My Favourite Walks from The Boat House, Rothiemurchus, by Alexandra Grant
“The Boat House was my first home and l love going back to enjoy my favourite walks. Beside the drive, the branches of the beech trees made a roof to our outdoor house as we swished our wee feet through the leaves. We took the dogs out of the door and along ‘The River’ (Spey) where we could hear the sound of cattle in the fields as we ran under the arch of Beech trees planted beside the river bank.
As our legs grew longer we used to walk to the Lochans across the moor and under the pines to shake the snow from the trees in the winter, go for a picnic in the spring, swim with the water lilies in the summer or to listen to the roars of stags echoing from the hills in the autumn rut.
When we were seeking an adventure, we could climb up the hills and head into the Glens in search of snow in the middle of summer, spy the Red Deer, find a salmon spawning way up a mountain burn, spot a mountain hare, or see the summit of Ben Nevis on a clear day.”
Walks around Rothiemurchus
A map of the network of low level signed maintained paths on Rothiemurchus, will be waiting for you at The Boat House. There will also be a membership card for Friends of Rothiemurchus which includes free parking for Loch an Eilein, just a mile from the Boat House, where there is an excellent path round one of the best loved lochs in Scotland: Countryfile’s description – “Loch an Eilein is, for many, the finest short walk in the country.”
You can read more about walks in Rothiemurchus, the Cairngorms and the rest of the Highlands area on the Walk Highlands website: