Guest post: “Scotland – Why I love it. Part 3” – by Annette

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Saturday 21 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

This is the third in a mini-series on Scotland. After my own Scottish travel posts from my past, this one is another from our special Guest Writer for this month. Annette, from My Aberdeen Garden, and I are mutual followers, and as a long time resident of Scotland, she offered to share her perspective on life around the north-eastern area of Scotland that is Aberdeen. Enjoy…. SPIKE

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Roaming in Scotland

One thing Scotland has plenty of is good walking country. You can walk by the sea, along rivers, across fields, through forests or, if you are a glutton for punishment, up hills and mountains.

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WOODS IN PERTHSHIRE

WOODS IN PERTHSHIRE

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Scotland has the most wonderful legislation providing people with ‘The Right to Roam‘. This gives you free access to most public land and waterways.

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IT'S NOT JUST THE SHEEP IN SCOTLAND THAT HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ROAM

IT’S NOT JUST THE SHEEP IN SCOTLAND THAT HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ROAM

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There are a few exclusions such as private houses and gardens, military bases and airfields, but who would want to be roaming in a military base anyway! My son and his friends used to take full advantage of this, often floating down the River Dee in a rubber dingy, much to the annoyance of the fishermen standing on the banks trying their best to catch that elusive salmon. It didn’t put them off though.

There are, however, a few landowners who don’t seem to have heard of this law. They make it quite difficult for you to follow that footpath that is clearly marked on the map. They securely tie up gates and put barbed wire fences across the path, but usually that just makes the walk a lot more interesting with a little extra roaming involved to get around the barrier.

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Heather-2

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You do also need to be careful at certain times of the year, such as after the ‘Glorious 12th (August)’ when grouse shooting starts, but the rather loud bangs should give sufficient warning that you need to find another route.

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Red Grouse (May 2008)

IMAGE CREDIT: ALISTAIR YOUNG

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Scolty Hill Walk

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We like to take our visitors west from Aberdeen along the Dee valley to Banchory to engage in a little light hill walking up Scolty Hill. This walk only lasts about an hour so is suitable for our more mature guests.

It starts in woodland. . .

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Scolty-trees

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with all its delights,

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FLY AGARIC TOADSTOOL

FLY AGARIC TOADSTOOL

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THE LICHEN GROWING ON THE TREES SHOWS YOU HOW CLEAN THE AIR IS

LICHEN ON THE TREES SHOWS YOU HOW CLEAN THE AIR IS

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and opens out to the hilltop with its wonderful views of the countryside.

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Scolty view 1

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At the top of the hill you can stretch yourself even further by climbing a spiral staircase up a tall tower. It is worth making the effort for the wonderful views from the top.

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Scolty view 2

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Here you are looking east from the top of Scolty Hill. You can just make out the River Dee winding its way to the sea. (Magnifying glasses provided on request!)

After climbing back down there is a lovely cuppa waiting for us in Banchory… . . .

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(to be continued next week in my final instalment)

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written by: ANNETTE

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ScreenshotI’m Annette, a keen gardener, traveller and blogger living in Aberdeen, Scotland. I have lived in my garden, well not literally you understand, since 1987 with my husband, aka The Traveller, and my three children.

I have always loved gardening but in the early days there were always things getting in the way: Mums and toddlers, gymnastics classes, school shows, taxi runs, you get the picture. Now my children are all grown up and I have recently retired so I have lots of lovely time to tend to my garden and to write my blog. I am also interested in photography so hopefully you will see my photos improve as my blog matures, rather than deteriorate as I mature!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this third in the mini-series on my perspective of life in the Aberdeen area.

Annette

You can visit my blog at https://myaberdeengarden.wordpress.com

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3 thoughts on “Guest post: “Scotland – Why I love it. Part 3” – by Annette

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