Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Day 17 - Inverness to Tummel Bridge

Thursday 16th June

We left Culloden in slightly better weather and made our way to the Strathspey Railway at Broomhill. We caught our train, headed by an Ivatt 2MT engine with 8 coaches, and traveled alongside the River Spey to Aviemore. We had about 20 minutes at Aviemore station before the return journey. It was pleasant and quite friendly but the coaches were not up to the standard of ours on the Churnet Valley Railway.
Our transport emerges from its own steam

Ivatt 2MT

We had our sandwich lunch in a small pull-off south of Aviemore then continued on our journey south via the A9. We left the A9 and traveled by minor roads to Tummel Bridge, then to Queen's View by Loch Tummel. Rather than park there we found a woodland picnic area (complete with "long drop" loos!) where we were able to give Button her evening walk. 
The woodland walks and picnic area near Queen's View

Overnight camping wasn't allowed so we stopped in a lay-by overlooking Loch Tummel for the night. It was a lovely view enhanced by the occasional breaks in the cloud illuminating the opposite bank of the loch.
The view over Loch Tummel from our pitch

Sunlight above the farm buildings of Lick

We did have a slight problem with midges but kept them out of Morag. We slept well after finishing off the chilli from yesterday.

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