Aviemore

This workaday fishing and oil town is also  the birthplace of Lord Byron. Marie, Queen of Scots also spent time here. There is a rumor that an arm that belonged to William Morris (Braveheart) is buried in one of the churches, but that church’s caretaker told us that story is a lot of malarkey. Many pedestrian malls and walkways meander through this  picturesque town of granite houses and churches. Town Square is huge, and was once the site of both Communist and Fascist rallies.

Forvie National Wildlife Refuge, a few miles from town is a place of a rugged coast line and rolling sand dunes. Eider ducks, cormorants, and many other birds congregate on the offshore rocks. We came across the site of an old farmhouse where a family thrived until wind blown dunes forced them to move. Smugglers also hung out here… the dunes gave them great spaces to store stolen goods! Keep your eyes open around here.

The first photo is of Town Square. The second shows cormorants offshore, and the third is of the rocky coast.

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About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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