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I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion about where I could post a resupply parcel to Tarfside area (or Auchronie or Cairncross or Fernybank)? I'm a bit stuck as I can't find a post office anywhere near our route.
Suggestions greatly appreciated!
My last resupply parcel is usually collected from a campsite or hostel at Braemar or Ballater. From Tarfside, most people go the trade route, calling at The Retreat for breakfast (not yet reopened as being refurbished, I think) then on to Edzell for a meal at The Tuck Inn, pop into the shop for breakfast and lunch the next day, then onto the campsite. The next day most people will pass a cafe at some point, at Charlestown Fruit Farm, St Cyprus or maybe House of Dun. So maybe you don't need a resupply near Tarfside, depending on which direction you are coming from.
Is The Retreat closed for renovations? I was hoping to drop by...
My understanding is the museum itself is open, but the cafe refurbishment is not finished https://www.gleneskfolkmuseum.org/cafe
Thanks for the updates on the Glenesk Folk Museum cafe.
On their website it looks like they are only open Tues- Thurs with very limited menu offerings.
Unfortunately, our route ends at Dunnottar Castle, and doesn’t pass Edzell (nor any other town really until nearly the coast). Fernybank is the last town we pass through during last two days walk.
Maybe we just have to plan to carry more food from Braemar….
I'm guessing you are walking from Braemar to Tarfside via the Spittal of Glenmuick. If you are heading via Glendye to the Fetteresso and on to Dunnottar, you are probably right,there are no other resupply points and you will need to carry for the last few days. There is another cafe is at Clatterin Brig, but that is probably too far out of your way. There may also be a small shop and a cafe at Auchnblae, and a farm shop with cafe at Castleton, but still out of you way.
Sounds similar to our route, Tarfside to Glen of Drumrochty (with stop at Clattering Brig), then the final day's roadwalk to Dunnottar and Stonehaven. We are planning to carry all we need out of Braemar. Clatterin' Brig and (formerly) The Retreat are the only good stops I'm aware of along that route.
Thanks Louise and Kent for your expert insights!!
We are passing through Spittal of Glenmuick on the way to Tarfside and through Cairn O Mount on the way to Dunnottar Castle. You’re right that most of the suggested stops are out of our way, but maybe we will make a detour to the Clatterin Brig for the reward of hot lunch!! I hope we will be so tough by then another two days’ supply to carry will be nothing.
Many thanks again!!