for a half day rafting hootenanny of a mothers day this Sunday! Call 01309 611 729 and quote “MumGoesFree” or enter that code when you book online
It all started on the Island of Crete with raucous chants and rhythmic dances worshiping Rhea, the mother of gods. Today we celebrate the our mothers for the unconditional love and guidance they have provided over the years.
At Ace we all love our Maw or Mither as they say up in these parts and no better way than to join us and our mums this Sunday on a fabulous river adventure rafting down the stunning River Findhorn for mothers day.
Saturday the 18th June saw the second 2016 Moray Triple Disc Golf Tournament played on the three local courses. This event is the 9th Tournament in the Quaich Tour of Scotland and is a 58 hole marathon of disc golf offering a broad variance in courses that challenge the players both physically and mentally. Followed by a social BBQ and charity auction raising funds for MFR Cash 4 Kids. Enjoying a respite from the recent persistent rain 24 players battled it out across four divisions; Open, Amatuer, Ladies & Junior.
Junior 1st place Andrew Lamb
Starting at 8:00 am with 13 holes at Craggan Golf, Foot Golf & Disc Golf Course near Grantown on Spey then onto a tree course (instead of baskets players throw to marked trees) at Altyre Estate for 18 gruelling holes masterminded by Ted Olsen of Forres. Last but by no means least 27 holes completed the Moray Triple at ACE Adventure disc golf course based by the River Findhorn.
Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It follows similar rules to traditional ball golf where the aim is to have the lowest number of throws to complete the course. Players use special frisbee’s thrown from a tee toward a special chained basket that catches the discs. Once the disc comes to rest in the basket it is “known as holed out”.
One of the reasons the sport is in such rapid growth with large percentages of the populations of Sweden, Finland, Norway & the USA enjoying disc golf on a regular basis is due to the inclusiveness. It is a great sport for all levels and abilities, ideal for families. To find out more about the world of disc golf, which countries play and where courses and competitions are visit the Professional Disc Golf Association website.
Tournament Player Results
It was excellent to see a full field in each division, Junior, Ladies, Amateur & Open. Players came from far afield as Canada with an exceptionally long day up and back for Seamus Scanlon from Reboot Disc Golf at Dunbar. Each player received a comprehensive players pack supplied by Innova Discs which included the rare Savant mid range driver, a swirl mini, cap, t-shirt, sticker and pencil. The players packs also featured an ACE Adventure branded Mercy Putter. Printed tile awards for 1st & 2nd in each division and pins for CTP & and any Aces.
Emily Ingram, Trevor Bechtel & John Bruce
The juniors all stayed up too late the night before and were overcome with teenage lethargy not undertaking any of the holes at ACE. Consequently Scottish junior disc golf ambassador Andrew Lamb came in first place with a round score of 125 followed by his older brother David Lamb taking out second place with a score of 138.
The ladies brought as always some flair and glamour to the day with Emily Ingram making her debut disc golf outing, talk about jumping in the deep end! Sheila Smart was unable to fully complete the rounds at ACE & Altyre due to ankle injury. Congratulations to both for persevering in what is a baptism of fire when it comes to a disc golf tournament! Tracey Lamb continued with her success as the leading Scottish ladies player scooping up 1st with a total round score of 263 and a well deserved 2nd place to Emily with a respectable first time score of 363.
Ladies 1st place Tracey Lamb
With a field of five the amateur division saw Ed Inglis & Phil Knights on their tournament debut turn in respectable scores of 279 & 241 respectively. John Smart continues to improve dramatically with a score of 236. Keith Alison from Edinburgh turned in a total round score of 214 coming 1st with local postie Neil Owen getting second with a score of 220.
A huge open field saw a tight battle in midfield with only three shots separating 3rd to 7th places. The tournament cash payout of £260.00 was divided into the top 5 players with UK No. 1 player Hamish Blair from Aberdeen streaking ahead with a total round score of 178 and taking home the coveted Open 1st place tile and £93.60. John Bruce from Glasgow put in a very respectable score of 184 taking home the Open 2nd place tile and £63.70. Trevor Bechtel from Bankfoot with a score of 200 was a clear third kindly donating his winnings of £44.20 to MFR Cash 4 Kids. Tied in 4th was Seamus Scanlon and Ted Olsen with scores of 201, Seamus kindly donated his £29.25 to MFR Cash 4 Kids.
Check out the blow by blow holes scores on Skoorin;
Tournament BBQ & MFR Cash for Kids Charity Auction
The awesome team at ACE Adventure had the BBQ at full tilt with many hungry mouths to feed, an assortment of superb sausages and burgers from Macbeths Butchers in Forres washed down with either the Blond or Stout from Windswept Brewery filled the gap while the final calculations from the days play were compiled. Tracey Cheesecake supplied a couple of enormous cakes to celebrate several birthdays, the summer solstice and of course the Moray Triple.
The 1st & 2nd player awards were then passed out as mentioned above. In addition John Bruce snared a fashionable ace pin (an ace in disc golf is the term used for a hole in one). Neil Owen won the longest putt with an outstanding 20 meter put on hole 1 at the ACE Adventure disc golf course. Hamish Blair and Rory Curran both won a CTP pin (closest to the basket from the tee).
Local Rock Band Gallus cranked up the volume and rocked the night away as the players and supporters enjoyed warmth from dancing then resting at the large fire and Swedish candles in the middle of the fun arena!
Additional donations from those attending the BBQ, players winnings and the ACE Pot and Scratch Cash from the Sunday League made a total charity donation of £302.31 for MFR Cash for Kids.
For those that stayed on at ACE Hideaways for the night the following morning was greeted with splendid weather of a sunny disposition and caressing warm south westerly. Seven brave and crusty folk still able to move participated in the Moray Disc Golf Sunday League.
Every week there is a scratch prize up for grabs consisting of one pound from every player. In addition there is a handicap prize which this week was a Vibram mini and to top it off there is also an ACE pot. Each week a pound goes into the ACE pot which rolls over to the following weeks if unclaimed!
Many thanks to the volunteers; Tracey Lamb, Thez Barrett, Seamus Scanlon, John Smart, Lewis Smart, Max Branter, Gavin Branter, Abigail Woolley, Nina Birss @ DJ Rossy Roo for helping make what was a great event possible.
We apologise for the interruption to our primary business land line towards the end of February.
The 01309 611 729 line in now open once more and semi functional with answering services for messages still yet to be accessible.
BT Accidental Disconnection
For the second time now in two years BT have accidentally disconnected our primary business line. The result was disconnection of broadband and internet services along with not being able to receive incoming enquiries.
Why did it happen?
Next door to the ACE Adventure Auchnagairn business premises is a domestic house which is leased out by Logie Estate. The last two times a new tenant has moved in and contacted BT for a phone line it has resulted in BT disconnecting the primary business line to ACE Adventure.
Likely issues causing the confusion for BT
Some time ago repair work by BT or Open Reach was carried out on the line that comes up to the Auchnagairn site from the road. At the road there is 5 x two pair cable, at the house there is 5 x 2 pair cable. In the middle the repaired it with 2 x 2 pair cable…..
The consequence of this short cut is it is now only possible to have two lines to the site.
There has also been a significant drop in internet speed since that repair to the line was carried out. There have been several complaints and engineers out but never has it been resolved properly as it was.
Where did BT go wrong?
While we cant possibly provide the reason for the miscommunication that resulted in a business line being cut after the request of a residential installation, we can detail the experience and findings to date.
ACE Staff contacted BT once it was evident the line was disconnected. A log of time spent by staff contacting BT has been compiled and is to be frank, staggering howmuch time was spent.
Since the 28th February and to the time of writing this all services are still not reconnected as they were.
The recent bill from BT includes fees for reconnection and early cancellation under contract.
Call Answer dial tone can be heard but cant be accessed.
Overall customer service has been atrociously inefficient, after all it was a mistake made by BT.
A cancellation notice letter was issued stating we had 6 days to notify BT if we did not want the line disconnected. That arrived after the line was disconnected.
What could BT have done?
Called ACE Adventure to confirm before disconnecting the line.
Once disconnected allocated the issue to a higher level that dealt with the whole issue in BT’s time liasing with the various departments. Rectified the problem in an appropriate time frame, ensured it was tested and correctly working as before, ensured billing would be correct and provided compensation for lost business
Where are we at?
Given the exact same thing happened pretty much 12 months ago we had the contact details for a complaints department under the CEO of BT. The number for that departments is 0800 032 5115. We spoke just today with a Mr. Colin Davidson who initially requested I contacted billing but on further explanation and insistence that BT need to deal with all of this and in their time, said would pass on to an administration department and that I would be contacted. When asked what time frame the was no answer. Fingers crossed as we have great faith in Colin and he is Scottish which is a bonus.
What needs corrected now is:
Answer service to 01309 611 729
Correct billing as we would not expect to pay for any disconnection and connection services or penalties for early breach of contract
Compensation for staff time
Compensation for lost business
Correct repair of the line to the premises
Apology and assurance that it wont happen a third time (this may require some changes to policy and procedure)
Given ACE Adventure is a small business dealing with a giant we are pretty helpless at the end of the day and can only hope that BT have the fortitude to correct the mistake they made. Its a tight community at ACE and we have several mouths to feed, interruptions like this distress the business and make it all to apparant the vulnerabilities faced as a small business.
Our continued experience and journey will be made available on social media channels
Chloe Hunter recently got in touch with ACE to help with her efforts to raise funds for Project Trust and as always we are happy to do our bit to help.
Having been selected to go to Zambia in August 2016 for a year to voluntarily teach maths and physics to secondary school children, Chloe will be living as a local for the year getting to know their culture and lifestyles whilst teaching and developing her own life skills.
Chloe needs to raise £6,200 and will be from fundraising, sponsorship and grants. A number of events will be hosted including a masquerade ball in January and there are items to raffle off. ACE has provided £100.00 worth of activity vouchers to help toward the target.
A sponsored bungee jump is also scheduled for the 6th of December at Killiecrankie.
Is an educational charity sending school leavers in their year out to work voluntarily in over 20 countries. They aim to provide volunteers educational experience through living and working with people in communities very different to those in which they grow up in, without taking work from local people.
We’ve got one more story to tell about the history around the river Findhorn; River Battles. One of those battles requires us to go back to the 14th century. Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, lives on the far side of the Findhorn, at Darnaway. Sir Alexander Cumming and his six sons live on our side, the ACE side, of the river. Right, the setting has been set. Time to tell you what happened…
The Cummings were allowed to hunt in the forest of Darnaway for as long as they could remember. However, they were out of favor with Randolph and his uncle, King Robert the Bruce, because they had supported the English Edward I in the War of Independence. They were soon told to keep off Darnaway, their original hunting grounds. This infuriated them!
Alastair, the eldest of the six sons, gathered a thousand men. He set forth, at midnight, to attack Randolph at Darnaway. Randolph foresaw that would happen and ambushed them in a deep ravine at Whitemire. Alastair’s party did not see this coming, suffered heavy losses and was forced to retreat. Alastair and the remains of his army retreated back to the river, where they were trapped.
With the river on one side, and Randolph’s army on the other side, Alastair had no where to go. He then threw his standard across the river, shouting: “Let the bravest keep it!”. He leapt the chasm with four of his followers and managed to get to the other side.
Randolph eventually tracked Alastair and his allies to a cave where they had taken refuge. He lit a fire at the mouth to the cave and, refusing Alastair’s pleas to be let out to die by the sword, smoked them to death.
The legend continues to tell that he cut off their heads and threw them to Alastair’s father in the besieged Dunphail Castle with the cruel taunt: “Here is beef for your bannocks”. The old chief, recognizing the head of his son, is reputed to have replied: “It is a bitter morsel, indeed, but I will gnaw the last bone of it ‘ere I surrender”. They did not survive for long.
Their heads were also cut off and placed on long staves and sent to the local towns to tell of Randolph’s victory.
The place where Alastair leapt the river is now known as Randolph’s Leap, is the narrowest section of the gorge, and part of the Full Day White Water Rafting trip. It is still a big question why the leap is not named after Alastair.
Elaine Torley got in touch with ACE to help raise funds for Raigmore Hospital Special Care Baby Unit.
We are doing a fundraising gala to raise money for scbu inverness. We will be holding a fun packed day for all the family on Oct The 3rd from 10 till 2. At the James Cameron community center in Dalneigh. We have fire engine ice cream van. Face painters & so much more.
Sounds like a great event with lots of fun, bouncy castle, face painting, Sand Art, Tattoo Art, Balloon Modelling, Beat the Goalkeeper, Tea and Cake and the first ever Hope Falconer Memorial Gala Princess Hopes mum will pick the winner and crown the princess.
In this part of ‘The River Findhorn’ series, we will take a closer look at a single stone, standing firmly, close to the river banks. This stone is over a thousand years old and tells a romantic story… with a tragic ending. Then again, what else could we expect from the old barbaric history of Scotland.
A story of tragic love…
The story must have taken place prior to the final overthrow of the Norse invaders in 1010. The Danes took control over parts of Moray’s lowland and moved further inland; pillaging, and burning without mercy. Though, their barbaric deeds did not go unopposed…
King Fergus, based at the royal residence of Lochindorb, mustered a powerful army of Highlanders and lay in wait for the Norseman by the Findhorn. The conflict was short-lived. The Moray men gained a complete victory, carrying off the Danish leader, Prince Harold, to Lochindorb Castle, where he was placed a prisoner of war. Gradually, the invaders were all driven to their ships, and peace and prosperity once more began to settle over the whole province.
Some time later, King Sewyn of Denmark sent an envoy to the Celtic Court who successfully negotiated a treaty of peace and alliance in the form of an arranged marriage between the captured Prince and Malvina, King Fergus’s only daughter. By this time the Prince and Princess, who were not informed of their fathers’ plans, had fallen in love and planned to run away from Lochindorb to Denmark.
They reached the Findhorn at Dulsie, but could not cross due to the high water. Both riding the King’s favorite grey horse, they plunged into the torrent but were washed away. Their bodies, still clasped together, were taken out of the river at Glenferness. The Princess stone, originally carved with Celtic inscriptions, is said to mark their burial place. And so ends a story of love…
Some time has passed since this blog series started. During that time, we’ve mainly talked about the history behind the river Findhorn. We told the sad, but romantic, story of the princess and the Danish prince… We relived the floodings of past years… We learned of Alastairs’ fate after his encounter with Randolph… And now, it is time to look at what else lives in, on, and around the ever flowing river Findhorn…
The hurried person will often not see, or notice, because he is in a rush. For the unnoticed to become noticed, one has to take time and really look. When one really looks, he will see. He will find life around the Findhorn. We will introduce a few animals that can be found around the Findhorn. Dear reader of this blog, please meet…
The Red Squirrel The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species, and was once a common sight across all of mainland Britain. Today, red squirrels are sadly absent from most of England and Scotland’s central belt. However, they can be found all around the Findhorn, mostly spotted near Randolph’s Leap.
Red squirrels rely on woodland. They feed, nest and breed in trees and need good amounts of well-managed woodland to survive. Loss of woodland in the past has caused difficulties, but our woodland resource is currently expanding for a variety of reasons. Their biggest problem, is the introduction of grey squirrels. These animals were brought over from North America in the late 19th and early 20th century by people who thought they would make an attractive addition to our parks. Unfortunately, grey squirrels survive well, out-competing the smaller, more specialized red squirrels. Once found across Britain, red squirrels have been lost from most of England and Wales.
The grey squirrels also brought disease and while they have developed resistance to many of the virusses and diseases, these diseases created new threats for our red squirrels. This is possibly the single greatest risk to the future of red squirrels in Scotland.
The Barn Owl Perhaps the most familiar owl, the barn owl will often hunt during the day and be seen ‘circling’ over fields and grasslands looking for its next meal. However, barn owls are also perfectly adapted to hunt in darkness with deadly precision: their silent flight and heart-shaped face, which directs high-frequency sounds, helps them to find mice and voles in the vegetation. There’s been a barn owl spotted around Randolph’s Leap quite a few times.
The Oystercatcher You can’t mistake the oystercatcher. Both sexes are similar, having black plumage with a white underbelly. They have a loud piping alarm call on the ground and in flight. The nest is usually a depression in stony ground. Both adults take turns to incubate the two or three eggs, which are slightly smaller than a domestic hen’s and heavily speckled. When the oystercatcher chicks hatch, they are always fed by the adults. Their main food at this time is earthworms, and because the chicks do not feed themselves, usually only two chicks survive to grow to adult size.
These are just three of the many animals that live around the Findhorn. Are you interested in knowing more about the local wildlife? Leave us a comment on the Facebook post, or send us a message, and we will post another blog about the others! Maybe even make it in a mini series… 😉
“The traveller by the Findhorn cannot see the glory of the streams as he takes his ease in his motor-car. If he prefers that method of travelling and wishes, at the same time, to view riverscenery, he must take himself to the Clyde, Dee, Tweed, or Spey, where the tame waters permit the engineer to lay his roads along the very banks. The Findhorn cannot be won with so little trouble. The traveller must go on foot along woodland tracks and be prepared to scramble up and down the narrow paths of the salmon fishers.”
Quote by Thomas Henderson – The Findhorn
A Raging History of Floodings
The Findhorn is not the calmest of rivers. It has known quite a few floodings, but the most crazy of floods (recorded in history books), happened in August, of the year 1829. The water rose by 50 feet in Randolph’s Leap and destroyed hundreds of acres land all along the Findhorn. Houses were destroyed. Watermills were lost. Bridges were swallowed. Though, very few lives were taken.
The video below shows the flooding last year in September.
There are two inscribed stones placed in a cage on the cliffs at Randolph’s Leap, which you will most surely encounter when you walk around the footpaths. One is placed near the actual leap, and one on the point where the Divie and Findhorn come together. These stones mark the water level of that day; the highest water level recorded so far. Next time you walk around Randolph’s Leap; keep an eye out for them and be amazed!
The newly built meal-mill and carding-mill at Dunphail were completely ruined. The miller and his family only escaping with assistance from neighbours who managed to secure a rope to pull them across the torrent. Another family managed to escape from their house at about eight o’clock on the evening of the flood, with a blanket or two and a small bag of meal. They sat huddled, with their animals, on a small patch of higher ground, completely surrounded by water, awaiting rescue. There they sat for nearly 24 hours before a boat managed to reach them, by which time the weather was clearing and the water level was dropping.
The land of Forres, which the Findhorn passes to feed into the Moray Firth, was completely taken over by the sheer force of this remarkable flood. From Mundole, about two miles to the west of Forres, and from Forres to Findhorn, the whole land was under water.
The increased rainfall, that caused the flood, didn’t just affect the Findhorn, but also the Lossie and Spey. It is believed that for all rivers, the flood in the year 1829 is the highest flood recorded. The situation was made worse by the fact that it had been unusually hot during the months May, June and July, and the baked ground was unable to absorb water quickly.
Our planet has some great rivers. The Amazon in Brazil. The Zambezi in Africa. The Cahabòn River in Guatemala. They usually flow towards an ocean, a sea, lake or into another river. Some are peaceful. Others run wildly through the landscape. Rivers were (and are) great locations for settlements. They provide us with food, recreation, transportation routes, energy, drinking water, and so on. This blog is the start of a 5-part mini-series that will focus on the river Findhorn, its history, and its surroundings.
The Beginning of a Story
Once upon a time… In a land far away… Or… Nearby… Depending on where you are right now… Oh well, Scotland… The point I’m trying to get to is that the Findhorn is the river where we do all our water activities. We raft the upper or lower section based on the water level and run the middle section for the family trips (where the rapids are a bit easier). This beautiful river starts all the way in the mountain section between Loch Ness and the Cairngorm National Park; the Monadhliath Mountains. It is fed by several networks of small burns. It winds its way across and through huge masses of glacial moraine (rocks of all sizes deposited by glacial action).
The original name of the Findhorn was the Water of Erne. The meaning is not certain, but is thought to come from the pagan Goddess Eire. The prefix Fionn (white) was probably added by the clerics of the Roman Catholic Church in Moray to distinguish the river from other Ernes.
The Findhorn is buried with history and some great stories. We will share some of those stories in the upcoming blogs. So be sure to keep an eye out for them!
The weather’s been strange today. Then again, I guess it is kind of what we can expect in Scotland; a little bit of rain, some sunshine here and there, and quite a few clouds. The evening is calm, while elsewhere in Europe storms rage over the land. The clouds have made a perfect little opening for the sun to show his face.
Meanwhile, there are five pillars of smoke taking to the sky in the forest at Ace Hideaways. The smoke is coming from the campfires that are free to use. Currently, each group has made their own. Some are barbecuing. Some are enjoying the sunset in the west. Two little boys are gathering as much wood as they can. Others are reading a book. It is a great evening. The campsite is filled with all different kinds of people. Couples. Young families. A group of friends…
Slowly the sun is fading away. The fires keep burning. It will still take a few hours before it is really getting dark. Let’s hope tomorrow is going to be just as nice as tonight. As tomorrow, the weekly Sunday League will take place at Ace Adventure again.
Will you be the next one to visit us at Ace Hideaways?
When organizing a hen party, you want something special. You want something unique. Something you don’t do any other day of the week. Of course there will be a big party in the evening, probably including a lot of drinking. But then the question arises… What to do during the day?
A girly spa day? Beauty treatments? Or… Splashing down white water rapids in a raft, tube or canoe? This could even go hand in hand with girls vs girls paintball or making the day unforgettable with a canyoning trip… The most important thing is; creating an unforgettable, special day.
Ace Adventure can help you with the activities during the day. You could choose for a full day white water rafting on the beautiful and savage river Findhorn or split the day in two. River Tubing in the morning, paintball in the afternoon? Other combinations are of course also possible.
So, did you get the task to organize a hen party? Are you still looking for some unforgettable things to do during the day? Search no further. Contact Ace Adventure.
If outdoor activities are not your cupcake, be sure to check out Organise a Hen for some other great things to do.
Despite a poor forecast the conditions were far better than expected for the inaugural Moray Disc Golf Sunday League round at the Craggan Disc Golf Course. Light cool winds and the odd spit of rain did not hamper the spirits of the nine players for the day. A quick coffee was enjoyed before selecting from a wide range of some excellent brand new Prodigy rental discs. We then set off to play in two groups of a four and five.
Kiran lets one rip driving up the long hill on the 7th hole
John Smart was first on the scene, followed by the MacGregor family with a warm welcome to Satinder joining in for her first round. Finally a car load from ACE including first time player Iona Laing, daughter of Fergus Laing the course designer and owner.
Many thanks go to Fergus for a very well designed and kept course that is well signed. The moisture on the grass gave way to some excellent skips and the wind direction was opposite the prevailing norm giving way to some thought for disc selection and fabulous long cross wind holes.
Disc Golf Results
It was a nail biting finish on handicap scores of 68 between Robbie MacGregor and John Smart with Robbie pipping John at the post and snatching yet another disc with the sudden death play off for the Disccraft Buzz Disc prize that was kindly donated to Moray Disc Golf by Trevor Bechtel.
3rd May Moray Disc Golf Results
Jim Davis was three throws ahead of Andrew Lamb who made a tense late comeback for the scratch win of £9.00 which went back into the Ace Pot (hole in 1 prize) for the Craggan Disc Golf course Sunday League matches making it presently a total of £18.00.
Moray Disc Golf Craggan Players Table 3rd May 2015
Conditions on the day were overcast and cold with a slight breeze. A small spell of sleet delayed tee off by half an hour giving time for everyone to welcome and meet Roy, Vivian, Caspar and Robin from Kellas Estate for their first go at Disc Golf experience, hopefully we will see a lot more of them.
Farewell to Lewis Smart
Lewis stands as the most played for Sunday League after Sanyam bowed out due to family commitments. That wont be for long as sadly Lewis is moving south to frolic in the Cornish seaside. Your multiple playing styles will be missed.
A day of Sudden Death Playoff
Andrew Lamb and Jim Davis came in with scores of 51 with Jim managing a good drive on from the 1st tee and managing a birdie while Andrew narrowly missed the birdie from a long put. A great round from Andrew with his lowest score to date.
Graeme Gordon and Tracey Lamb battled it out on the handicap sudden death playoff having done the eighteen holes with a handicap score of 46. Any comments on how the playoff went appreciated. It was commented that Graeme as ever chivalrous, however Tracey has been improving in leaps and bounds.
As can be seen from the players table, most players are seeing consistent improvement notably Robbie and Ewan MacGregor. Given they have had no in-between league day practice we might be in for a surprise next week as they borrowed one of the portable disc golf baskets and some discs for some garden practice.
Inaugural Moray Disc Golf Sunday League at Craggan
It is with much anticipation and excitement that the next Sunday League match will be played at Craggan Golf Course near Grantown on Spey. Everyone is welcome from seasoned players to newbies. You can indicate your intention to come on the Moray Disc Golf Facebook Event Page we would love to see you. Also turn up on the day at 10:30 this Sunday the 3rd May and sign in at Craggan Outdoors Cafe.
Considerably different to the ACE disc golf course, the Craggan course is an excellent compliment to Disc Golf in the area featuring stunning manicured long open fairways with water features, ideal to get your drive on. Considered a harder Red grade par three, nine basket course.
The best turn out to date with 13 players battling it out for the days prizes shows that Disc Golf is growing fast in Moray.
1st Place Scratch
From a tight battle with Ted Olsen down to the final hole which was an exciting heart break hill finale as both players went for the putt instead of laying up coming from one shot down Jim Davis took out the Scratch prize with a score of 52. The Signed Prodigy M3 Disc was donated to junior Robbie McGreggor for an outstanding round fore hand round of 65. The Scratch Winnings of £13.00 were donated to the ACE Pot making the next Sunday League round a minimum of £81.00 up for grabs for an ACE! (hole in one)
1st Place on Handicap
Tracey Lamb had a blinding round of 71 smashing everyone on handicap. The Signed Prodigy M5 Disc will suit her game well and has already been broken in with a number of par holes.
New players to the tournament were David Lamb with a very respectable round of 65 for his first time and Bruno Materna scoring 75.
Kiran MacGregor had a fabulous round 14 shots under her previous and is one to watch in the juniors. Now officially the number one Female Moray Junior Disc Golf player and hot on the heels in the womens division!
Current League Table
Anyone wanting to try out Disc Golf follow the Moray Disc Golf Facebook Page or turn up to play at Craggan Golf Course near Grantown on Spey or ACE Adventure Auchnagairn near Forres
Super sexy and now rare Prodigy M5 signed by International Hall of Fame disc golf legend Derek Robins and the two Scottish Prodigy Sponsored Team Players; Seonidh Charity & Hamish Blair.
Being the most under-stable mid range disc from Prodigy, this is a great disc for beginners with a slower arm speed or for advanced players who can throw it hard for sleek right curved flight paths or rollers. Also ideal for throwing down wind.
A well known and respected UK Disc Golf Hall of Fame Legend with a current PDGA Rating of 968 has been playing tournaments since 1998 with 57 career wins. Derek owns and runs a Disc Golf Course at Leamington Spa called Quarry Park. Derek has played Disc Golf in more countries than any other person on the planet and if my memory serves me correct 27. He has held every British Tour Trophy since 1990 at one point and been the winner of the coveted Mull Classic several times.
The current Scottish Champion from the 2014 Quaich Tour has a current PDGA rating of 972 hails from Ullapool and has been playing tournaments since 2006 with 5 wins.
Recent winner at the inaugural Loch Tay Open has a current PDGA rating of 973 also hails from Ullapool and playing tournaments since 2006 with 3 wins.
Both Seonidh and Hamish have two of the biggest arms in the UK and are expected to play at the coming The Moray Open. If you want to see some incredible distance throwers and pick up a few tips sign up for the tournament! There will be Open, Masters, Women’s, Amateur and Junior divisions with a suite of amazing prizes. No excuses, join in the fun.
This weekend Andrew Lamb and Jim Davis will be representing Moray Disc Golf by heading over to the stunning Isle of Mull to participate in four rounds of 18 holes with the hope of getting into the 6 hole final for their divisions at Fanmore. The event is also a long running fixture in the BDGA Tour Events.
Credit goes to the mystery photographer, please get in touch with ACE
Disc Golf on the Isle of Mull
The course is located at a croft called Fanmore which is one of, if not, the oldest disc golf course in the UK and well worth the journey. Facing West looking over the Isle of Ulva the steep landscape offers spectacular views and challenging play, particularly in windy conditions.
I am really looking forward to the weekend, the last event at Reboot was a lot of fun and the people are very friendly and encouraging to new players. It was some 13 odd years ago that Disc Golf was briefly introduced to me at a Stag Weekend that Gremlin was hosting at his croft on Mull for friends that knew each other from Zambia. It will be great to see Gremlin after all these years on his home turf. We got some practice in today in preperation as seen in the video, hopefully we will see the less wind and more sun than today!
There are some excellent images, course maps and information at the Mull Disc Golf website and it is never to late to register if you are looking for something amazing to do this coming Easter Weekend!
ACE is committed to advocating a sustainable environment and fully support and promote the work of the FNLT. A healthy river sports a healthy fishery. Below is a transcript of the work they have undertaken recently as outlined in their newsletter.
Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Flood Schemes come to Fruition
by Barbara Hellett, Forres Flood Alleviation Scheme Manager
Construction of both the Forres (River Findhorn & Pilmuir) and the Elgin Flood Alleviation Schemes is drawing to a close. On the River Findhorn large deposits of gravel which had accumulated over the years and which were stopping the river moving naturally within the flood plain have been removed. The effectiveness of this approach was seen in August 2014 following the highest river flows since 1970. The Scheme coped well in that it prevented flooding in Forres and Broom of Moy, although large volumes of sand, gravels, cobbles and boulders were moved changing the river’s appearance and course. Opening up the Back Run during medium to high flow events has restored the river to a more natural situation creating more wet woodland habitats which will increase biodiversity in the area.
Bob Laughton from the FNLFT was closely consulted throughout the works. He gave advice on fish biology to ensure that construction activities during particularly sensitive times such as spawning, did not detrimentally affect fish stocks. Given the large scale of the works, the Flood Scheme has done well in safeguarding the juvenile habitat and spawning areas within the mainstem of the river, securing fish populations for the future.
On the River Lossie, a range of habitats have been created by the lowering of the river banks to allow flood waters to flow into the recreated flood plain. A range of wet meadow, wildflower meadow and riparian woodland habitats have been created and a 1.5km length of new watercourse, the new Tyock / Linkwood Burn channel has been created. The bed of this channel was seeded with gravels of a similar nature to those in the existing Linkwood Burn and a number of habitat features including rocks and large woody debris have been placed in the river to increase the variety of habitats in the new channel. The channel has colonised well with recent invertebrate and fish surveys showing that these species are present. In addition, access to the river that is suitable for use by those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters has been created in two locations agreed with the Elgin Angling Association in 2008. Bases have been provided for fishing platforms that could be constructed by the angling association in the future.
A Bailiff’s life … is a happy one
Have you ever wondered what a river bailiff gets up to every day? Well meet the Findhorn bailiffs, Sean McLean and Billy Forrester and the Nairn bailiff, Alastair Skinner to find out more.
Bailiffs are employed by the District Salmon Fishery Boards to “protect, conserve and manage the migratory fish populations and their environment”, so not just to catch poachers. They have a vast territory to patrol, 68 miles of Findhorn River and 38 miles of Nairn River, as well as special patrols on the 30 miles of the River Lossie. They still work long and antisocial hours from dawn to the dead of night, patrolling stretches of the river in all weathers, popping up when they are not expected to check for illegal nets, bait or fishing tackle.
But their job is much broader now. They co-ordinate volunteers to control non-native predators such as mink, and they help with the control of non-native invasive plant species. They work with the FNLFT River Director to monitor the health of the river systems, helping with electrofishing surveys to assess fish populations in the river, conducting regular bird and seal counts, and interviewing anglers to assess fishing effort.
The bailiffs enjoy working outdoors, although not when they slip on ice and plop into the river in January as Alastair did recently. They enjoy meeting a wide range of people- from keen anglers who live and breathe fishing to organisations and individuals with wider river catchment concerns. Meeting and talking to people on the river is an important part of their job. They glean helpful information on potential illegal activities, as well as reports of mink and other predators, and yes, actual sightings of fish in the river and fish caught. So if you see characters behaving suspiciously, then please give your local bailiff a call.
And finally thanks go to Albert Duffus, who after over 20 years of bailiffing on the River Findhorn, retired in January 2015. The Findhorn DSFB and Forres Anglers presented Albert with a new set of golf clubs in recognition of his years on the river… and to ensure he keeps fit now he isn’t out patrolling the Findhorn in all weathers.
River Findhorn Bailiffs; Sean McLean 07920 483081 and Billy Forrester 07879 295670
River Nairn Bailiff: Alastair Skinner 07825 554808
Meetings and Events
Calling All Anglers. FNLFT Fly Fishing Competition at Achagour Trout Fishery Saturday 6th June Great angling prizes. Check www.fnlft.org.uk for further details and registration.
Extreme Duck Race at Logie Steading near Forres on Sunday 26th July (t.b.c.) An action packed event for all the family in the beautiful grounds of Logie Estate on the banks of the River Findhorn. Enter the extreme Duck Race and help raise funds to support the work of the FNLFT. Check www.fnlft.org.uk or www.logie.co.uk
Board and public meeting dates for the three District Salmon Fishery Boards and the FNLFT can be found on the Trust website www.fnlft.org.uk
The Moray Firth Trout Initiative
It has been a busy second year for the MFTI delivering a range a conservation and education projects around the Moray Firth.
The MFTI Education Programme strives to give children firsthand experiences of their local river through electrofishing demonstrations and kick sampling for invertebrates. A total of 386 pupils from 13 different schools benefitted from a MFTI river or classroom visit in 2014. FNLT Director, Bob Laughton, helped deliver sessions to seven S3 classes at Elgin Academy on using science and technology to research and better understand salmon and trout populations. We hope the talks inspired some budding biologists as well as developing our skills in speaking and engaging with this older age group.
The MFTI conducts routine electrofishing, habitat surveys and habitat restoration projects. More ground-breaking research projects include tracking large brown trout through the Deveron system and trialling the use of stable isotopes to determine if trout fry are of sea or brown trout origin.
A key objective of the MFTI has been to learn more about the brown trout populations in our rivers and lochs. Unlike sea trout there are no formal catch records and anglers tend to keep their catches to themselves. To fill this knowledge gap we ask local anglers to collect scales and we organise teams of volunteer anglers to fish in lochs and rivers. This summer we targeted Loch Dallas with some local volunteer anglers who caught, measured and collected scales from 11 trout in two days.
Another objective is to improve our understanding of sea trout in the marine environment and we have begun a seine netting programme targeted at catching sea trout, post smolts and finnock as well as other marine species including sea trout prey. So far we have netted in the Beauly and Dornoch Firths but the next targeted site is Findhorn Bay – so watch this space!
We are very short of scales from all forms of trout: sea, brown, ferox, slob and even finnock from the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie areas, so if you are a trout angler please get involved by getting your scale collection pack from Marcus Walters. All the hard work of all the organisations involved in the MFTI was acknowledged when Marcus Walters was awarded the “Wild Trout Hero Award” at the WTT conservation Awards in London in October 2014.
The first mink of the year, a female, was caught at Covesea near Lossiemouth in February by a local volunteer. Mink disperse at this time of year, looking for new territory and mates. So please contact a bailiff if you see any signs of mink in your area. Findhorn bailiff, Sean McLean 07920 483081 or Nairn bailiff, Alastair Skinner 07825 554808.
Wild Things! are recruiting volunteers to participate in their Blue Gym initiative to control invasive plants. Contact Jennie Martin at Wild Things! 01309 690450 or Bob Laughton at the FNLFT 01309 611220 for more information. www.wild-things.org.uk
ACE has been a long standing member of the IOL since 2007. It was originally a requirement of the the then insurance provider we used. The Institute of Outdoor Learning or otherwise known IOL has always been an interesting source of outdoor education information.
A quarterly magazine called Horizon is supplied without a blip over the period and the website http://www.outdoor-learning.org/ has grown over time and now shows clearly how it is one of the largest and most valued bodies for the support of providing excellent outdoor education.
The ACE model of outdoor education is quite passive, we aim to provide exceptionally high standard of activity from which the participation challenges personal comfort with the advantage of building self esteem while connecting to some of the most spectacular natural environment in Scotland.
The recent scottish windstorm that was dubbed Storm Rachel caused widespread havoc. At ACE we had power out for more than a week and a huge number of trees uprooted and snapped like toothpicks. Luckily little damage was done to buildings and thankfully no one was injured. There are some pretty impressive images in the gallery below.
Paintball Field and Disc Golf Course Damage
There were some very close calls to several disc golf baskets being crushed by the large number of fallen trees in the activity forest at Auchnagairn. Some trees were inches away from totally destroying the baskets which are used as “holes” to play disc golf. The course had recently been upgraded to host one of the tournaments for the Scottish Quaich Tour with a lot of time spent on clearing the fairways and course design.
“Looks like we will have to get the thinking caps back on once we clear the site and make it safe again as to how the course will be played. It may well be a blessing in disguise as we were looking to create another 9 holes at Blue rating meaning we needed some more length to the fairways.” Jim Davis, Managing Director
Access to the paintball field is completely obscured with the site looking like something from a Hollywood disaster film. There are a large number of big trees down with plenty caught up hanging from other trees so the site is totally unsafe to the public. Logie Estate will begin works early this week with heavy machinery to make the site safe and clear away the trees. The trees are a good size and mostly Larch which has a high value for building as it does not rot due to the resin content.
Nothing will be left to waste as the larger logs will be taken to the Mill at Altyre for milling, the backs coming back to the site for fence construction, some of the timber sold on and some retained for the campsite developments planned for 2015 at Auchnagairn. Limbs will be chipped and used in the biofurnace at Logie Estate.
Complimentary Year Long Paintball and Disc Golf Membership
Anyone who would like to help clear the site once the heavy machinery is off site and bring it all back to the former glory is invited to help out with the view to have the work finished by the end of January. In return to all those that help out ACE will offer a complimentary membership pass to play Disc Golf anytime for 2015 and no entry fee to play Paintball. The work will entail clearing tree debris and tidying up the fairways. If interested call 01309 611 729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACE Adventure are supporting Douglas fabulous efforts to spread the word and raise funds for the the MS Society by cycling from London to Paris.
The journey will be over four days covering 420 kilometres for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the MS Society who provide assistance for research into multiple sclerosis which is the most common autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system.
Please share and support Douglas raise funds and awareness for this devastating neurological condition which affects more than 2.5 million people.
ACE wish everyone a successful and more importantly a year that brings forward some of the more meaningful, valuable aspects of living that are often put on the back burner.
With the holiday season more or less done and dusted, its back to the real world of working amid the day to day ebb and flow of life in a modern world. Today something that has been in bubbling away in my mind came to the full light of day and it seems only logical to share these thoughts.
Normally at this time of year I would be running 10 day expeditions in Tasmania thoroughly pursuing my passion for white water rafting and re-charging my Why!
For a change this Christmas and New Year quality time was spent with family here in Scotland. To say the least, a wonderful enriching time was had by all and it never ceases to amaze me to see everyone grow and develop, all the more accelerated with uninterrupted focused time together. Read more ›
Some of Santas Helpers getting a lift in the rubber sleigh!
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How Protective is Paintball Armour Vs Traditional Body Armour?
Paintball is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable games that you can play in a safe and controlled environment. Any participant wanting to get involved at Ace Adventures can do so, as everyone is welcome – whether you have experience or not.
In terms of safety, it is of the upmost importance to keep your eyes protected during game play. Protective headwear is a must for every player with masks provided free of charge at Ace Adventure Woodland Paintball. Read more ›
Ace Adventure are Corporate Supporters of the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust (FNLT) and make regular donations toward the registered charity who are concerned with the sustainability of the Rivers we have such a kindred affinity for.
The FNLT are tasked with communication, restoration and research of the local rivers to our northern base in Moray and the Highlands with sustainability at the core. More information can be found on their website www.fnlft.org.uk where you can download management plans and keep up to date with the various projects being undetaken. The organisation relies on donations; what better than to donate to a worthy cause in your backyard to help ensure the beauty of the place is there for future generations.
Like the Ace Facebook Page to keep in touch for upcoming events in conjunction with the FNLT such as the fascinating planned electrofishing survey later this year. Read more ›