Steam railway preservation in the Cairngorms
Why not try a day visit to the town of Aviemore and the Strathspey Railway, which is about 90 minutes drive from Banavie. Sunday is the best day of the week to visit as they operate a lunch special service. We stopped at the village of Newtonmore for a coffee break after about one hour at a really nice place in the middle of the high street called The Wild Flour. The coffee and homemade baking is really excellent and they do so much more if you wanted to stop for lunch. We then set off for Aviemore and the steam preservation railway located alongside the mainline station. There is free parking next to the preservation side of the station. Both the steam locomotives operate on a Sunday and were lined up side by side for a nice photo opportunity. It is a lovely journey from Aviemore to Broomhill with great views of the Cairngorm mountains. We also called at Boat-of-Garten and Broomhill stations and had a quick look at Grantown. The future looks bright for this place with plans for a line extension to Grantown-on-Spey and a Black 5 loco to be added to the fleet. Everyone is hoping to see the Black 5 running early in 2020 after a significant overhaul. Aviemore is a pleasant town with good shopping, if you have a bit of spare time afterwards.