THE PAST IN COLOUR
It’s summer 1959 but where? A clue is in the design of the hotel which places it firmly in a particular part of Britain. You can find similar conical pinnacles on many French chateaux but they are not abundant on this side of the Channel. The colours of the stone and the roof are also big clues.
Moving from right to left we have an interesting array of cars. Nearest to the camera is a Rover 75, next to which is a green Morris Traveller. Next to that appears to be a red and white Wolseley 1500, then maybe a black Austin Princess and the rear of a black Ford, possibly a Consul. The next two cars are obscured, maybe another Austin and a Morris Minor. The maroon car looks like a Wolseley 5, 15 or 16, next to which is a blue and white Ford, possibly another Consul, then an unknown car and finally a white VW Beetle.
The combined signs read Invercauld Arms Hotel, today prefixed by the word “Bay”, an old coaching inn dating back to 1645. Surrounded by hidden glens, ancient pine forests, plus snow- capped mountains in winter, you have probably already pinpointed the traditional Scottish architecture but where is the actual location?
At 1,000 feet above sea level, in the Cairngorms National Park in the Grampian mountains, and only a stone’s throw from the Balmoral estate in Deeside, the village enjoys royal patronage for its annual Highland Games. Got it yet? Braemar in deepest Aberdeenshire!