When we were on our last long holiday, Paula and I were looking at the map of Scotland, marvelling at all the places and regions of Scotland that we have already seen. Still we realized that even with all our efforts, there were some large areas of Scotland that we have not yet seen or even driven through – like the Southern Isles (Iona, Jura, Mull), the Shetlands and of course the northern part of Aberdeenshire, which is kind of a triangle north from Aberdeen and east from Elgin.
Now, after Paula has finally gotten to the stage where I have been for the last three years – the unemployment zone – and realizing that we have less than two months to go, we figured that maybe we could have shorter trips to see the places we still haven´t. Also, our Historic Scotland membership cards were valid only until the end of April – which is sad because having these cards proved to be the best gift we could have ever gotten (we were gifted this by the former colleagues of Paula from Bayreuth and we couldn´t have been more grateful). Because there was no way that we could organize the trip to the isles and had not time (or the money) for the Shetlands, the triangle was accessible and ripe for a two-day trip. Also, there were a lot of things to see from Historic Scotland. In retrospect, it seems odd that we have not visited this part of Scotland before, but I read somewhere that Aberdeenshire is avoided by most of the tourists, that are attracted more by the famous Scottish attractions that are situated either in the Lowlands (Midlands) or to the west. We booked a stay in the lovely Crawfords house in Peterhead (which was an excellent guest house) and off we went early on Saturday morning.
Tthis is my summary of those two days of sightseeing and driving through the north Aberdeenshire: lovely countryside, very fertile and the small towns are what your romantic imagining of a Scottish small town would be. There is a lot of history in this place, with Fraserburgh´s first lighthouse and Elgin Cathedral leading the way and dozens of castles scattered along the way (we were able to see the Huntly castle and the Tolquhon castle). For me the coastal towns and the beaches is what this area excels – some of the small towns like the Banff, Cullen and Gardenstown are just so well situated and picturesque that even if your intention was to speed through them, you will probably find yourself stopping and grabbing an ice-cream so that you will have an excuse to take in the sights for a minute longer. But none of the sights has taken my breath away as did the small village or a hamlet of Crovie – I just hope the pictures below captured the beauty of that small village accurately.
Next to this I was eager to find a proper composition to try my new ND filter. And I think I managed to do just that. For me shooting with the ND filter and getting that foamy feel to the movement gives the right emotional impression that we get when seeing the sights in person. I hope you will agree.
Fraserburgh Lighthouse and museum
Fraserburgh beach (lovely sights but lots of dog poo on it)
The amazing Crovie Village
A stop in Cullen where they have a very good icecream
Next week will be the first week when Paula and I will both be at home. We will see how we will be able to organise this new situation. I am not relinquishing the desk in the livingroom, despite the claims from Paula that it is actually hers.