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The Grand Caledonian Tour was a 15 day tour of Scotland visiting the all 4 points of the compass. 

Heading east out of Inverness

Speyside distillery

Boddam harbour

Buchan Ness Lighthouse

Stop for lunch

sea spray
Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Grand Caledonian Tour - 25 September to 9 October  
story Margaret Campbell

Day 13  - Thursday 7 October ; Inverness to Aberdeen

Leaving 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 
Glenlivet distillery

Buchan Ness

Peterhead harbour
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

Published 31 October 2021