Archive for October, 2016

Journey No 33

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Journey No 33

Friday, 30th September to Monday, 3rd October 2016

This journey covered 4 days, 745 km / 465 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll to Findhorn, Forres and Burgh, Moray and return to Carrick Castle.

Friday, 30th September 2016

Harrie at Findhourn

Harrie at Findhorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After Liz having a hospital appointment at 12.20 at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria, we departed for Forres and parked up at Findhorn for a few nights, arriving at 18.30 hrs.

Saturday, 1st October 2016

The reason for this journey was to attend the Community Woodlands Association’s annual 2-day Conference on behalf of our Cormonachan Woodlands Association of which Liz is Chair and Douglas the Secretary.

The venue was Horizon Scotland in Forres. A very modern building.

Horizon, Forres - The building had a grass roof with sheep sculptures.

Horizon, Forres – The building had a grass roof with sheep sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz trying out the woodworking demo at Horizon, Forres

Liz trying out the woodworking demo at Horizon, Forres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day was filled with many speakers and woodland site visits in the area and ended with a good dinner and ceilidh in Forres.

Sunday, 2nd October 2016

The Conference continued in Forres and ended with the AGM after which we drove to Findhorn to walk on the long sandy beach in great sunny weather.

Refuelled with 56.8 l diesel = £65.27 (128,088 km) in Findhorn.

Monday 3rd October 2016

We decided to take our time travelling home so started the day visiting the Findhorn Community Village that’s an alternative lifestyle with very different houses.

A Findhorn Community house

A Findhorn Community house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then drove back to walk along the beach again, this time most of the sands were covered by the sea and then visited the Pictish Fort and harbour at Burgh.

Findhorn Beach at high tide. At low tide there is a long wide sandy beach

Findhorn Beach at high tide. At low tide there is a long wide sandy beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz at Burgh with the Pictish Fort in the background

Liz at Burgh with the Pictish Fort in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas at Burgh harbour

Douglas at Burgh harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following this we drove back to Forres and visited the 6 metre high standing stone in Forres that’s protected in a glass case. Sueno’s Stone is a Picto-Scottish Class III standing stone on the north-easterly edge of Forres, Scotland. It is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland and stands over 6.5 metres high.

6 m high standing stone under a glass cover at Forres

6 m high standing stone under a glass cover at Forres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz at River Findhorn

Liz at River Findhorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrie on the hill road to Carrbridge

Harrie on the hill road to Carrbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refuelled with 23.28 l diesel = £26.52 ((128302 km) in Fort William

Summary

We had a good four days away with warm sunny weather every day although cold at night. The Conference provided useful information to our Association.

 

Total mileage for the trip: 745 km / 465 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 17,960 km / 11,230 miles.

Total mileage to date: 128,446 km / 80,279 miles.