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"It's summertime and the living is easy!" Those carefree lazy seemingly endless hot days we remembered from when we were kids have returned. The warm sunshine absent for too long, feels good again on our pale northern skin, slowly reddening from the burst of UV exposure. All our cares and worries disappear for a short while and it feels so good to be alive! We smile for no other reason but purely for the sake of it! The long dark days of winter are banished behind us and are but just a distant memory, it's time now to have a little fun and indulge our long dormant and too often overlooked childhood selves again! The air is mixed with the sounds of children's laughter and the murmer of people catching up with old friends at the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Kincardineshire » Banchory September 8th 2008

Crathes Castle I woke up just after 8am and mom was already in the shower. We had breakfast here at the hotel - scrambled eggs and bacon again - stuck in a breakfast rut! We are staying close by Banchory today which makes a welcome change from all that driving every day. First stop today is Crathes Castle (pronounced Krathis) which is only about two and a half miles east of Banchory in the town of Crathes. The castle is the seat of the family of Burnett of Leys. The land was granted to the family in 1323 by King Robert the Bruce. The Horn of Leys which was presented to the family by King Robert the Bruce still hangs above the fireplace and is the ‘deed’ to the land - well it was in ancient ... read more
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