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Kincraig Run
Sun 28th Apr 2013
organised by Grampian Scotland

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Grampian’s Kincraig run, 28 April, 2013

Four Grampian cars and six Tay5liders met up at the appointed meeting place before setting out sharp at 1000 for a delightful run on very quiet roads to the Jack Drake Alpine Nursery at Kincraig near Aviemore.

We made our way to Banchory, Strachan and Potarch with the usual trundle alongside the River Dee (photo opportunity between Aboyne & Dinnet) before heading north through Logie Coldstone to Heughhead and the yellows south of the River Don.  I wonder how many folk managed the hairpin right without having to reverse!  Nice views over to Billy Connolly’s Candacraig House and then it was on to another photo opportunity above Corgarff with views down to the castle of the same name.  The light was certainly changing by now, for the worse.

As we approached the Lecht ski area, the weather thickened and we had some rain but insufficient to need the roofs up.  The only problem being that at 60mph, the rain water climbed up (and over) the door windows and dropped onto sleeves!  As a lot of folk had been on the road for more than an hour just to reach the start of the run, it was decided to have a brief stop at the Old Fire Station in Tomintoul for teas, coffees and bacon rolls/baguettes.  Note to The Pram – they still don’t do sausages..........

After leaving Tomintoul, we continued on the A939 towards Grantown via the Bridge of Brown (thanks to the caravanner who pulled over to let  us all pass before the bridge) before hairpinning left onto the yellow to Nethy Bridge.  After briefly joining the B970,  we again took to the yellow C-class roads through Abernethy forest but had to backtrack at one point when we discovered the road turned into a Private Road unsuitable for vehicles so it was back to Loch Garten before joining the Coylumbridge road again.  As we drove past the other end of the “Private Road”, I checked and the same sign was on display so I assume the road must have been re-classified.  We arrived at the Cake Shop at 1300, just as predicted.

After scrumptious gateaux (with three kinds suitable for Jen) and much viewing of the Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Siskins and Red Squirrels, it was time for the return journey.  Richard & Maureen were to be joining us at Kincraig but they didn’t quite make it – I think they investigated EVERY road in the vicinity however!  We took the old A9 road into Aviemore and continued to Boat of Garten, Nethy Bridge and the Smokehouse just outside Grantown on Spey where the Tay5liders plus Eddie/Joan took their leave to head south over the Lecht (gluttons for punishment) and on via Braemar and the Glenshee ski area.

Just as we were about to climb into our cars, the elusive Maureen & Richard phoned and we eventually met up with them in G-on-S!  We then drove alongside the Spey on flowing roads to Blacksboat and onwards to Aberlour, Craigellachie and Dufftown (where there were many fire tenders hovering around the square albeit with no sign of a burning building).  The usual blast over the Cabrach led to Clatt, the Suie Hill, Alford and Tillyfourie before we ended our run at Kemnay.

Thanks to all who turned up for the run.  It was good to see so many folk from Tayside make the effort to come north  - I hope everyone felt it was worth it.  Look forward to meeting everyone, (especially  newcomers RobertH, Gavin/Tracy, Sandy/Mgt and Robert) at Pitlochry for the Spring Rally.

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28th Apr 2013 19:02 :: Tom & Jen
Hi, many thanks to Malcolm for this run today, went over some roads I had never been on.
The bacon & egg at Tomintoul was fab and Jake liked his portion of bacon too !!
The stop at the "Potting Shed" was great, the cakes to die for, ask Jen she had two piece's !! does not happen very often has she has celiac and has a wheat intolerance and the cakes here were gluten free !! happy bunny !!
Said our goodbye's to Grampian members at Granton on Spey and the 6 tay5liders drove down via the Lecht to Braemar and onto Cairnwell ski lodge for another cuppa and a bite to eat.
Did over 200 miles mostly with the roof down,had a fab day out. cheers

28th Apr 2013 19:39 :: liathach
Many thanks to all who came on the run to Kincraig today, especially the six cars from Tayside who outnumbered the four (ventually) five Grampian memvers - fortunately there was no real rivalry!
I will hopefully suss out how to put photos up shortly but, in the meantime, if anyone else has photos, please post them.
Again, thanks to everyone for their company - a grand day out!
All in all, very lucky with the weather

28th Apr 2013 20:16 :: Alex
Brilliant day out on some new roads (for me at least), though I was concerned about Malcolm’s propensity for taking us towards the dark clouds (I cannot tell a lie, he blamed Marty as navigator). That said, not even the weather could dampen the day, superb from beginning to end…good roads, good food and good crack with our Grampian hosts. Must do it again sometime.

28th Apr 2013 20:54 :: stroma
enjoyed todays run, met a few more owners ,learned a new road ,found a new cake stop ,what more can you ask for great

28th Apr 2013 21:05 :: Laverda 3ce
Just like to thank Malcolm for planning and routing todays event and everybody who attended for making us feel welcome.
That's our club run cherry popped so hoping to meet up with those there today again and others in the future.
Sandy n Mgt. 

28th Apr 2013 21:22 :: gavin
Thanks to  the Grampian brigade for the rout and company, enjoyed it all very much, the highlight though was Glenshee on the way back, my car was spot on for that road.

28th Apr 2013 22:23 :: liathach
When will I remember to upload photos in reverse order?!

28th Apr 2013 23:43 :: liathach
OK, OK, OK - it's a Chaffinch, not a Blue Tit!  And it wasn't at all cold in the Potting Sh
ed tearoom! 

29th Apr 2013 10:18 :: tom
Hi Malcolm and Alex, nice photographs of our day oot !!
Any chance that yo can email me copies of them o I can add them to Taysides "Run folder" thanks in advance

29th Apr 2013 12:51 :: liathach
Tom, do you want full size files or reduced size?

29th Apr 2013 13:54 :: Rugger
Excellent day oot and a great choice of roads (cheers Malc). The cake was up to it's usual high standards. Nice to have the Taysiders along...but the secret of the cake shop is now Now to wash the car for Forres next weekend.

29th Apr 2013 20:12 :: tom
Hi Malcolm,big is best !! cheers,

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