Adventures in Scotland Wednesday-Thursday
The rain let up a bit so we walked up to see the Vat. Later on we found there was a rievers' (cattle rustlers) cave as well that we didn't find. Along the steep mossy banks were lots of primroses blooming amongst last year's bracken.
As we got closer to Huntly we found the Culsh souterraine, which is an underground chamber supposedly used for storing grain. No evidence of grain storage has actually been found and storing grain in an underground chamber in a damp climate seems impractical. The entrance faces the midwinter sunrise, the pink lintel is supported by a big "lucky stone" on one side and a quartz stone on the other. Just saying...
That night we spent with Gaye in her converted steading. This is a farm buiding like a U-shaped barn which Gaye and Paul have renovated into a wonderful house. Thursday it rained steadily for most of the day. We spent the morning meeting with a Scottish beekeeper (who just happens to play the fiddle and nyckelharpa) then drove home through the rain. I spotted a directional sign to some Pictish stones, so we pulled off the main road, down a twisty local road to a small church. The stones are displayed in a little porch and are purported to be amongst the best Pictish stones in Scotland.
We got back to our base in Avimore in time for a swim and a soak in the jacuzzi - no bad!