Easter weekend and looking for a way to get three young boys and a couple of parents with cabin-fever out and about and away from chocolate eggs, the Xbox and inactivity. After a frustrating car packing and packed lunch readying we headed down to Kingussie and found something for everyone with a spectactular walk around and over Creag Bheag (487 m) above Kingussie. A 3 mile circular path took us up to the summit with a short detour around the picturesque Loch Gynack. Great views towards the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains and clear blue skies to offset the majestic vista in all directions. On the way up we saw red squirrel and crested tits as we walked along the Gynack Mill path through the Caledonian forest. The weather being so enticing we walked a 'Dad detour' around Loch Gynack and predictably lost the path. My folly was only rescued by a stray Osprey headed north over the loch, perhaps a new male for the lonely EJ recently arrived at Loch Garten, who knows... As we climbed Creag Bheag a Golden Eagle circled in from the bigger hills and a few mountain hare sprinted for cover, more from the kids than the eagle I suspect!
The summit brought a further view of Kingussie village and thoughts drifted to William Pickles and his practice in Aysgarth, walking the hills surrounding the practice and thinking on the patients and problems contained within them. What an amazing place... However these idyll reflections were soon interrupted by an impromptu snowball fight which was sure to end in tears and did.
A great day out for all the family which ended in style with a fantastic pizza tea in Aviemore and smiles all around.
Dr Mark Taylor, GP and Trainer, Kingsmills Medical Practice, Inverness
GP Associate Advisor, NES, Inverness Office