Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hills of Cromdale

A drier day today, if rather grey and murky. Chilly for August too. We went for a wander up the Hills of Cromdale, just south of Grantown-on-Spey.  It must be said that they're not the most dramatic of hills, being typical rounded heathery domes, but they make up for this by lots of history, great open views and (at this time of year) fantastic purple heather. The route up from Cromdale takes one close to the site of the Battle of Cromdale, where a Jacobite army fought a Government force in 1690.

Up on the ridge there is an elaborate cairn built to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.  The views from up here over Strathspey are great, even on a dull day, with waves of purple covered hills and forest rolling away to the horizon.

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