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The lying and cheating
Were in no way refrained
We dropped by the Cairngorms
Where Santa does graze
His magical reindeer
When its not Christmas days
And to finish our venture
An old steam train trip
Through snow dusted Scotland
With mulled wine to sip
A time like none other
Our Christmas was great
But we all missed our families
On that 25th date
*Most Photo credit to the lovely ...
We are staying in Dufftown, Banffshire. The town is between Mortlach and Craighellachie.
There is certainly a Canadian connection. Sir Mount Stephen was born here. He was one of the Scots who funded the CPR giving names to towns across Canada. They were either homesick Scots or didin't have any imagination! ....Interesting facts, Mortlach here is twinned ...
... on this fine North Eastern tour
was the fishing port of Lossiemouth. It’s a marvelous little village built on
the fishing grounds that used to provide its income. It has seen its share of
tragedy as has most fishing villages. Most notable is the Stotfield disaster on
Christmas Day 1806. The upshot of this was that the village of Stotfield west
of Lossiemouth was left with 17 widows, 47 orphaned children and 2 old men. It
never recovered. Of note in ...
... in Ireland and Bushmills in Northern Ireland. Now that I am in the Scottish Highlands there are a plethora of single malt distilleries to choose from.
While on the Isle of Skye we visit the Talisker Distillery. Like other distillers in this western island region, their whisky has a very distinctive peat flavor. Being in a bay along the coastline, their peat is ...
... the very strong wind I struggle to maintain more than about 30 mph.
The wind and snow are battering against me like bullets from a gun. As I head around the edge of the mountain my visor is covered in snow and my view of the road ahead is a total blur. Take my hands off the steering and the bike will just about be blown sideways across this white road and so the only way to clean my visor is to pull over and stop.
With the howling ...