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Alastair's Holiday around Pitlochry
Day 16

Today I decided to go visit Balmoral and then head over the hills to Tomintoul and then across to Grantown to visit the Speyside Heather Centre. It turned out to be quite a journey :-)

This was heading through Glenshee going towards Braemar

A few pictures of Braemar which I confess is a pretty village but I didn't get a good impression of the people... a cold day and a cold welcome I would say.

This was the run down to Barmoral which has lovely scenery and I then arrived at the gates of Balmoral Castle

These are all pictures as I climbed up the road heading towards Tomintoul and they say this road is always the first to be blocked by snow.

And so you can see we had some real snow on this part of the journey but even so the views were excellent until the snow came down a lot heavier and it was time to concentrate on the driving!

Guide Book to Tomintoul (pdf)

I did in fact make it to the Speyside Heather Centre and it was well worth the visit.  I did partake in a nice hot cup of coffee and a delicious slice of Clootie Dumpling... and they have a poster up showing you 21 different ways to eat clootie dumpling :-)

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