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Dufftown

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  • Day10

    B & B life

    July 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The home we stayed in last night has been bought four years ago after being left empty for a number of years as it had been the residence of the Vicar of the church next door.
    It is work in progress and only a few rooms are available at a time as others are being done. Even our lovely upstairs corner rooms new ensuite was missing the shower as the plumber had gone to trek the Himalayas.
    Unfortunately! We had to share the shower room downstairs with the very attractive french male guest!
    Our bed was so cosy, as if it wanted to snuggle around you.
    The Breakfast room downstairs is the place where all food inhibitions are thrown aside.
    A beautiful bowl full of fresh strawberries and blueberries preceded cereals, yoghurts, toast, and the main dish of eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom, hash brown and beans, along with juices and hot drinks. Would you like anything else Linda asks!
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  • Day24

    Day 24: Last Long Drive (to Arbroath)

    April 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Woke up and the heavily buttered bread we had left in the garden for the marten or deer hadn't been touched. Lame. So we packed up and took off towards Nairn for a post office, which we couldn't find, so kept driving on towards Elgin. On the way we thought we would stop o Forres and see Brodie Castle, and the Benromach Distillery. Brodie castle came up first and sadly we hadthe open times around the wrong way, Brodie opened at 1030, and the Distillery opened at 930. Anyway, we stopped and immediately found someone who worked there and we peppered him with questions for a while.

    The last laird died in 2003. He knew he didn't have any heirs, so about 20 years before he died, he decided to give his castle and ground to the Scotland trust. The castle was then opened for tours which he himself, being a thespian, loved to be a part of and take people around in his kilt and tell stories of the castle. He lived in the "Laird's Wing", which now contains 14 bedrooms and can be 'hired' by anyone. I think we thought it was too expensive to do that. But in anycase there was an entire wedding party taking up residence athat moment.

    So we had a lovely walk around the grounds and down to the pond. We found a gated memorial or burial plot, hard to tell as the plaques were on the wall surrounding the garden.

    Then to the Distillery. The others had a taster session. I tried one as he said his wife doesn't like whisky but she likes that one. Yeh, nah. The others loved he distillers edition, and two bottles were purchased! I also grabbed a small one for daryl. Before starting he tasting, Alison and I spoke to he girl at the desk who confirmed, if you have been on one tour, you have been on them all. Every Distillery in Scotland makes there whiskey the generally same way.

    From there we headed to Dufftown for food and Glenfiddich. We stopped at a great little place where the food was average. I didn't really CAE too much, but the others weren't too happy. There Was about s gallon of salt in my pie, which I only noticed when I started eating the veggies which weren't salted..

    The chef was a character and a half! He greeted us with a G'day!, that's all he Australian I know. We all said it back and laughed. He was a joker and a funny man who was born here as we're 4 generations before him, that his family know of! He waved across the street and said over there, which he others took literally and found a pub, I googled he hospital and it was almost immediately behind he pub. So I maintain he went lying. He did only say him and his parents were born in the hospital too.

    He was also scathing of Glenfiddich. They do not help the town, and the owner just private choppers in for a couple days a year, then choppers out. They people at the Distillery send tourists elsewhere, so the town doesn't benefit a great deal from it being there. Alison mentioned once we left, that she can kind of understand because the food wasn't great.

    He did recommend a walk and told us the story of the clock tower. It is going to be demolished as the council have no money to keep t running, after they promised when the townspeople voted to allow the council to look after it. There is a new council election coming up and these guys are ut, and the people who say they will keep he tower, are likely in!

    So from Dufftown, only an hour driving from the start of he day, because the sat navigation said we still had two hours to go, we headed down through the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. It was lovely and we climbed quite high, about 1400ft. There was a lot of snow lying around, but was still 8 degrees and definitely no snow going to be added today!

    We drove through Brechin to find Christina Crawford Forrest's house of birth, Muirside of Aldbar, but mother wouldn't listen to me when I said it was on a bend. Instead, as we plugged in 'Aldbar', she was convinced it was Aldbar Castle, or on the grounds. The one ING she got right was about how far out of Brechin it was, but alas, we could have found it but we didn't. So we kept on to Arbroath.

    Mother knew it was down on the water so we made our way down there. There was a pub so we got out for wifi to find the gy and call him maybe. Alison mentioned we we were staying qwih and she seemed to think t was the same guy who owned the pub. So she tried calling him, to no avail. So she went upstairs where the daughter was staying and she came down and gave us a key and let us in. Her parents were apparently away for that time, so I'm Ne sure exactly what he was planning on having us do anyway?! But e got in alright, OT to a supermarket and had a bi lunch so decided for cheese and salami and dips for dinner. This was pretty good!!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Dufftown, Baile Bháinidh, Baile Bhainidh, Дафтаун

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