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    The Highlands

    An early drive down Speyside to Cairngorms.





    Carrbridge, 300 Year old bridge.



    Landmark adventure park.







    mmmmm Steak



    Grant Arms Grantown



    Travelling south to Boat Of Garten















    More to come, I'll keep adding to thread and throw in some old ones as well.
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    Some great shots in this thread - thanks for the upload!

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    Nice one!

    Great pics. Never been meself but would like to one of these days.

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    One of the best places in the world, apart from the west coast.
    I've spent years up there and should I ever return to UK that's where I'd be.
    Might be in a bout 2 months actually, we'll see.
    Anyway, a splendid thread.
    Thank you.

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    Good pics my Gran used to live in a house called pine ridge in carrbridge backed onto the landmark centre, so used to go in for free as kids!!!!

    You driven the snow road Jack, from Grantown down to Blairgowrie? About 100 miles I think, well worth it if haven't. Certainly beats the A9 if got time and heading South.

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    Beautiful, and cheap as chips for housing. I could currently swap my small two bed terrace house in the Southeast for a nine bedroom hotel with its own fucking loch in the Highlands. Mrs and kids aren't up for it though.

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    Never been to Blairgowrie, keep it in mind though.

    Have you ever been to the Golden spurtle or chainsaw championships in Carrbridge?
    25th Annual Golden Spurtle? World Porridge Making Championship

    Carve Carrbridge - Carve Carrbridge chainsaw carving competition

    The carvings are all round the village and in gardens.

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    Haven't set foot in Carrbridge for over 30 years, just used to spend all day in the landmark centre, can't remember seeing or doing anything else there. Would have been to young to have any interest. Blairgowrie itself isn't that exciting other than it's one end of the snow road, it's the drive itself and the scenery along the way. The A9 isn't a bad road for scenery and photo ops but they have those average speed cameras all down it now at 60mph which is a pain, got nabbed on it in 2016. But if got time as will only put a few hours on your journey either on way down or way back take the snow road.

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    nice pics keep em coming

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    Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore



    Shinty club Newtonmore





    Highland folk museum Newtonmore









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    Nice animals and of course the wonderful scenery.
    Is Boat of Garten station doing steam trains ? It had clsoed for normal Scotrail last time I went up?
    If you have a chance the Black Isle north of Inverness has a unique feel, in fact away from the industrial belt all of Scotland's fantastic, like Ireland with better food.
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    Superb photos... if only they could teach the locals to speak English it would be perfect.

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    There are alot of English living here now selling up down south and retiring here.

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    Been a strange ring around the sun today and temps are soaring to nearly 18c , Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    Thaks for that my brother lives in Edinburgh half the year and is abit of a steam buff, I'm happy to tag along but would sooner visit the Mts, I only visit in the summer but its packed think it'll be the borders or Mull next time.

    Did you stay in Hotels, GHs or is Air BnB common in the highlands now?

    My youthful days of the old campervan and tents are fond memories and there's no way my wife would do without ensuite, InStornaway pre Mosque I slept on a boat and the Prebyters house at Lochbosidale,there is agreat Bothy at Tobha more where whole Atlantic Beach to yourself most days , if the mrs boots me out/croaks thats where I'd go, next stores in Newfoundland





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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post


    There are alot of English living here now selling up down south and retiring here.

    Great pics and many English up that way now, if you go near Inverness the English population is very big.

    As Cracker said the West coast is really Beautiful,but don't go near John o groats its a shit hole.

    Have a great trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    Been a strange ring around the sun today and temps are soaring to nearly 18c , Weird.

    The effects of drinking too much Speyside whisky?

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    Whilst living in Aberdeen, I spent many weekends at Nethy Bridge, where the company I worked for had bought a large house next to the 9 hole golf course, and turned it into self catering holiday accommodation for staff. Probably about 6 or 7 flats with a common kitchen, with a ridiculously low charge per night.

    I remember drinking often in one of the local hotels, where the owner, a guy from Manchester, had split up from his wife and was having a relationship with one of the notable land owners nearby, either a Lady or Duchess something or other. She had a dog, which was often in the bar, which had a disc collar with "My names ****** (can't remember name) what the fuck's yours?".

    Some good golf courses in the area, and the walk around the loch at Boat of Garten was very pleasant, occasionally seeing the Ospreys that frequented there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    "My names ****** (can't remember name) what the fuck's yours?".
    great stuff PAG, the furthue from London the better and crazier the locals

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    Nice thread Jack. Some great memories of that area, and my swan song on leaving my main career.

    Walking the West Highland Way with other inebriated colleagues..

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    ^Cool, would like to hear about that trip.

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    Tip top pics and thread Jack, thanks for taking the time to share.


    ^^ A bear with a ball and chain!! Whats the story behind that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack meoff View Post
    ^Cool, would like to hear about that trip.
    Just 6 guys nearing the end of their army service, saying goodbye and thank you to the MOD for funding the trip.
    A nice way to go out after 22 years service.
    Willim Wallace we did you proud. Truly glorious countryside. We made the trip in August 1996 and only encountered the vicious midges on the last night. We were too relaxed to care by then. Relaxed as newts.

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