Deeside and the approach to the Cairngorms is gorgeous; if I ever finish the Guide I’ll come back and do it properly for you.
For now it’s all about relentless ticking, as we head to Banchory, a mini Helensburgh.
Two ticks, starting with the Douglas Arms, a heritage pub whose heritage charms I rather missed, possibly because it operates as a “coffee bothy” catering for smoothie fans.
Rather like the Wonky Pear on the edge of Congleton, the trade is coffee and cake rather than cask, but nowt wrong with that,
and the Trade Winds was cool and crisp with a touch of straw (NBSS 3).
And at least Noah And The Whale aren’t Mumford & Sons, eh ?
In complete contrast, the second tick is the British Legion, up a hill past the discarded Trafford United shirt I accidentally walked over.
very lively locals, sensible beer range,
adequate Cairngorm Nessie, and it was only £1.56 !
If anyone is reading this in 20 years time, they won’t believe what was Number 1 half-way through the summer of 2022.
Is Lizzo copying Kate there ?