All things that go


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Today’s trip was to the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford. It was Tadpole’s first time and I hadn’t been since I was a teenager (it transpires it’s hubby’s first time too, despite living in Aberdeenshire his whole life!).

The place is filled with all manner of transport from bicycles and motorcycles, to cars, trucks, vans, buses, trams and even rickshaws and sedan chairs. There’s so much to see and you can even clamber aboard some of the exhibits, such as the horse-drawn tram, electric tram, double-decker bus and tank – it’s fun to get inside them, even if they do remain stationary!

An extra treat was the Capri rally which was being held right outside, so we stayed a while to watch the cars parade and to see a few speeding around the track.

And nearby is the Alford Valley Railway, where you can hop onto a carriage and be taken on a short trip by steam train. We all enjoyed this, but Tadpole was especially delighted by this little trip.

The sun even managed to creep out from behind the clouds while we were on the train, so we took in the beautiful scenery of the Aberdeenshire countryside in the sunshine as we rode the train.

If you’re ever in the area, it’s well worth a visit – great for kids of all ages (and that includes the grown-up ones!), and there’s a little cafe where you can grab a light lunch too.

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