18 of us left Aberdeen in good time to travel to Moray for a walk which would finish at the highest village in the Highlands – Tomintoul. After a comfort stop at Alford we continued on our journey up Donside, up the Lecht past the ski centre to Tomintoul. Some of our group alighted at here to do the shorter walks down Glen Avon with a few continuing on to Ailnack Gorge and back to Tomintoul. The largest group of walkers stayed on the bus to start the long walk at Dorback Lodge, which took them along the track to the Water of Ailnack then to either continue up the gorge, or to cross the ford and take the path on the east side of the Water back to Tomintoul. The rest of us stayed on the bus back to Tomintoul to start our shorter walks. A few of us walked down to Delnabo, down Glen Avon and back up to Tomintoul on the east side of the river. The weather was dry for the first part of the walks but it began to rain at about lunchtime. The main party took shelter at a bothy for their lunch. The others managed to reach Tomintoul before getting soaked. We all dried out eventually, and after refreshments at the Tomintoul hostelry we arrived back in Aberdeen before 7pm. Alastair

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