thought it might have been our 25th anniversary
of Craigendarroch but subsequent research
shows that we bought it in January 1992.
However, we had been up on an inspection
visit previously so it's more or less right!
how it has changed over the years.
looks little different. The hotel
is no longer a hotel as the rooms have been
converted to timeshares (but there is a
rumour it might revert). The restaurant
on the top floor is long gone. The
fine dining Oaks restaurant is no more.
The "club house" area has gone upmarket
which is a relief as for some years it was
looking rather sad.
dry ski slope is also long gone although it is just
possible to identify some signs of where it was but
not of the unprotected railing that nearly killed me.
Maybe I was the cause of its demise?
its place is a junior play area. Lower down by
the boundary of the site and the woods is a rather better
adventure playground with castle and ropes and soft
they liked these, the big attraction for Luca and Ellie
was the swimming pool. Not the same configuration
as it used to be and missing the great slides but just
as much fun for them.
all this time it is perhaps remarkable that the lodge
seems little affected. The most noticeable difference
is the renovation of the bathrooms so that the monster
bubbling bath is gone as is the multi-headed shower
in the pine room. Both have been replaced by lesser
devices but the overall effect is smart. The kitchen
is starting to look a bit tired.
lounge seems unchanged (including the baffling storage
heaters). Even the chairs, which is remarkable if that
is in fact the case, given the hammer they must have
from bouncy children like ..
the view from the lounge window. I have worried
from time to time that the trees would begin to take
it away as they grew but for the most part they have
been kind to us.
is a different story. It has had two major blows
recently. Firstly the Victorian Station and museum
burnt down, apparently due to a fire emanating from
the cafe kitchen. Secondly last winter's flood
did a lot of damage, much of which is still being repaired.
The river end of the main street is looking sad
with several empty shops.
countryside, however, remains magnificent- especially
in late October if the weather is kind and the leaves
are golden as was the case this year.
fact it proved to be a glorious Tuesday as we drove
to and beyond Braemar to park by the Linn of Dee.
the Linn to the last, we headed upstream through the woods
to a bridge over Lui Water where we stopped for lunch.
return track took us along the side of Doire Bhradhad,
eventually reaching the Mar Lodge road.
over the Lui Bridge we could take the footpath that
drops down almost to the Dee and along to the Linn with
its precipitous cliffs over the very narrow raging gorge.
25 years (or so) it has not lost its appeal.
things were happening at the Linn. There were
mystrious apparitions as if Halloween were approaching.
Which it was....!
old now (well, 25 years older) Craigendarroch is a long
drive from Kendal so we broke the return journey at
Stirling. Next time we must spend a full day there
to do justice to its historic old town and to return
to Hermannn's restaurant for its unusual Austro-Scottish
menu. And take some photos.
30th October 2016
Distance: 4.2 miles
Height climbed: 427 feet
The Carnwell, Carn a Gheoidh
the Wednesday, Emma and Scott resumed their long paused
Monro acquisition trail with three quick ones to the
west of the Glenshee ski station, in the reverse direcction
to that taken by the three old men of Lochnagar (a.k.a.
BOOTboys) in BB1040
and in rather better weather!
miles; height climbed : 2116 feet
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