We had a warm welcome at The Osprey Hotel the previous evening. It was a small hotel, with only four bedrooms in use at present. The owners bought the business just before Covid struck and spent the last two years renovating the property to a high standard. A massive breakfast this morning set us up for the day.
A dry day but with but with a strong chilly wind and a lot of threatening clouds.
Our route followed a mix of The Speyside Way and The Badenoch Way, mostly on footpaths.
Leaving Kingussie, we passed the remains of Ruthen Barracks built between 1719 and 1721 following the Jacobite rising of 1715 which housed infantry to police the area.
Our route took us through forest and a chance for some deer spotting, we only managed to find one, but it kindly hung around long enough for us to get a photo. We then had a short stretch along the banks of Loch Insh passing an impressive outdoor activity centre.
At the village of Kingcraig we stopped to look at The Old Post Office cafe and got lured in by the owner, who had cycled LEJOG a few years ago. After a big breakfast we weren’t really hungry but we managed a delicious focaccia sandwich between us.
Steve had promised Lynn a flat walk beside the railway after lunch, he managed to keep half his promise. The walk was beside the railway!
The Speyside Way left the railway and continued through Aviemore and to our accommodation for the night at Oakwood Camping. We decided to upgrade our camping pitch to a luxury camping pod due to the forecast for wind and rain overnight. As we settled in the rain started.