We stayed at the Rowan Tree Hotel, which is next to Loch Alvie, a few miles south of Aviemore. It sits next to the Speyside Way and is a good base for exploring the Cairngorms or the southern Spey Valley. The food was really good and varied, the staff friendly and efficient and there’s a good bar and selection of drinks on offer too, including local Cairngorm Brewery Beers on draught.
There are more details on the walk from the Walk Highlands website, the section we did was Aviemore to Kincraig, a there and back from the Rowan Tree. There are some fine views to be seen over the Spey Valley, looking towards the Cairngorm Mountains.
A quick thank-you to The Suie Bar, for allowing us in to use their toilets out of hours – a nice looking wee bar and worth a visit we think.