Rally report from Anne & Ted Grummitt
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 on Spey, Morley
Wednesday 8th June to Tuesday 14th June 2011
Organised by Keith and Sylvia Wilkinson
No of Caravans: 6
Fish and Chips Supper by Anne Grummitt