THE PAST IN COLOUR

Evergreen - - Summer 2016 -

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!

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