Thirteen members attended the final Day
Meet of 2015 which took the form of a traverse from Insch to
Inverurie over Bennachie. More than half (seven) travelled to
and from this meet wholly or partly by train.
Platform 6N Sunday 13th December 2015
The first Northbound train from Aberdeen on
a Sunday morning is the 10.00am Inverness service and 4 made the
journey through the streets of Aberdeen to the station on a cold
but bright Sunday morning. Our club secretary joined at Dyce and
two more at Inverurie. Our train was on time and with the
comfortable journey from Aberdeen to Insch taking only 34
minutes our mini-adventure into the countryside ended all too
Rod, Sue and Garry met us in frosty Insch
and so 10 set off out through farmland for first, the Watch
Craig of Bennachie.
Looking out over Garioch from The Watch
The day was cold but relatively bright and
more importantly there was little if any wind.
Ben Rinnes and Tap o' Noth
We gained Oxen Craig around 13.15hrs. Judy
and Alec were awaiting our arrival on top having come up from
the Visitor Centre on the Gordon Way.
We lunched here before some set off for The
Mither Tap directly. Garry, Benn, Tom, Carlos and myself went
via Craig Shannoch and “The Cave” which was on my virtual bucket
list and Garry insisted we find it. We did find it. Thanks Tom
Leaving The Oxen Craig
Happy Day Meets Secretary
Garry in the Bennachie Howff
Sunset was forecast for 15.25hrs and we
five (plus Colin) who we met, decided to hang around in the hope
of seeing a spectacular light show. It never happened... but a
magical refilling quaich containing a ‘rusty nail’ meant the
35-40 minutes awaiting nightfall was no hardship at all. Rumour
has it that some drunk too much and this may account for the odd
commando roll and scuffed knees on our descent.
On Mither Tap near sunset
Vice President Brown ferried us into the
bright lights of Inverurie once down and a rather pleasant hour
or so was had in The Gordon Highlander Pub where we indulged in
some fine fare and Christmas drinks.
This was, in my opinion, a rather
satisfactory Meet where both the weather and company were most
agreeable. Best wishes to you all, and here's to 2016.