Coffee and cake has been a big theme of the week, I’m so glad you can join me! I’ve also moved location…got myself a full on URL!
The Coffee Choices:
Nethy House at Nethy Bridge: Fruit Scone, a dark carrot cake (which I mistook for chocolate) or pancakes with bacon and maple syrup
The Druie Café an old school house in Rothiemurcus: Serves up all manner of tray bakes, fruit scones, hot chocolate with marshmallows or a Blueberry and Lemon drizzle cake.
Let’s just say as a family we may have sampled all these, across a couple of repeat visits.
We managed lunch at one of Aviemore’s leading institutions, The Mountain Café one day and although probably our favourite place to eat, it’s service this time was terrible, a buzzer system that’s been introduced adds nothing to the fact that the staff don’t seem to care anymore that people are tired and hungry…A 40 minute wait turned into 1hr 10, to find that lots of tables were empty when we were finally buzzed. The Glenmore forest café further down the road, twice as much foot fall turned round a baked potato, venison burger, panini and scampi in 10-15 mins with a hustle that was just amazing and much needed after the 40k cycle….the staff just seemed to care.
If you need something to take home for the sweet toothed folk in your life then I can really recommend the Kilted Fudge Company and whilst your passing the Cairngorm Brewery. within a couple minutes walking distance of each other.
We’ve been really lucky with the weather, managing to make use of the vast array of cycle paths and a Munro to bag.
Aviemore to Boat of Garten, The Osprey Centre, Nethy Bridge (see coffee shop above). Part of the Speyside Way. Just brilliant and exhilarating from the get go.
Sgòr Gaoith…the weather forecast intimated the perfect autumn hill day and I’d have been annoyed not to take it. Got the house up for an early start and first in the car park for a 9.30 start. Like the book says the perfect short (4hr!) ramble in the Scottish mountains.
A rest day, a mooch around town….the poor lunch experience albeit we were early by arriving at 11:40
Aviemore Orbital, onto Rothiemurchus, Loch Eileen, Loch Morlich and back
Day 5 – my favourite, a jumble of a few routes
Day 1 and then some….Nethy Bridge, through the Abernethy Forest, around Tore Hill, onto the B970 and then over the Slugan Pass towards Loch Morlich and the Glenmore Forest Centre, back along the old logging route. An eagle, a heron and forests that time forgot.
Day 6 – the rain came
And still we went out, just a little fresh air we said, a slice of cake later and we did another lap of Rothiemurchus. We couldn’t help ourselves. The last day here, the air, the colours just food for the soul.
The summary…..a great self catering family holiday with plenty of exercise, cake and coffee! The power of cycling giving on trails that take away the worry, time to reflect and a sense of daily achievement for all. I think I’m ready for the tail end of the year!
Thanks for joining me at the weekend coffee share hosted by Eclectic Alli, nice to see you, I’m a wannabe cook, semi part time blogger and this is my new home with my own url as well!, if you’ve been for coffee before you may have to click on follow again…..I’m working on a few self hosting issues!