Today saw us head out in a coastal direction but by the time we got petrol and bought our picnic lunch we changed direction and headed inland. I ( Karen) love in-land destinations. I adore mountains, lochs and all the scenic awesomeness that comes with it.
For a long time i had seen a walk on walk highlands I wanted to do, a wee little walk to an old mine building. Since there was a chill in the air we headed inland as we felt the wind at the sea would be biting.
As the crow flies it was not far away but the crows didn’t build the winding roads that lead into the Cairngorm National park. The Mine was very close to the Lecht Ski centre which I always find looks sad when the runs have more heather and only small unskiable patches of snow.
The walk itself was fine. Short and along some old track. Poor Mike managed to slip as there was some areas that were rather sodden. You follow a wee stream up the valley and come to the old above mine! I had malf on the lead as we were expecting a hole or shaft of some kind but this was all above land mined from the surrounding valley.
Wind was non stop and even going round and inside the building you could not escape it.
After having our lunch in the car park there we headed over country via tomintoul to Grantown and onto the Dava moor road. On this road there was some amazing views of the Cairngorm which still are white on the top and look so dramatic, majestic and inviting. We are hoping to do some of these in the summer holidays and bag us some munros ( mountains over 2000 feet)
We stopped for a wee walk round Lochndorb. We were last there years ago around may day when it was overrun with toads! Once again today we saw some likely at the early end of the toad humping season.
Bitterly cold wind there today but with the sun out was stunning. Mike always wants to write a book and the castle in the middle of the loch does stimulate the mind to imagine stories of long ago.
see our pics from today in this fancy gallery.
Google Map of the car park at the Well of Lecht .