A walk in the snow.

Contrary to the image that most people have of Scotland, where I live we rarely seem to get much snow and if we do it just doesn’t last. Fortunately, as skiers, we only live an hour’s drive from the Cairngorms where there’s a good chance of there being snow at this time of year. Having enjoyed our ski holiday in Austria a couple of weeks ago we have been waiting for the chance to do a little more skiing a bit closer to home. Sadly, although the Cairngorms has been getting some good falls of snow it’s been very windy with low cloud so not the most pleasant of skiing conditions. However, we had it in mind to take a trip up Aviemore way so packed our walking gear instead and ‘headed towards the hills’!

Love the light feature inside the Druie Cafe.

Love the light feature inside the Druie Cafe.

After our drive a coffee and scone was a priority and we stopped in the cafe at the Rothiemurchus Centre.  We both declared the cheese scones were the best we’ve ever had- well besides mine, of course!

The centre is situated in the old Rothiemurchus School and besides the cafe there is a nice shop area which sells a selection of gifts, stationery and food items. Being part of the Rothiemurchus estate you can buy local venison, highland cow and salmon products. Definitely, worth a browse and a refreshment stop.

Over coffee we had decided to walk around Loch Morlich which was just a wee bit further along the road.

The day stayed dry and wind free, but looking towards the ski area we didn’t regret not taking our skis as it seemed to shrouded in low cloud most of the day.

A frozen Loch Morlich with cloudy Cairngorms behind.

A frozen Loch Morlich with cloudy Cairngorms behind.

We came across a number of snowmen around the loch, but this is definitely the most macabre I've ever seen!

We came across a number of snowmen around the loch, but this is definitely the most macabre I’ve ever seen!

The trees looked beautiful covered in snow.

The trees looked beautiful covered in snow.

Half way round we came to the cafe at Glenmore. This had always been a favourite stop after a day’s skiing some 30+ years ago. Apple Strudel was a firm favourite of ours in those days. Was it still on the menu?

Would there be apple strudel?

Would there be apple strudel?

Inside, the cafe looked pretty much the same but the little food shop that had been attached to it is now a small shop area selling outdoor related goods and postcards and books. An extension has been added to this part to make a pub. They advertise live music at the weekends and it sounded more on the folk, traditional type which is often sadly lacking these days. Hopefully, it’s a success.

So did we get apple strudel? We were very sensible and had lentil soup and a roll and then my husband had apple strudel!

You'll be having apple strudel with that cream, Sir?!

You’ll be having apple strudel with that cream, Sir?! 

Sadly, no yummy vanilla sauce, like in Austria, but my husband was more than happy with his double  portion of squirty cream instead!

After all that indulgence a brisk walk back to the car was required. The sun had broken out and it was beautiful walking round the edge of the loch. We came across some very noisy ducks in a stream on the way.

It was lovely walking around the loch.

It was lovely walking around the loch.

imageI had taken the details of a few geocaches that had been hidden around the loch but now that there was snow everywhere it was impossible to find them . All was not lost as I could ‘bag’ an earthcache which, luckily, was back at the car park. All it entailed was taking a photograph of myself with the hills behind and answering a geology question about the last Ice Age! With a little help from ‘mr. google’ I think I cracked it!

So after a very enjoyable walk in the snow we headed home and talked enthusiastically about returning soon for another walk? Ski? Or cross country ski? Depending on the weather and our mood. Whatever the activity I have a feeling cheese scones and apple strudel might be involved again:)

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