Smalt blues of Auchenblae forest


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True to its Gaelic name, Achadh nam Blàth, meaning ‘Field of Flowers’, Auchenblae is home to vast coniferous woodlands dotted with a dazzling array of wildflowers. A spot for nature lovers, Auchenblae is tucked away within Kincardine and Mearns, at the edge of Drumtochty’s broody forest. A gentle stream runs through it, punctuating the serene silence of the conifer canopy.

In the distance, look out for the historic parish church. There, you’ll find a memorial to Scotland’s first Protestant martyr, George Wishart, who was burnt at the stake under the orders of Cardinal Beaton in St Andrews.

Once home to a revered whisky distillery and weavers, Auchenblae was immortalised in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel ‘Sunset Song.’

© Henri Cooney






The low spring sun melts through these dense Aberdeenshire conifers to expose a range of juniper greens, smalt blues and ebony clays. This serene scheme would work for health conscious or environmental brands that espouse values of rest, balance and nature.

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