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Spey Bridges
Sat 19th Aug 2017 to Sat 19th Aug 2017
organised by Highland Scotland

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Spey Bridge’s Run – Richard & Katherine, Greg  & Jean:
Saturday 19th August ’17.

3 cars from Ross-shire met up at DFS as planned & headed off toward Cawdor and the first wee short-cut taking us toward Ferness on the A939 to meet the 4th car, there were then a pair of Kuro’s and a pair of Green Mk2’s. We continued on the quiet and fairly fast road in to Grantown-on-Spey. The fifth car waiting there for us.

The route for the day was to head for the source of the River Spey somewhere beyond Laggan village, in the direction of the ancient route over the Corriearick Pass to Fort Augustus. To achieve this we would cross the River Spey about 15 times and cross some of the same bridges twice.

In the group there were Charles and Gillian (White Kuro 2lts), Bobby and Shane (Black Kuro 2 lts) , Jim & Emma  in a green ‘Y’ reg Mk2 1.8, Greg and Jean in a Silver “59” Mk 3 .5 SE 2 lts and ours  a “W”  reg green  Mk2  1.8.  First though it was time to relax and enjoy coffee together at the ‘1896’ Coffee & Craft shop in Boat of Garten – the scones were great!!  Coffee over and back on the road we headed back over the river, and continued on B970 through to Coylumbridge, dropping down through Inverdruie, over the Spey and then headed  south away from Aviemore.  The B9152, runs parallel with the main A9, passing by  beautiful Loch Alvie, through Kincraig and on to Kingussie and Newtonmore, there we took the A86 to Laggan, and here we branched right and followed the single track for approx. 8 mls  crossing the Spey 3 more times including the gated Garva Bridge. The road eventually became impassible and we turned and headed to Laggan for lunch at Laggan Bridge Pottery & Bunkhouse. Not much pottery, but a wee shop with good quality knitwear, and an adequate coffee shop selling light lunches & snacks. By this time the weather had deteriorated considerably and all roofs where firmly shut, and remained so for much of the rest of the day.

After lunch we headed towards Dalwhinnie for a short way before turning left and following a single track towards Glentruim House the ancient stronghold of the MacPherson Clan. After 3 miles we came across a large stone announcing “The Centre of Scotland” defined by the central point from the North sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Often referred to by the locals as as “The Heart of the Highlands”.
Then on to Ralia, and back into Newtonmore – another Spey crossing & back to Kingussie we turned right and crossed the railway – and over the Spey again, and along to Ruthven Barracks. One of 4 Strongholds built around c1700, to keep the marauding Highlanders in check and the English away.!!  Back on the B970 from the other end, its through Insh village, then passing Loch Insh, up to and over Feshie Bridge, we pulled in at Jack Drakes (Nursery) for coffee and homemade cakes – delicious.!!  You can sit there and watch red squirrels and small birds, feeding and playing just yards away..!

The last section of the run, took us back to Inverdruie, up to Coylumbridge and then followed the B970 back to Nethybridge where we took a left turn down to the Spey just one last time at Broomhill then up to the A95, for a brief mile before branching  off to to Carrbridge and a meal stop at JAKES. Greg and Jean had already headed back to Grantown on Spey, and Jim and Emma departed for Forres. The remainder of us had a good meal here. We then set off to join the A9, up as far as a turn to Tomatin  & then followed signs for Garbole in the Strathdearn Glen and beside the river Findhorn and after 3 miles took a single-track over the Cor Na Haeshach pass to Farr. Then it was over the Kessock bridge and home. About 200 miles altogether.

Other rivers crossed were Tromie, Feshie, Dulnain and Findhorn as well as the Beauly Firth at Inverness.

Thanks to Greg & Jean our co-planners.

Richard & Katherine


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20th Aug 2017 22:22 :: Gillian & Charles
Big thanks to Richard, Katherine, Greg & Jean for organising a great run on Saturday. New roads, lots of bridges and 4 new eating places - in one run must be a record!!!

20th Sep 2017 22:19 :: Gillian & Charles
Run report now posted. Apologies for the delay.

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