After a tough ride from Edinburgh we’ve finally made it to our next destination: the picture-perfect village of Fordyce, an “epitome of refined country living” (according to a brochure by the Banffshire Coast tourist information). And we couldn’t have imagined a warmer welcome: the wood burning stove in our beautifully refurbished cottage was already prepared and a dram of Glenfiddich awaited the thirsty travellers.
Our cottage is located at the Banffshire Coast in Scotland where even a Sunnyside Beach can be found. And sunny it is!
Along the coast many old fishing villages are scattered. And the tiny hamlet called Sandend is problably the smallest among them. But it provides some infrastructure for windsurfers!
Just to be sure that our satnav actually navigated us to Scotland and not to the South Seas (we hadn’t seen a cloud in days) we decided to spend a day at Duff House in Banff. Looks like Downton Abbey? Check. Provides an art gallery with paintings from the National Galleries? Check. Has a tearoom and a gift shop? Check. Okay, must be somewhere in the United Kingdom.
And a tour through the Highlands finally convinced us that we actually were in Scotland.
Driving through the rough landscape of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is unique.
Our destination was Belmoral Castle where generations of Royal Families used to spend their summer vacations. Of course, the tradition is being continued by the Windsors. Hopefully the Duchess of Cambridge likes hunting, hiking, and horse-riding for there isn’t much else to do.
Wait, one option I forgot is visiting a distillery. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the fusing of earth, water, fire, air and man’s artistry.
Along the River Spey you can throw a stone at any place and it will land on a distillery.
Ours landed on Glenfarclas distillery in Ballindalloch.
Glenfarclas, established in 1836, is one of the few independent family-owned distillers left. Consider yourself lucky if you own a bottle of their family cask reserve.
After an informative distillery tour a few drams of their fine Single Malt whiskies are offered for tasting. (Notes end here.)
Odometer says: km
William Shakespeare says:
Can one desire too much of a good thing? (As You Like It IV.1)