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13 Jun 2017

June Sunday Run: Banff Coast

June Sunday Run - Coast and Country....

June's Sunday Run resulted from a suggestion - and an invitation - from Banff members Alex & Kate Leys. They kindly hosted our meeting point, providing non-stop tea & coffee and plenty of Kate's home baked treats at their beautiful home. Alex's route suggestion was to visit a string of the small harbours along the coast heading west from Banff.

Our Meeting point

First on the list was Whitehills, then Portsoy (where a diversion caused by recent flooding in the area threw the route plan temporarily out of whack), then Cullen with its striking railway viaduct. Next stop was Portknockie, then Findochty (Pronounced "Finechty") and continuing through Portessie and Buckie to Portgordon. Each of these harbours has its own character, some quiet fishing towns and some more industrial like Buckie with boat building very evident.

Findochty Harbour

From Portgordon we took the B9016 road cross-country to the main A96 to get to Huntly, and the very welcoming Huntly Castle Hotel. Here we were able to line up the cars along the driveway in front of the building for some pictures and relax with a drink on the terrace before being served a very good lunch in a panelled private dining room. Very posh! - but also very good value. This venue is a real gem, and a credit to owners Andrew & Linda Meiklejohn.

Cars at Huntly Castle Hotel

At lunch we welcomed some new faces at their first, but hopefully not last Club event. Thanks for joining in, Linda & Ian Farley, Mandy Gault and daughter Caroline, and John Birnie. We had 15 cars in all, and 26 people turned out, which is heartening support. Thanks all, and again, special thanks to Alex & Kate!

Lunch in grand surroundings

For more pictures, see Paul Barlow's site

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