I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy hiking 65km over 3 days around the same route as 200+ people as much as I did a couple of weeks ago. If any space in the UK could do a good job of dispersing that many hikers amongst its forests, glens and fords, the Cairngorm massif is probably best equipped.
I’d only been once before, hurrying through Glen Feshie on two wheels as part of an event years ago, so I was pretty excited to see some places I’d heard of but couldn't place on a map. Places made more magical and elusive by their distance to the north of most of our island - the Lairig Ghru, the Rothiemurchus, the Lin of Dee, Fords of Avon. Certainly places for wannabee energy foods to prove themselves as worthy hiking fodder.