Last week I made an excursion into Aberdeenshire. Beautiful drive up to Braemar and along the narrow road to the Mar Lodge Estate and Linn of Dee. The dogs and I had a lovely walk along the Glen Lui path. We seemed to miss the shorter way back but got back to the car in the end. My Labrador of ageing years managed well, but was delighted to get back to the car and a lie down. The spaniel was even showing signs of tiredness. The falls at Linn of Dee were amazing, so much so that I sent my guests there the next day. The whole area is prime walking territory and Braemar is a popular place to stop.