My Bennachie

Lynda Bain
22 February 2016

My earliest memories of Bennachie are as a child over 50 years ago, being taken by our Dad from our home in Peterhead to climb the hill. No car parks, marked paths and Bennachie Centre then – we parked at the side of the road and got hopelessly lost on the way back down to the car! Dad also sung “O! gin I war whaur Gadie rins by the foot o’Bennachie” over the years.

During my running years I ran over the Mither Tap many times - on one occasion with Aberdeen running legend Mel Edwards during his lunch break. As a Garioch Road Runner we had some great runs on Saturday mornings where the talk was as fast as the running (if any of you guys I ran with read this you will know who you are!). Sometimes I could barely run for laughing - a real tonic.

Bennachie has been the backdrop for so many of my special days - the sponsored walk on New Year’s Day for the Boxing Day Tsumani (we raised over £700), walks from Donview Car Park to the Bailies Picnic at the Back o’Bennachie with the family for sausage rolls and tea, Christmas Day up the Mither Tap... the list is very long. I have walked, cycled and ridden horses over the lower slopes in all weathers.

Recently we have donned our headtorches and walked up from Esson’s on Hogmanay to the Mither Tap. This year was amazing – we toasted the New Year at the top in the dark with lots of other folk looking at the moon lying on its back right in front of us and Aberdeenshire’s lights and fireworks spread before us.

I love Bennachie and would like to see future generations enjoy, appreciate and benefit from the hill as I have done.

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