Posts by flyfifer

    Had a run out today with Dougie K and went "round the other way."

    For some reason if we want to use the Cairn o Mount road we invariably do it on the return south and ignore Edzell

    Today we went north via Edzell and Cairn o Mount.

    Perhaps more importantly the run across Angus was glorious, hills to the left, hills to the right - to mangle a line from a poignant song.

    Ballater was its usual glorious self. (With the bonus of petrol 4p cheaper than Morrisons).


    Glen Shee was bicycle city ! Apart from the guy on the para wing thingie.

    Be careful what you wish for -

    The nice new Gairnshiel bridge will be capable of carrying Large Goods Vehicles.

    Not sure who would benefit from that but --- there would surely be a negative !


    Ref the alleged Transport Scotland 20year investment vision --- I think there's a lot of folk on this forum who could have scribbled down an impressive list in Five Minutes ; I wonder how much the actual "vision" cost us ?


    The A96 consultative document must be costing a small fortune --anything rather than bite bullets and get on with it.


    Short version.


    The A939 road from Gairnshiel Lodge eastwards towards Ballater will be closed for two weeks from Monday, August 22.


    The signed diversion route will be from the A93/A939 junction, east along the A93 to Dinnet, then north along the A97 to Strathdon, then west along the A944 to re-join the A939 at Colnabaichin.


    The works are towards the end of the Lonach Gathering/Games on Saturday 27th August 2022 but it will not impact on any access.


    The closure will be removed by the weekend of the Braemar Gathering/Games, Saturday 3rd Sept and Cycle Tour of Britain, Sunday 4th September 2022.

    As part of the works relating to the replacement of A939 Gairnshiel Bridge, the A939 road from Gairnshiel Lodge eastwards towards Ballater will be closed for two weeks from Monday, August 22.


    The closure is necessary to carry out essential works to the existing A939 which will improve road alignment sufficiently to facilitate delivery of the new bridge deck and to allow passage of the large crane which will be required to lift the new deck into position.


    All changes made to the existing road will be permanent which will also contribute towards improved road safety in this location in the longer term.


    The signed diversion route will be from the A93/A939 junction, east along the A93 to Dinnet, then north along the A97 to Strathdon, then west along the A944 to re-join the A939 at Colnabaichin.


    Please note that while the works take us towards the end of the Lonach Gathering it will not impact on any access. Similarly, the closure will be removed by the weekend of the Braemar Gathering and Tour of Britain events.


    Earlier this year, Aberdeenshire Council awarded the £3.8m contract for the replacement crossing to Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, with completion expected by Spring 2023.


    The existing Grade A-listed structure – built in the mid-1700s – is no longer suitable for modern day traffic and with ever-increasing volumes of vehicles and larger, heavier loads, the bridge has suffered significant damage over many years. However this ‘faithful old servant’ will be retained for use by non-motorised users.


    Its new downstream replacement will have two lanes of traffic and will be capable of carrying large goods vehicles.


    This modern, yet sympathetic replacement will ensure local residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the delights the area has to offer while providing improved journey times and reliability.

    I had a run down to Connel and back by Glencoe this morning. Not a lot of traffic on either leg.

    Waved as I went along Loch Awe but never spotted you.

    How's the beast enjoying the heat ??

    The story doesn't get any better !

    Used to be you booked a ferry and hoped for a weather window for your trip.

    The primary hope, now, is that there is a ferry available - both ways !


    Has there been any indication that Another Two new vessels are being tendered for - naw !

    Clearly we need them.


    (It's the same mentality as Nae Water - it was obvious some time ago that we needed more water storage capacity. Any forcefull dialogue going on with "land owners" and "cannae drown the floers" , groups ? Naw.).

    Mannie that lives "a few doors along" bought a Meteor with 1k on the clock. Did an oil/filter change and washed it.


    It sounds really nice, as it trundles by, looks smart and he is happy with it..

    Nothing in his stable has much more H.P. and he rates it.

    More problems this morning, Sunday 31st July.


    Armadale Mallaig , the big vessel is out of commission due to Crew Shortages. The wee vessel will run but limited capacity.

    Stornoway Ullapool, problems closing the bow doors so 1hr 21mins late leaving Stornoway this morning.


    Presumably the knock on effects are significant in both cases.

    this seems to be a fairly comprehensive and reliable commentary on the cairn/barrow.


    https://ancientmonuments.uk/12…-cawdor-ward#.Yt7iK7fTU0E


    I did read another account where the reviewer had spoken to an angler on the river who assured him that after hanging the miscreants were drowned in a wee loch just to be sure.

    The angler was looking towards the wee pond at the time.

    I refer you to the last paragraph of the perhaps more authorative account.


    Do you think there are ghosties ????