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

Kevin & Anne Bax arrive

Terry Clark new steed

Capri on the Elbow

river in spate through gorge

Glenshee in winter

Perth city centre
Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Grand Caledonian Tour - 25 September to 9 October  
story Margaret Campbell

Day 14  - Friday 8 October ; Aberdeen to Perth

This morning we were joined by Kevin and Anne who had brought their Smart Roadster Coupe as the Jensen Healey was not ready and Terry and Liz who had swapped the Audi for a Tesla S.  

Leaving Aberdeen we headed west on the A944 to Alford then south and west on A980 and B9119 till we hit the B976 South Deeside road turning west again through Ballater and alongside Balmoral Estate to Braemar where we stopped for coffee.  Not with the Queen I might add - she was nowhere to be seen!!  

After our stop we took the A93 south passing the Devil’s Elbow and Glenshee and down into Blairgowrie where we came across another road closure and had to divert to a different road but still ending up in Dunkeld. 

We realised that we had a bit of time in hand as today’s mileage was not overly long so we planned a trip to the museum at Stanley Mills but were disappointed to find it closed, due to Covid.  

Like the more famous Lanark Mills on the River Clyde (Ed host to the start of many CCHMSC events ove rthe years), Stanley Mills dates from the late 1700's when the Industrial Revolution was starting to change the way people lived in Scotland. the oldest parts of the mill buildings are preserved as a museum that tells the story of the people and products that were associated with Stanley Mills in its almost 200 years of productive operation

Stanley Mills
closed when we arrived

Stanley Mills museum

Ready for dinner.

Did someone say the Queen was joining us?
We then took a slight diversion and went to Bankfoot for a bite to eat and a little retail therapy.  Leaving Bankfoot we were soon back on route through Pitcairngreen and Almondbank and into Perth for our last overnight stop.


 Day 15 Final day. Through the Kingdom of Fife & the Ochil hills to North Queensferry 

Published 1 November 2021