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Chapter Three – A Walk in the Highlands

Location: Scotland

We expected rain. It didn’t come. So we spent our day walking through the Scottish Highlands.

It’s been a really great day – we are blissfully tired. After a lovely breakfast at our B&B we walked on the trail along the river Spey two and a half miles to the town of Aberlour.

This old railroad bed trail was flat and beautiful. imageAlong the way the sights included beautiful old bridges, old railroad tunnels, fly fishermen and an ultra marathon- a special treat to cheer these athletes on.image

On arrival in Aberlour we did a whisky tasting at the Aberlour Distillery and then begin to climb up into the highlands. Our goal was to walk four and a half miles to Dufftown.

The trail began as a paved road and then became a gravel road and eventually a gravel path and then a barely visible trail tromp through a cow pasture. We climbed up through forests and fields of heather imagebefore the grassy descent into Dufftown. Only once did we lose our way. Backtracking we found the trail again.

Arriving in Dufftown we walked another half mile to Glenfiddich Distillery where we devoured a delicious late lunch with lots of whisky tastings.image

Seven and a half miles was enough so we took the bus back to Craigellachie. But then to complete our walk in the highlands we walked another half mile to visit the historic Fiddich Side Inn, a lovely little riverside inn with a teeny little bar about 150 square feet with an ancient owner/bartender who celebrated his 87th imagebirthday yesterday.

There were only 6 stools in the bar and four of themimage were occupied so we joined the locals for one last dram of the day and wished the proprietor a happy birthday.

What a wonderful, fully Scottish day. A bonnie day to be sure.

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