A cold drizzly day, but at least the wind had dropped.
We had intended to stay at Carrbridge tonight, but had been unable to book any accommodation. Two of the B & B’s we tried were full, and the hotel couldn’t be bothered to check when we phoned and asked us to email, they didn’t have the courtesy to respond.
Our only option was to stay an additional night in Aviemore and walk to Carrbridge and catch the bus back. We were glad we did as Carrbridge was shut when we got there, at least the only cafe in town was, and it would have been a long afternoon waiting to get into accommodation.
We walked along the Speyside Way, through woodland, following the line of the Strathspey Steam Railway before rejoining the NCN 7 at the village of Boat of Garten. We managed to spot a couple of deer en route. Boat of Garten primary school was an ‘Eco School’.
We followed the cycle route to Carrbridge, home to the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands, which was 300 years old in 2017. Carrbridge also hosts the world porridge making championships and has many wood carvings around the village.
Fortunately we only had to wait 45 minutes for our bus back to Aviemore, to enjoy an afternoon and evening in the warmth of Costa Coffee and our camping pod.