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Aberlour Rally 2011

Six vans left the Lothian Bridge rally site fairly early to make the long drive north to Aberlour, just one van containing Chris & Dave Graham stayed behind to enjoy the Edinburgh area.

The route via the Forth Bridge and good roads was short of eating places, toilets and fuel stops, but this was made up for by the superb scenery and not too much traffic.

Sylvia & Keith ran their well known Coffee Evenings, this allows the rest of us to have a lie in, or to get away early to do some site seeing. One disadvantage was that some of us were attacked by the dreaded Midges, would they have got us in the morning ? Probably.

We had a good Fish & Chip supper one evening, complete with entertainment from a local Mother & Daughter, Bagpipes from Mrs. and Scottish dancing and Drums from Miss, and very good they were. Many campers on site came to watch the show, Sylvia went around with a hat and collected a tidy sum for the musical duo.

One afternoon Anne & I were walking up a lane approaching the site when to our surprise we saw a Red Squirrel clinging to the trunk of a Pine tree just a few metres away, it was in no hurry to rush of, until we got too close. I mentioned the sighting to the campsite manager and he gave me a card addressed to David Bellamy who keeps a record of sightings of this endangered species in the British Isles,apparently the 'Reds' sometimes come onto the site to feed.

We enjoyed a visit to one of the local Distilleries, of which there are many in the area, we chose Glenfiddich, along with others we joined a one hour tour, a guide explained the process and gave us all samples of various Whiskies, all at no cost, and we were under no pressure to buy, we did however part with a few Scottish Banknotes in the shop.

Another local place worth a visit is the Heritage railway from Dufftown to Keith. On the station at Dufftown is a nice Cafe in a well restored stationary railway coach, the train, powered by diesel, travelled at just the right speed to enable us to enjoy the scenery.

The traditional' Last Supper' took place at the Aberlour' Fresh', an excellent Cafe and Bistro, just a 10minute drive from the site, and the food was very good. On the morning of our departure from the rally, we arranged with Kate and Malcolm to head for the C.&C.C. club site at Jedburgh, despite taking different routs we both pulled into the site at the same time.

Thanks to Sylvia & Keith for organizing the Rally, and for their assistants Lorna & Pat for 'assisting'.

Aberlour Caravans Park, Aberlour on Spey, Morley

Wednesday 8th June to Tuesday 14th June 2011

Organised by Keith and Sylvia Wilkinson

No of Caravans: 6

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