Book keeps a close watch on the line

Mormond Hill
Mormond Hill

A Broch author will hold a book signing at The Fraserburgh Heritage Centre for her recent publication about the Formartine and Buchan Way.

Janet McLeman is holding the signing event from noon to 3 pm on Saturday 22 for her book ‘Walking the Line : A Curious Walker’s Guide to the Formartine and Buchan Way’.

Author and retired head teacher Janet McLeman began the book as a retirement project.

She said: “I was brought up in England but have known the railway since I was a child as we always returned every summer to where my mother was from”.

She added: “It was a challenge to get to know the railway line better as there is so much history.”

Published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, Walking the Line follows the footpath on the disused railway line which links the fishing ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead with Aberdeen.

The book traverses rural Aberdeenshire, a land of prehistoric monuments and medieval castles as well as the only hill carvings in Scotland.

It is also home to an abundance of wildlife.

Janet describes the long distance footpath as “absolutely fabulous” and a “fantastic linear habitat”.

Following publication of the book Janet has given talks in several libraries along the route of the Formartine and Buchan Way which she says was “a very enjoyable experience”.

She said: “It was great to engage with readers, and future readers, as well as people who have their own memories of the railway line.”

Janet’s book comes out amidst recent talks regarding the possible reopening of the railway line.

Walking the Line can be purchased for £9.90.