It was a fine morning for our departure from Aberdeen, with twenty-six walkers on the bus for a walk along the coast west of Fraserburgh.  After a comfort stop in Ellon we continued to the start of the walk just to the west of Gardenstown, with one walker staying on the bus for a shorter walk at the end point.  The walk began with a downhill track past the ruined St John’s church to reach the beach at Gardenstown, then followed the coast to the village of Pennan.  Parts of the tracks were obstructed but not impassable due to landslides after the winter wet weather.  From Pennan, the track climbed up to the RSPB reserve on the cliffs and followed the cliffs and then over farmland to reach the archaeological site at Fort Fiddes, with final walk on the road to reach our end point above the village of Pennan.  We left slightly after the scheduled time but had time for a refreshment stop in Mintlaw before returning to Aberdeen.

Janet

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