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Aviemore Aviemore and Speyside and the Cairngorms. Rounded snow capped in winter mountains , surrounded by Scots pine forest. Home of red squirrel, and the so elusive capercaillie. The Ospreys of Loch Garten, watchable from a RSPB hide. The River Spey one of Scotland's premier salmon rivers.
The Ospreys of Loch Garten Overzealous Victorians wiped out the Osprey as a breeding species in Scotland in the last century. It was not until the mid 1950's that a pair near to Loch Garten again successfully raised a brood. Since then Ospreys have bred every year at this site protected by the RSPB, to spread throughout the Scottish Highlands.
A few miles south of Aviemore is Ruthern Barracks built by General Wade to bring order to the Highlands. In the foothills Loch Morlich , a popular watersports centre, great views to the Cairngorms. Lots of opportunity for walking, cycling, horse riding and bird watching. Why not visit the reindeer herd?
Take a early morning walk along the Spey, the sound of oystercatcher and curlew rising in the still morning air. Maybe catch a glimpse of roe deer in the birch woods. The sound of the wind though the Scots Pine forests, nothing else but silence. Smell of heather , pine and peat. A delightful landscape, scots pine, mixed with birch, interspersed with small fields, all with the River Spey winding through.
North of Skye is Torridon and Wester Ross , many say the Scottish Highlands at their best, others may say at their bleakest. Massive sandstone mountains- Lithach, Beinn Alligin. Spectacular coastal scenery. Golden beaches outwith a soul to be seen. Isolated fishing communities, seals hauled out on rocks just offshore. Take the unforgettable road over Bealach na Bach to Applecross. Superb views across the Inner Sound to Skye.
The far North Caithness and Sutherland, and the Flow Country. Home of golden plover and hen harrier. Towering peaks such as Fionaven and Suilven , like the Cuillins of Skye accessible only to the experienced and well equipped mountaineer.
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