#Scotland tour – dusk drive high into the Cairngorms

It started on Burns Night 2019 – a family promise that we would definitely tour Scotland this year.

My husband was raised in England though is actually Scottish, our children are therefore half-Scottish and in the late 1800s my ancestors on my father’s side lived in Scotland too.  We definitely felt the mountains calling.

In early spring, during the Easter break, we suddenly decided – lets do it!  We found some last minute bookings and off we went, in our electric car (not knowing how reliable the chargers would be in the Highlands), with five children (including two sons with profound autism and our seven month old baby daughter), before we had time to convince ourselves otherwise.

Our first stop would be in Aviemore, in the Cairngorm National Park, where we had been able to get a booking 48 hours earlier at the Macdonald Highland Resort.  To make sure the long day of travel still felt like a special holiday event, we chose to take the scenic route.

Do you know that child-like feeling when you are driving to the seaside and you get your first glimpse of the ocean?  Suddenly we spotted our first snowy peak and it was just the same excited buzz from everyone in our car.

Living in the very centre of England, there are two things we really crave – a glimpse of ocean and snowfall.  We wondered how close we might be able to get to the top of the mountains.

After the briefest tantalising glimpse of snow-capped summits, the route dipped downwards, and we journeyed alongside rivers, watching them wind their way through the valleys.

The sun even made a brief appearance before dusk fell, glinting off rushing waterfalls, swollen with the run off from melting ice and snow.

As the light started to fade, the road once again started to climb.

At a scenic viewing spot at the very highest point, we were able to park up and safely get out of the car for the briefest snowball fight … but the fog was descending, the temperature was steadily dropping and we needed to get moving.

Just before dark we arrived at Aviemore and were delighted to find the town lit up all the way down the main thoroughfare with twinkling white fairy lights.  It seemed very welcoming to seven weary travellers who had spent a full day travelling North.


    1. I checked them out just now 😀 You’ll never believe it but your photo of the multicoloured shops in Old Town from the 1st story walkway? They’d have been an old door behind you whilst you took the shot – and that’s the doorway to the flat we stayed in just a few weeks before 🙂

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  1. I loved Scotland when I was there in 1976, 1978/79. I love the moors and treeless landscape which was so different to my own in Australia. Loved the people and little villages too. We (2 friends and I) stayed in 2 different castle youth hostels which were fabulous. Hopefully my ‘follow’ sign-up worked (3rd try) and I can enjoy the rest of your journey with you.

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    1. Yes, I totally get what you mean about the rugged landscape. I live in the centre of England in the middle of an ancient forest – I’m so used to trees everywhere … and completely fell in love with all the treeless, stark, heather covered mountains in the North West 🏔

      If the follow doesn’t work (but fingers crossed it does!) I post every other day at 6pm GMT 😃 I hope you’ll be back

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    1. Thank you very much – my family love reading your blog, so we were all made up to see your comment on ours.

      When we first got the EV, it was five years ago, quite rare and people were always coming up to us to ask about it (we never minded) … but now, wonderfully, it’s really taking off.


  2. Some of my favourite countryside. The light always changing and something new around every bend and on the horizon..
    Lovely photos, We have travelled up to Scotland and the Highlands for many years, Last year we went exploring Wales for a change… But nothing beats these views even on a damp misty day… The Cairngorms hold a magic of their own.. ❤

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    1. We love Wales but charging our Electric car was so difficult in Snowdonia …. Scotland is amazingly supportive and we had no trouble at all, not even in the far north west.

      I’d love to go back and explore the Islands, and see the South West … and The Borders. We spent over half a month up there last year, but it wasn’t long enough ♥️

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  3. What a pleasant little windscreen tour of the area. I was familiar with the Cairngorm Mountains from reading Nan Shepherd’s book, “The Living Mountain.” It was very nice to see images of what she had represented so wonderfully in word.


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