This was the first time we had been back to Aviemore since 1985 and there had been a few changes. More housing had appeared to the north of the village -this is where we stayed and several camping and caravan sites had expanded.
We did have some excellent meals in Carrbridge and Aviemore and it was good to find a very busy Tesco with food on the shelves, something that we don't have very often in Lerwick.
It was odd to see so many trees, not too many in Shetland. As many Shetland's say, `we couldn't see anything for the trees' and this was true for us. It surprising how your mind alters , we would rather enjoy the open landscape that Shetland provides than the tree clad Scottish landscape and even more than the concrete jungle that Sheffield offers.
One significant change was in the Cairngorms where a funicular railway takes you to the tops at 3,500 feet. The only problem was that you couldn't go and explore unless you went on a guided walk with a ranger at a cost of £20 for a 90 min walk.
We walked up Carn Ban More back in 1979 and found it a tough 2.5 hour trek. This took us over snow fields and eventually lead us onto the plateau where we had superb views. Don't think my legs could have taken this so we had to be content with views of the snow covered tops form down in the glen.
During our week in the Spey valley we found many photo opportunities , to see more of the wildlife visit shetlandsfp.blogspot.co.uk
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