Showing posts from January, 2011

Cambus o' May bridge

Aberdeenshire | Dinnet | Bridge | ★ [The bridge on a cold January day in 2011 above a frozen River Dee] A few miles downstream of Ballater , a stately white suspension bridge spans the River Dee at Cambus o' May. From the middle there are great views of the river surrounded by the Cairngorms foothills and forest. Somehow it's just about survived what the worst of northeast Scotland's climate has thrown at it over more than a century since its construction in 1905. This is no mean feat: the Dee rises high enough during spate events to throw debris against the slender span. Floods in 2015 caused serious damage leading to a lengthy closure, but happily it's now open again, still standing proud above one of Scotland's mightiest rivers. Next time we're here we plan to pay a visit to the cheese factory with the same name, just up the road from the bridge. [View downstream from the bridge] Location & info 📌 Cambus o' May bridge ★ By the A93

Walk: Burn o' Vat - pothole of epic proportions

Aberdeenshire | Dinnet | Short walk | ★★★ [Burn o' Vat] 20,000 years ago the landscape of upper Deeside was covered by large glaciers. As the ice retreated, a torrent of meltwater exploited weaknesses in the bedrock to carve a huge, pink granite pothole. Even though sediment has long filled up the base of the pothole, 13-metre cliffs forming the top half remain. The river is also a shadow of its former self, allowing access by scrambling across stepping stones at the narrow entrance. The high walls, enclosed space and limited light makes it difficult to appreciate the sheer scale and grandeur of the place ("pothole" rather undersells it), but in real life it's an excitingly dramatic sight with a real "wow" factor when you first peer through the constricted opening. [Ice formations inside the Vat] 📌 Walk: Burn o' Vat - pothole of epic proportions ★★★ Start / finish at Burn o' Vat car park, on the B9119 2 mi northwest of Dinnet, G.R.:

Falls of Feugh

Aberdeenshire | Banchory | Waterfall | ★★ [Falls of Feugh during winter] Just before joining the River Dee at Banchory, the Water of Feugh tumbles over a chaos of boulders and rock steps to form an attractive set of rapids with an old stone road bridge over the top. These are the Falls of Feugh, and while not particularly high, they're a popular beauty spot for locals and Aberdonians alike. The falls have a reputation for being a good spot to watch salmon running upstream. During autumn and after heavy rain is usually the best time, but of course there are no guarantees! [A cold River Dee close to the Falls of Feugh] Location & info 📌 Falls of Feugh ★★ By the B974 half a mile south of Banchory (car park just to the east), G.R.: NO 702950 ///soaks.geese.rents Always open | Free