Park Talk

Park Talk

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”  - is one of those movie quotes that the Monty Python team (Life of Brian 1979) cemented into the public psyche as shorthand for listing fundamental benefits we often take for granted. The quote came to mind in a recent meeting when the CNPA Board heard about a range of recent investment and awards for the area – benefiting people, jobs, tourism, health and nature.  Many of them won, in part at least, because of our National...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

  Encouraging new visitors to the Cairngorms National Park, with its stunning landscapes, abundance of wildlife – including species you won’t see anywhere else – and a vast array of activities from cycling, walking, watersports, wintersports and so on, well you would think it would be easy wouldn’t you but it’s not a place that everyone knows about. There are groups of people and communities across Scotland and indeed Europe who think that visiting the...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

Here’s a challenge: take a conservationist and a developer out to the pub and ask them about their work in the Cairngorms. Over the first pint you may well hear the conservationist, outline the threats to capercaillie, wildcat, farmland wading birds and invertebrates. Broaden the conversation and you’ll hear about the loss of wild land and native woodlands and rising temperatures warming our seas and rivers leading to species extinction.  Behind it all they may claim there is a...

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March of the Mannies

March of the Mannies

Nine o’ clock on Saturday morning and we were gathered outside the Invercauld Arms Hotel in Braemar waiting for the Ballater and District Pipe Band to fall in and lead us through the village to the start of another Braemar Gathering.  The so-called “March of the Mannies” has now become a popular tradition when the Braemar Games officials, and yes, we’re all men, walk to the Games Park carrying the flag of the Braemar Royal Highland Society.  Traditions are...

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In the Park

In the Park

When I woke the other morning it was as if the world had changed overnight.  It had been raining heavily at bedtime and clearly the rain had continued all night.  By morning much of the landscape around Braemar was unrecognisable.  The familiar meandering route of the River Dee from Mar Lodge to the village had vanished and the valley was filled with water from one side to the other.  It was as if, overnight, some invisible force had replaced the river with a long broad loch...

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