On 1 April 2015, a Dutch company called Abellio took over the contract to operate ScotsRail trains. And that meant a big giveaway of free train tix. Which meant that we got a piece of the free action. Dank u!
As has become our pattern when it’s supposed to turn out nice again, we bolted mid-week, heading north to Blair Atholl, at the lower edge of the Cairngorms National Park, via Stirling with a quick change of trains at Perth.
This week though, we didn’t see fine weather; but with those train tickets, what could we do but bundle up and go. Oh! Things were grey; the rain and hail almost stopped us in our (train) tracks.
We knocked about in the self-service Cairngorm Gateway Information Centre at Blair Atholl ’til the weather broke as you’ll see below. Blair Atholl, which in addition to being fun to say, did prove to be a fun few hours’ stomping around on the Atholl Estates.
We had a late-afternoon meal at the cafe inside the Castle. The hallway to the toilets is not quite like any other.