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The Parish of Blairdaff and Chapel of Garioch

The Parish of Blairdaff and chapel of Garioch extends from Insch in the north to Monymusk in the south and worships in two churches, Chapel of Garioch in the foothills of Bennachie and Blairdaff to the south. The Parish includes the villages of Chapel of Garioch, Logie Durno, Whiteford, Pitcaple and the tiny village of Blairdaff.

We are a lively and growing Church of Scotland congregation which encompasses all age groups. Children and young people are always very welcome to stay in church for the whole service, though we do run Sunday Schools.

If you are a visitor or new to the area you are especially welcome and we hope you will stay for our time of fellowship following the service.


Martyn's Cycle Challenge

Day 1- 11th June

We gathered outside Chapel of Garioch Church at 8.30am to wave Martyn (and his support team) off with our prayers and best wishes. The weather was not looking very promising so I was very pleased to hear that he had reached Contin near Strathpeffer by 3pm and that the weather had been kind and stayed dry for most of the day.

Day 2 - 12 June

It sounds like it was a very tough day, here is the report from Martyn:

The hardest day cycling I've had. Westerly wind straight into my face for the first fifty miles. I think the forecast said gusty up to around 25 mph and it was so gusty they were feeling it in the car. Had to abandon Applecross pass due to heavy rain wind and very poor visibility, we could only see about 20 yards ahead. So we put the bike on the car and drove to Applecross. Then started cycling again. The weather improved in the afternoon. The last ten miles were good resurfaced road, wind behind and flat.

Day 3 - 13 June

The weather wasn't any kinder today, here is Martyn's report:

Another day of wind and rain. However things picked up in the last hour or so. Despite the weather some fantastic scenery.
Left Kinlochewe at 9.00am and arrived in Ullapool at 2.40pm. Hope to get a chance to look around the town.

Day 4 - 14 June

It sounds like today was a much better day, here's today report:

What a wonderful day! Lochs, burns and glens - all fantastically beautiful. A perfect day for cycling, but very demanding terrain.
We left the pretty town of Ullapool early, so we reached our destination earlier than planned. So we had time to do an extra14 miles from Rhiconich to Durness. That will take some miles off tomorrow.

Day 5 - 15 June

I was getting a bit concerned as no report appeared in my in-box on Thursday. It arrived this morning, so all is well and here it is:

Today's run was along the north coast from Durness to just short of John O'Groats.
Don't let anyone fool you that it's flat; it is not. So another demanding day but with assistance from a SW breeze.
The sun shone until the heavens opened about 5 miles from Thurso, where we stopped for a new gear cable.
Getting tired!

Day 6 - 16 June

Martyn's report for day 6:

The sun shone at times today and there were beautiful views across the North Sea.
Progress was impeded by a strong SW wind. However it was dry - until we were 20 miles from Alness when it rained. So arrived at the B&B very wet once again.
We did find a good curry house in Alness.
Last day tomorrow.

Day 7 - 17 June

Martyn's report for day 7:

We left Alness at 8:15am and arrived back in Chapel of Garioch at 2:45pm.All the way from Inverness we were assisted with a d=strong SW breeze. An uneventful day - except, it didn't rain!

So, back home.


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Minister - Rev. Martyn Sanders

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