18 of us set out for a walk in Speyside following the route of those naughty whisky smugglers from many years ago. 9 of us decided to walk the full route via Corriehabbie Hill, while 8 of us walked through the glen without going up the hill. 1 other walker chose to do a short walk near the Glacks of Balloch.

We started at Allanreid Car Park near the village of Tomnavoulin and set out on the path following the river Livet until we turned north-east. Crossing the river at a ford proved difficult as the water level was too high so we made a slight detour by a footbridge further up river. We followed the path up Glen Suie path past the abandoned Suie farmhouse. At the junction in the paths the group doing Corriehabbie Hill turned left, while the rest continued along the glen past the small cave of Elf House, and along the River Fiddich to the end of the glen. To the right of us was a new wind farm with its huge turbines. We all eventually reached the Glacks of Balloch where the bus was waiting for us. The walk enabled all of us to experience the 4 seasons in 1 day that Scotland is famous for – warm sunshine, rain, cold wind, the lot! After the walk we stopped off in Dufftown to enjoy much needed refreshments before going home. We arrived in Aberdeen about 7pm which was in good time. Alastair

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