. It remained dry for a good bit then the hail stones started. By the time we got waterproofs on it stopped. Typical! The walk itself was though a lovely Scots Pine forest and we were given the opportunity to see lots of deer on route.

One highlight of the walk was a rather spectacular waterfall which we glimpsed shorty before arriving at our lunch stop at the Royal sitooterie! A rather cute wee shortbread tin log cabin with a balcony and long bench made for a welcome resting place for us to tuck into our pieces.

Lunch scoffed we headed back down hill to the carpark where the sun managed to pop out again so we could head off topless. Another set of fine roads took us to Aboyne where we stopped for a fly and a funcy piece.

Our merry band was down to 4 cars when we left Aboyne and we headed back along the South Deeside Road and this time we spotted a buzzard hovering above. Lovely to drive under it and watch him fly about. The benefits of topless driving I guess.

Apart from being held up by a very slow campervan driver and a slow car behind him, we had a lovely trip home and ended up in Banchory for a cappy. Seemed a fitting finale to what turned out to be a great day out.

Thanks come again!

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