Blogs from Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore September 12th 2017

Ben Macdui, the UK's second highest peak. If you want to know what it's like at the top, STOP READING. It wasn't the fact that the temperature when I started was 4 degrees, it wasn't that the wind was howling and dropping the temperature even more, it wasn't that rain would sweep in and out at regular intervals, it wasn't that cloud obstructed my views for most of the walk, it wasn't that the track rose 900 m (with the expected drop in temperature of a degree for every 100m), it wasn't that the track was nothing but rocks for about 2 km, it wasn't even the difficulty discerning the path. BUT when it started snowing/sleeting the combination of all the factories saw me turn and retreat. The cloud and mist was so thick that I ... read more
He knew something I didn't!
Started out OK. Ben Macdui here I come.
Just coat, jumper, T-shirt and walk top.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore September 13th 2015

Geo: 57.1944, -3.82882Sunny, cloudy, some rain, cool.Brekkies at hotel, then left fairly soon afterwards. Stopped to take photos of Ardvrek Castle, which was built sometime in the late 16th century by the McLeod clan. It is haunted by a couple of ghosts, or else one of the ghosts became a selkie … stories differ. Our next stop was a waterfall into a deep chasm. It's right near the road, and we were able to view it from a distant viewing platform and from a bridge over the river.We then drove the highlands to more lowlands (although I think it's still considered highlands, but the mountains in the distance disappeared and we emerged into farmland). We drove to the edge of Loch Ness to see the monster, who seemed to be on strike today, and to take ... read more
Waterfall near Ardvreck Castle
Waterfall near Ardvreck Castle
Ardvreck Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore April 8th 2015

Given how scenic those lakes were yesterday, I decided to head back to the Cairngorms early in the morning to see what they looked like as the sun was rising. I was not disappointed; it was quiet and peaceful, the water was still and the sky was dramatic and colourful. I went back to Loch an Eilein first, with a view of the castle. I then headed to Loch Morlich, where the Cairngorms mountains were reflected in the still water. Sadly we were on an early morning flight back to home this morning, so after breakfast we drive back to the quaint little airport. We were advised to allow plenty of extra time as someone or other was on strike and indeed there was a picket-line outside the airport as we drove in. Things weren't too ... read more
Loch Morlich
Highlands From Above

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore April 7th 2015

I got up early again and went back to Urquhart Castle for the sunrise, this time hopefully without the mist. I was in luck and there was a stunning sunrise, but I'm not sure which will make the better photographs - although I'm open to views? Our plan today was to visit the Cairngorms National Park, just to the south of Inverness. This was surprisingly quick to get to given that it is on the main road between Inverness and Perth. We were not quite sure what to do so we went to the village of Aviemore and spoke to a really helpful guy in the tourist information office and he recommended some walks to do. His recommendations were spot on. First we drove to Loch Morlich and walked to a smaller loch which is just ... read more
Green Lake
Loch en Eilein
Urquhart Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore May 25th 2013

It was another glorious day, around 17 degrees. I didn't realize that the daylight hours are extended here, I think it was only dark for about three hours last night. Good thing the curtains blocked the sunlight; I understand it was shining brightly at 4 in the morning. Anyways, today we traveled through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye. I even saw the loch ness monster today and I had my picture taken with her. We visited the Clan Donald Centre, this is an excellent place to discover the history of the kingdom of the Isles and trace your genealogy. They also have spectacular gardens and today there was a local craftsmen show. A lot of driving and scenery today but far from boring, our travel director, Rachel is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore June 13th 2011

After the wedding in the south of France we headed back to Paris for a final farewell. Went to Giverny by bus to visit Monet's garden. Unfortunately it was a holiday in France, and the garden had been heavily promoted within France, so the crowds were HUGE. Still it was lovely. Our final night in Paris was a flaming sucess, and we were given a warm farewell. Or at least Graeme was - the waiter spilled flaming Grand Marnier into his lap when flaming his crepe!!! No lasting damage, but I think the waiter may have PTSD as a result - to say nothing of Graeme. Eurostar to London. Our hotel in Russell Square was a pleasant surprise, with our room being quiet, clean and spacious. Hop on Hop off bus tour of all major sights, ... read more
Janine at Edinburgh castle just before the thunder storm
Graeme looking for Nessie at Loch Ness
Graeme with our little car

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore April 13th 2010

Edinburgh De greutva drinkt nooit gene Famous Grouse meer want me het bezoek van de destillerij moeste nondedoeme 8 pounds betalen! en da zag ons oudje ni zitte. Enfin (nvdr), hij mocht er gin foto s trekken of filme, da was d echte reden. dus na lang in den auto te hebben gezeten kwamen we wa rook tegen in de bergen, allemaal uitgestapt kijken we van waar de rook vandaan kwam, van nen brand doeme! dus den eersten brand was verschieten en schrik maar na twintig werdt ge et wel beu, want blijkbaar doen ze da vanuit bescherming voor de schapen bij brand of zo. natuurlek zen we smorges nog langs edinburgh waarda we waren opgesplitst de "klein" mannen zijn gaan shoppen en gaan eten in den marcs en spencer en de oude mannekes naar national ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore April 14th 2009

We breien een tweede deel aan 'den toerist' en trekken vandaag richting CairnGorm mountains. We staan voor één keer extra vroeg op zodat we het voederen van de rendieren niet zouden missen omstreeks 10:00 uur. Na wat gesukkel met de juiste weg komen we ter plaatse aan en betalen een 10 pond (= 10 teveel) om 4 rendieren op een klein gazonnetje te bekijken en een huisje met informatie betreffende. Het voederen van de wilde dieren in de bergen gaat voorlopig nog niet door omdat men ze nog niet gevonden heeft. Deze trip heeft normaal gezien plaats om 11:00. Wanneer men ons komt vertellen dat de kudde gelokaliseerd is twijfelen we nog even , maat uiteindelijk besluiten we toch nog mee te gaan (mits opleg, uiteraard). Met de auto trekken we tot op een 500 meter ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore April 20th 2008

Kia Ora! This is ridiculous - 8 months later and I finally remember to write this up! Oh well, here goes..not sure how much I'll remember now! I think we spent about a week and a half in total at my Mum & Dad's new house in Kincraig in what is now the Cairngorm National Park. Its a cracking house in a wonderful area that has come to mean a lot to me over the years since we started holidaying there as kids. The first visit was pre-Christmas for a few days and it was at this time that we were visited by my dad's sisters, Winnie and Dorothy and my cousin Alison and it was great to see all of them. Jo-Ann , Ailsa and I took a few strolls ab out the place which ... read more
Me on the Loch!
Looking up the River Spey into Loch Insh
Jo-Ann enters the folks' "scheme"

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore December 29th 2007

Hello All! Sorry for the delay but we have been quite busy and lazy with Christmas and food galore. Hope everyone had as wonderful a day as we had and I'll share the Christmas goodness in a future post but I need to catch you up on the trip to Aviemore that John and I took. A few facts... Aviemore is about a 2 1/2- 3 hour drive depending on how lost you get and is the in Scottish highlands in the mountains and lochs. It is undoubtably one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and looks and feels just like Winter Park Colorado if you forget the accents for a moment. The mountain is called Carigngorn Mountain. The drive up was magnificant as we got in the highlands just about sunset and I ... read more
The River Tay
The Highlands

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