This year was the year my family grew another branch. My blog took a back seat for most of the year whilst I adjusted to life as a mother to two. And so I’m ending this year with a number of posts still swirling around in the corners of my mind, the posts that were pushed aside whilst I caught up on sleep (my daughter has only slept through the night twice in 8 months) and started freelance writing to help us through my maternity leave. So as this last chapter of 2015 comes to an end and a shiny new year begins to unravel before us, I wanted to put together a post on some of the highlights over the last few months.
Gordon Castle Walled Garden is somewhere I’ve long wanted to visit – and when we went in the October holidays I wasn’t disappointed. I loved wandering around the beautiful gardens and my son absolutely loved the play park. It is made with all natural materials and is a lovely space in which children can use their imaginations and enjoy the outdoors. Lunch was absolutely delicious and I thoroughly recommend the fish platter. The shop sells a range of products made using ingredients from the garden, such as gin, beauty products and tea. I hope to visit again soon and urge you to visit if you’re in the Moray area.
On our way back from our little October holiday in Moray we drove along the coastal route and stopped at Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie. It is one of the most photographed sights in the area and it’s easy to see why – it’s a striking sight emerging from the sea. Walking along the Moray Coastal Trail (you can walk all the way to Cullen) gives you stunning views.
With family in Moray we often travel along the A96 so it was a welcome detour to take the Coastal Route along to Cullen (although with one screaming baby we did end up quickly veering back towards Huntly in order to get home as soon as possible – my husband was not best pleased that after leaving Elgin and driving for an hour and a half we had only reached Huntly!).
Since we moved to Laurencekirk in April I’ve enjoyed exploring both Aberdeenshire and Angus, discovering lots of local hidden gems. One of my new favourite walks is the Blue Door Walk just outside Edzell. We parked near the Post Office in Edzell and walked along the river until we reached the road. Here you come to a bridge which is sandwiched between the signs for Angus and Aberdeenshire, so as you cross to walk the Blue Door circuit you pass from one region to the other. Next time we’ll park at the layby beside the blue door and walk to the Rocks of Solitude (how poetic). The section we walked was so peaceful, with inky water squeezed through the grip of rocks and kayakers braving the rapids.
Somewhere I never tire of visiting is the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and one of my favourite places is Loch Morlich. It has it all – a gorgeous sandy beach, ancient forest, mountain views and lovely loch scenery.
A huge thank you to everyone who has read my little blog this year, I’m looking forward to sharing many more trips and travels with you in 2016. I will be returning to work in January and have plans to do a lot more with the blog, as well as building a website with information on upcoming events in Angus and Aberdeenshire for families.
Wishing you all a happy, peaceful 2016.