If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise. Or yesterday, at least. And not bears, but haggis. Sprinkled with a bit of fairy dust … let us explain.
Formartine’s, in the heart of Aberdeenshire, has become of our favourite stomping grounds. On the edge of the Haddo Estate, the restaurant and food hall has gone from strength to strength since springing into life a few years ago – but there’s more than fine food on offer, with woodland walks around the banks of the old lake (not a loch!) the other half of the magic formula.

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But anyway, back to the haggis. To follow on from the Burns Night celebrations, Formartine’s lifted the lid on a little known secret – forests full of haggis, or haggii. The 4th annual Haggis Hunt ran on January 28 and 29, with the overflowing car park a good pointer to its popularity.
Not quite as hard to find as wee timorous beasties, the elusive haggis weren’t easy to spot – but they were there if you looked hard enough. Armed with a map (and obligatory tammy hat), we hunted down a handful of them lurking among the tree roots and under rocks.
Trails wind their way around the fishing lake, with bridges for pooh sticks as well as swings to rest weary welly-clad feet dotted through the woods, making it the perfect spot to while away an afternoon.


As for the fairy dust, you need to look closely for that too – but the signs are there. In the bases of trees and carved into trunks, a network of fairy houses to discover suggests the haggii don’t live alone. They’d even hung out the tartan bunting in honour of the Bard.
There’s always something different to explore and little surprises to enjoy, making it one of the great walking spots in the north-east for families with young children.


The lure of a cake, coffee or something more substantial from the mouth-watering Formartine’s menu at the end of a gentle walk is always there too. When the weather’s clear the restaurant’s outside terrace is a lovely option, overlooking the ever-popular woodland play park.
Neighbouring the National Trust for Scotland’s stunning Haddo House, just a 45-minute drive from Aberdeen, there’s plenty to see and do for those keen to make a day of it. It comes highly recommended – whether in haggis season or not.

 

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanja says:

    nice photos! 🙂 #mondayescapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Thank you , love going there-lots to snap!

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  2. tots2travel says:

    I love this post, i spotted it on Facebook. Formartine’s is a gem, busy but a gem. Love the food and the cakes, the play area is a bonus too. And so close to Haddo, can’t argue with that.
    #mondayescapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      The play area is great isn’t it -and I am partial to the Eggs Florentine too! It is a great place.

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  3. travelingchristie says:

    It looks os magical, and ooh the fairy dust. I want to pend more time exploring Scotland, thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      My girls love the fairy houses, there are swings placed throughout the woods too and a bridge for pooh sticks- ticks all the boxes!

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  4. Looks a great place to go exploring. Always better if there is a chance of cake at the end of a walk hehe! #MondayEscapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      haha true, cake always helps!

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  5. You have such beautiful photos in here and it makes me want to head down to the woods today too, albeit we need a little more sun! #MondayEscapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Thank you, it is a lovely spot we are lucky to have such a great place nearby!

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  6. That looks like so much fun and such a beautiful place to blow away the winter cobwebs. #mondayescapes

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  7. I love this idea and I know Tin Box Tot would too. I’d have to explain how a haggis differed from a fairy or Gruffalo, which she is more used to seeking on this kind of trail, but I’m sure she’d get the hang of it 🙂 #awanderfulchildhood

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      The children liked trying to find where they were hiding out-we didn’t even manage to come across them all! It is a lovely walk and area -great fun.

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  8. I love it!! My OH is Scottish so we always have a Burns Night celebration here. It’s not the same in London, though. I’m desperate to go haggis hunting in the woods….

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      It was great fun , my littlest wasn’t too keen on the Tammie hats though haha.

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  9. Four Acorns says:

    Looks magical! There are a couple of fairy woodland trails here in Ireland too, and the kids love them.
    #awanderfulchildhood

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  10. Siân says:

    I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster award. Congratulations! It has been such a pleasure reading your blog posts! Especially loved the post about Queens, Castles and Quidditch – you write very well, and your posts are always so gripping! Check out my nomination and some questions to get to know you more: https://ladyinalandy.wordpress.com/the-liebster-award-2017/ Please take time to write the post (if it’s a YES from you), it’s no rush, but kindly let me know if you publish the acceptance post! Thank you 🙂

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  11. Helena says:

    What a wonderful place to ignite one’s imagination.#AWanderfulChildhood

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