Off to my local Corbett – Ben Rinnes for a short winter wander.

Yesterday I was pretty tired after the annual Clavie (the Pictish New Year) celebrations but managed to great walks along the beach with my pals dogs. The weather was superb with the sun out and the views and beach incredible. There are a lot of visitors in the village and my visitors Kenny and Elaine left after a walk and breakfast in the bothy. I had a few things to do and tried to cash a cheque drove to Forres about 8 miles away and found that the Bank is shut since October gone so it was away to Elgin to find a bank, sadly the effect of internet banking. It was then a wee sleep in the afternoon as the bust few days had caught up. I had my first OAP Fish and chips last night from the Chippy van in the village great value and one of the privileges of being old.

Spar sections and geodetics with steel plates and bomb bay floor area. J Ritchie photo

Today I am off to my wee local Corbett Ben Rinnes near Dufftown – It is grand to have a wee Corbett on the doorstep and Ben Rinnes at 814 metres is the nearest hill to my house in Burghead about an hour away it is also the North East most Northerly Corbett. An isolated hill near Dufftown whisky country it has great views of the Moray Firth and the Cairngorms which on a great day always look stunning. The views and the weather should be okay and the  hill though a short walk it will be a fun few hours out. The Friends of Ben Rinnes help look after this hill and the path at the top it steeper and to me there is always a wind near the summit tors. It should be winter on the tops. The views would bee good but looking over to the Moray Firth there are now a fair few wind – farms with more to come. A sign of the times.

some of the wreckage

There is an aircraft crash on this hill of a Wellington HF746 -B  that crashed on the 14 Nov 1943. The Wellington was from nearby Lossiemouth and it crashed  killing both of the two crew a Sgt Grove who is buried in Evesham cemetery. The other Sgt Rennie was taken to Glasgow.  The aircraft got caught in a violent snowstorm and crashed whilst on a night Exercise from RAF Lossiemouth.

There had been a few tales on this aircraft but that is what I could find through my contacts as information was very scant. Thanks to Ray Sefton for the updated information on this aircraft crash.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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