Mid Clova – Why it’s Charles Michie’s favourite view
Each of us has a spot in the North East that we hold close to our heart, and our 2018 calendar sets out to share just what these special views mean to us.
For each month, we have asked someone with a connection to either ASPC or Aberdeenshire itself to choose a location and tell us why it is significant to them, showcasing the view with a beautiful image from photographer Ray Smith.
As we’re now into October this month’s Calendar image, chosen by Charles A. Michie, features a view over his farm at Mid Clova on a fresh Autumn morning. With the golden barley looking ready to be harvested, Mr Michie says “My favourite view is from my farm at Mid Clova. Over the pond, the ripening barley and the heather on Kildrummy – Strathdon at its best!”.
The hills of Kildrummy offer a great country walk and if you’re looking for a destination, Kildrummy Castle is not to be missed. The remarkable ruin is the most complete 13th century castle in eastern Scotland. Built in 1250 by the Earl of Mar, Kildummy castle is famous for its connection with King Edward I and Robert the Bruce. There is so much history to be discovered here, including the the story behind the twin-towered gatehouse.
Beyond Kildrummy, the area of Strathdon also has lots to offer visitors. Located on the quieter side of the Cairngorms National Park, the scenery and wildlife are reason alone to visit this tranquil area. To continue your adventure on the trail for historic ruins, stop by Glenbuchat Castle, a well preserved 1500’s landmark. The castle was originally built for the wedding of John Gordon and his wife Helen Carnegie, who were known for dominating the political environment in the North-East with their disputes with close rivals. Although it is now roofless, Glenbuchat is a very well preserved traditional Z-plan castle.
With a rich history, the area of Strathdon has strong traditional Scottish roots which is expressed in their annual Highland Games. Arguably one of the most famous, the Lonach Highland Gathering & Games, held on the fourth Saturday in August, attracts thousands of visitors each year. The day commences with a 200-year-old tradition where the Scottish Clansmen march to the central arena, passing by several Strathdon properties while toasting their owners. The games begin with different events and entertainment held throughout the day, including highland dancing and performances from local pipe bands.
The natural beauty, rich history and traditional culture that surround Charles Michie’s farm make it easy to understand why it’s his favourite view.