Ascent. 188M. Accum Ascent. 5662M
A second planned short day today. A very leisurely affair indeed. We did the touristy bit, had a wonder round, went to check out Braemar sports outdoor shop.
We packed up in good time so that Kate could get on with the changeover for more challengers tonight. Kindly she let us leave our rucksacks in the garden whilst we did our wandering around the shops.
The Fife Arms
Croydon (Mick) arrived and so we had a brew with him.
Then as lunch arrived, it would have been rude to eat elsewhere considering the proprietors of the OB had done a wonderful job of re decorating the place. We had lunch. The calories were needed on our tiring shopping spree.
We were shown a TGO Challenge plate that was being made on the premises and any challengers who want one can have the wording bespoke. Cost, less postage and packing was £7.
If anybody would like one then email or phone the Old Bakery in Braemar. (photo’s courtesy of JJ).
Having had a lovely sunny day so far, it became time for us to go. And as would happen, when we said “GO” it started raining. Waterproofs were donned and it continued more or less the whole way to Lochcallater.
The minor road out of Braemar, past the golf course is a quiet one and many deer were seen along the river bank.
A bridge was spotted across the river but we were not sure of exactly how to get to it. Backtracking a little we found a wired up gate where a ATV track led to the bridge, although we did have to climb an old fence.
A look at the map later confirmed that we should have gone on a little further and around the enclosure fence.
Getting close to Lochcallatter Lodge.
The fire was roaring and already in situ was Stormin and Charlie. Keith was upstairs and Mike and George were in the living room with the Dunsires and the 2 dogs Zury and Jock.
We had a very pleasant evening with good company, food, music, beer and whisky.
We noticed the big festival tent outside and was told that it was for the barbecue tomorrow. It was blowing and flapping around but it stayed put.
Tomorrow being the main challenge visitor night where folk leave with a bad head.
Not for glory by Margret Burns Miles was the album played by George (Seated Middle). Well worth a listen if you can find it.
Bill, stood right. Me on the left with Jock.
Thanks to all the guys at Lochcallater Lodge for looking after us all so well.