Catching up after three days at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms.

Carrbridge Bunkhouse – what a place filled with characterVery sorry but I have been away  on the hills walking and mountain biking staying at Carrbridge Bunkhouse with an old friend Sue her son Mike  and cousin Ben . Her daughter Amy is at Glenmore Lodge enjoying a mountain bike course. What a great time with the hills very quiet. The bunkhouse in an incredible place and is owned by two great friends Tom and Allyson Jones. It is a bunkhouse of real character and a joy to be in. Words do not do it justice and every room tells a story.

We enjoyed a walk up to the crash site near Bynock More of a Wellington that crashed on 14 August 1944 on An Lurg. All 6 of the crew were killed the aircraft was from Lossiemouth on training Flight a sad reminder of those who gave so much. The hill after the old now demolished Bynock Stables was very quiet as this is a great part of the Cairngorm’s and never too busy. The path is excellent and the views wild, just now everything is green and the looking beautiful. Strath Nethy dominates the view a long hard Strath to be in the depths of winter. It is a frequent place for walkers who get lost on the plateau to descend. It can be a nightmare in the winter especially on a wild day as this is an area that has to be searched.

Yesterday we went out in the mountain bikes to Boat Of Garten again the weather was excellent and we had a great day. Sue had to hire a bike and Bothy Bikes were great based in Aviemore. It is really good to see people being helpful to the tourists.   The Speyside Way was a lovely cycle and a fun few hours. The views of the new Golf Course and the panorama of the great peaks made it a special day. The heather is out and with the sun fairly hot it was a day for shorts.  The shop at Boat Of Garten has great rolls and the sausage rolls were first class. We got great assistance at Boat Of Garten “Cairngorm Bike and Hike” this sounds like an advertisement  but they were so helpful and it is great to see these small businesses working so hard especially in these days of recession. Dave was especially so good an old friend from the past. The Cairngorms has so much to offer with all kinds of outdoor activities we are blessed to live in such a place. Even the midges according to Sue a West Coast local hardly bite? It was great to see all the families out in the fresh air and enjoying the great outdoors!

Today more great weather on Meall A’ Bhuachaille a grand hill overlooking the North side of Loch Morlich with some of the best views in the  Cairngorms. It was a short day but this is a fantastic few hours on the hill. If you combine it with the walk out to Ryvoan and the walk by the Green Loch the views are incredible. This is a neglected wee gem of a hill and the big mountains nearby take all credit but I love this hill. The path work is incredible and the hill was litter free what a place to be.   To finish in the Squirrel cafe at Glenmore in the sun and the birds but no squirrels made it a few days to remember!Tomorrow is the day for a wee party at Kinloss as the Kinloss team move to Lossiemouth. I had hoped to finish the history of RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team but the weather intervened. I hope to have a few bits on tomorrows blog on the Leaving party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryvoan Bothy in the distance  after a great day on Meall A’Buachaille. The poem is back on the wall!

 

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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