Rothiemurchus, July 1980

Rothiemurchus is small Highland estate lying in the foothills of the Cairngorms, immediately to the east of Aviemore and the Spey valley. No figures for the size of the estate are available but it must cover an area of something approaching 100 square km. Much of this area is covered by original Caledonian pine forest, and the estate reckons to have about 50km of paths and cycle tracks within its boundaries. Rothiemurchus is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, and every approach to the high tops from Aviemore passes through the estate.

This small gallery comprises a few assorted shots taken during various walks from my holiday of July 1980, which was largely unsuccessful due to poor weather. Someday I'll cover this ground again and improve on them. See also the Rothiemurchus, Lairig Ghru and Chalamain gallery.

From the eastern edge of Rothiemurchus, looking across the Forestry Commission's Glenmore campsite towards Cairngorm, Coire Cas and Coire an t-Sneachda
Gleann Einich runs south of Inverdruie for some 14km. On the Tuesday of the holiday I set out to walk down the glen to Loch Einich, a body of water set in a dramatic trench surrounded by the high tops. Unfortunately I underestimated the distance and was also thwarted by the lack of a bridge about halfway down the glen where the track crosses the river. I never made it to the loch and had to turn back. This is a view of Braeriach across a landscape of heather-covered moraine.
Highland bogs are anything but boring, as this close-up reveals.
Another day, another walk - the B970 back road along the east bank of the Spey, south of Inverdruie
The Old Manse at Doune.
Loch an Eilein (Lake of the Island), a lovely and romantic place hidden within the forest. There is a visitor centre and nature trail.
Caledonian forest south of Loch an Eilein. A path from here gives access to the smaller and more remote Loch Gamhna, lying at the foot of the Sgor Gaoith ridge.

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