Covering the counties of Moray, Banff and Buchan. Narrated by Claire Marshall and sponsorsed by quality local businesses en-route


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The 12th in the Scottish series and introducing a new narrator - Claire Marshall. This title covers the counties of Moray, Banff and Buchan and the northern part of Aberdeenshire.

We start at Forres with much of the land hereabouts still in the ownership of the Earls of Moray, a noble Scottish family, descended from the half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots.
Kinloss is these days best known as an RAF base, with the nearby Findhorn foundation the UK's largest international communtiy based on spiritual values. We travel along the Moray Firth passing Covesea and Lossiemouth - birthplace of the first Labour PM Ramsay MacDonald.

Elgin is famed for its cathedral and associations with the feared Wolf of Badnoch, who burnt the building down and later lavished gifts and riches upon it! We head to Fochabers - home of Baxters - famous for jam and soup, on to Spey Bay and the WDCS who suplied the front cover image. This is the mouth of the Spey - Scotland's 2nd longest river and much famed for its Salmon fishing.

Cullen, is famous for the fish soup - Cullen Skink, which can be enjoyed locally, and the singing sands. Cullen House, the seat of the powerful Earls of Seafield who own vast estates in the area. Fordyce is a pretty little clachan with its castle in the centre of a cluster of cottages. Whilst Portsoy once exported marble and has an attractive old harbour. Whitehills was once a booming herring port. Banff is the main centre hereabouts and Banff House was built by Adam for the Earl of Fife who refused to live in it! Today it is a country house Gallery and outpost of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Macduff is just over the river and still an active port, its harbour the most sheltered on the Moray Firth.

Then passing Gardenstown, Crowie and Pennan - a major location for the cult film - local hero. To yet another fishing settlement; Rosehearty. We arrive at Fraserburgh passing Lomnay - Elvis was descended from a couple from this tiny parish,St Combs and Rattray en-route to Peterhead. Still a major white fish port and once was the capital of the UKs whaling industry. Cruden Bay and the nearby ruins of Slains castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula - as he visited here a number of times. It also has a well loved Golf Course one of the top 50 in the world.

We head inland through the district of Deer to Turriff. An important centre for this rich agricultural hinterland as is the next place we visit - Huntly. Its fine castle was the seat of the Gordons, we pass small hamlets in the rolling farmland such as Rhynie and Oyne and then over the hills and forestry to Keith, the birthplace of Gordon Bennett - the expletive whose was in fact a local lad made good who was the founder and editor of the New York Herald.

Then into Speyside - whisky country. Whose villages and settlement all have such familiar names such as Craigellachie - with its Telford Bridge, one of over 200 he built, Aberlour, Dufftown and finally Tomintoul, the highest village in the highlands, which we also featured in our adjoining Cairngorm National Park Title.
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