A lost kayak and the Queen’s Drive circuit

Some kayakers lost a kayak in the River Clunie today and we watched the rescue operation. I’m amazed anyone kayaks on this part of the river because it looks way too treacherous to me.

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The kayak was bobbing up and down for a long time – at least half an hour. It was caught in a circular current that prevented it from floating downstream. Eventually one of the kayakers prepared himself to enter the water to retrieve it. He tied a rope around himself and just as he was getting in the current released the kayak and it floated downstream. I got the last bit on video.

Then we did the Queen’s Drive walk which is a circuit starting from the road opposite the Fife Arms. It eventually joins a carriage route Queen Victoria used to enjoy, hence the name, Queen’s Drive.  The walk is just under 3 miles, with a good track, and pleasant views of Braemar and the surrounding hills. It’s also partly forested. It was just lovely and a walk I’d definitely do again.

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Then back at the River Clunie and the Fife Arms again.

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