We continue our walks through the summer months, although of course many of our walkers do go away on holiday at some time throughout this period. It is, however, a lovely time to explore our own area as, to many people, this could well be a beautiful holiday destination in its own right. Our routes have included those to the River Findhorn from the “Motherwell Bridge”, as we call it, since it was built by a Motherwell firm of engineers; up the hill behind Corrybrough to the communication mast, and along the track to the Bucket Bridge at the entrance to The Streens. We also were delighted to find that the gate of one of the tracks from Ruthven was now unlocked, as this allows us once more to do a favourite route we have not used for a year or two.
On all of these walks we enjoy so much seeing and hearing the birds: lapwing, oystercatchers, curlews, gulls, sand martins, swallows, grouse, and many more. The wild flowers are also a joy to observe this year, and our most recent walks are revealing the bell heather, cross-leaved heath, plus the gradually opening common heather.
Whatever the route, however, one of the great pleasures is to walk with like-minded members of the community, and to share with them in a cuppa at the end. Indeed, we have just been informed that our Tomatin group is to be nominated for an award from “Paths for All” – the umbrella organisation for “Step it Up Highland”, on the basis of being a very friendly and co-operative group, where each individual helps and considers all other members. That is good to hear! So do join us if you would enjoy the exercise and the camaraderie, on Wednesday afternoons at 2.00pm at Strathdearn Hall, or by phoning Kathy and David on 01808 511740 or Carol on 531220.