|Grand Caledonian Tour -
25 September to 9 October
story Margaret Campbell
Day 13 - Thursday 7 October ; Inverness to Aberdeen
home a bit earlier than usual, we headed to Inverness and the
rendezvous point for day 13 where we met up with John Stuart who
joined us for the remainder of the tour.
Heading east out of
Inverness on the B9006 we passed Culloden Battlefield and passing
through Cawdor we eventually joined the A939 which took us over Dava
moor to Grantown on Spey where we stopped at Grantown East station for
a bacon roll.
Joining the A95 after Grantown we followed the
river Spey, passing several distilleries, to Aberlour then Dufftown
where we met with a road closure so had to divert and join the A96 a
few miles to the west of the actual route.
Turning off the A96
onto an unclassified road we cut across to the B9022 and headed north
reaching the coast at Portsoy where we followed the coast road to Banff
and stopped for lunch.
Back on the road we took the B9031 along the
Buchan coast and drove down the narrow winding cliff road to visit the
village of Pennan.
Cutting inland slightly to miss out the town of
Fraserburgh we joined the A90 and headed towards Peterhead and after a
bit of tricky navigation at Boddam we ended up at Buchan Ness
lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Scotland and the last
compass point of our tour where we stopped for a photo.
A good place to stop
From there it
was a relatively short drive over the river Ythan estuary down the A90
and continuing on the new Aberdeen ring road to our overnight stop at
Westhill where we had a wonderful surprise as our daughter and family
had just flown in from Norway and came to see us. We hadn’t seem
them since January 2020.
Day 14, South west to Strathdon, Royal Deeside, Glenshee to Perth