Scotland 2015 #11 – slower days around Gardenstown

We’ve enjoyed the slower pace of the past two days. After our ASDA trip yesterday morning at Fraserburgh we headed back to Gardenstown via the beautifully scenic coastal trail – striking coastline and all in beautiful sunshine.

   

   

   
 Getting back around lunchtime we put some salad sandwiches together, walked down a flight of steep steps to the waterfront, where seagulls in their scores were having the best of times and enjoyed an al-fresco lunch. Nice.

  Quiet rest of the day.

Today, after another excellent sleep and leisurely start  we thought we’d do what tourists do in Scotland … visit a distillery. So we did – the Glenlassaugh Distillery about 30 min west near Portsoy. We took the tour. Now – neither of us are really drinkers and I wouldn’t know the difference between a single malt whisky and a “triple malt” (if such a thing exists!). The tour was well worth it, though I’m still none the wiser as to what a single malt is!?!.

  
Time then for lunch. The little cafe we planned to patronise at nearby Banff was closed so we enjoyed lunch up the hill at Banff Springs restaurant. We splurged and thoroughly enjoyed our meal – enhanced by stunning views out to the bay.

Back to Gardenstown for the last time. We head off at sunrise tomorrow morning, to Glasgow. We’ll drive through Cairngorms National Park through much of our 5 hours driving. If this superb weather persists, we should take in some superb views. Eyes on the road, David.

It’s been such a blessing and gift staying these many days in Gardenstown. Dale and I have been blessed over our life together to have stayed at some amazing places. This place is up with the very best – so quiet and picturesque. Almost another world.  

   
To celebrate our delightful time here, pub crawlers that we are (not!) we each had a drink and final chat at the trusty Garden Arms hotel around the corner; four nights out of five 😀

  
Cheers,

David

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