One of the things I like to do in life is travel on trains – not just by train but on a train, to smell, see and feel the train – and this goes triple if I can get myself on a steam train. Love steam trains. There are a couple of opportunities to do this in Scotland, but the only one I could fit in the itinerary was up in the Cairngorm mountains at Aviemore.
Despite not feeling 100%, I was determined and got on a bus which took me from Inverness to Aviemore on a rainy day. Now Aviemore is a ski,/ camp/ climb place full of outdoor gear stores and places to stay. Was it inevitable there would be Aussies there? I think so.
But this is what I was here for:
This is entirely a tourist train and it only goes a few stops before turning around and coming back, but you get a great view of the mountains.
Unfortunately all those rain clouds are why I didn’t do the other thing I wanted to do this day… the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Every time I checked the visibility up the mountain it was crap, so I decided to take my snuffly self home again. Though that had the upside of giving me time before the next bus to visit the Sunday market and find delicious fudge! Also, this guy posed for me which was cool.
As my travel buddy was off on a full day tour of Skye, I had the afternoon to myself at the holiday house and cooked a simple dinner – very refreshing after so many restaurant meals! Of course, I also ate fudge. Violet flavoured fudge. Sooooo delicious.