Saturday 30 June 2018 – Cairngorms National Park – Grantown on Spey

Today we caught the Strathspey Steam train which runs from Aviemore to Broomhill stopping at Boat of Garten on the way. The scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains is quite spectacular but the journey by train is dull as you only see the towns from the station unless you opt for staying at either Boat of Garten or Broomhill and then catching a return trip on the next train which is 2 hours later. The most exciting part is at either end of the journey where the engine is disconnected, shunts passed the carriages and is reattached.

We then went to Grantown on Spey where we caught up with Pam and Michael. After finding a lovely spot along the River Spey, next to the cemetery, we headed off for a walk through the wild Pine woods of Anagach to the River Spey. The paths are not very well signposted, and the colours don’t match the map we were following so we had a little adventure and with the help of a local we eventually found our way down to the river and back to our motorhomes. The walk ended up being 8km, but it was enjoyable and relatively easy.

At beer o’clock, chairs out we watched the locals sail past on rubber rafts. Michael had a swim in the river, claiming it was ‘refreshing’ which we took his word for. A couple were also fly fishing. They make it look so easy, but it certainly is a skill that must be mastered.



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