A late winter week in Aviemore
I got a night train from London to Aviemore. It was not very comfortable and I slept really badly. I couldn't check into the hostel until 2pm, so I spent the morning in Aviemore drinking coffee and trying not to fall asleep on the cafe table. Then I slept for a bit, and then I decided I'd better get out and see the countryside. I did an easy walk out to the crags over the village at Craigellachie. A savagely icy wind was blowing off the snow covered Cairngorms.
I had some time to kill before the night train back south, so I went to Inverness. It wasn't very nice weather so I had to spend a lot of the day indoors. Luckily I found one of the most awesome book shops I've ever been in, and spent a long time in there. They had a fantastic section of old guidebooks, and I found a Lonely Planet Indonesia guide from 1985. A cool hostel I'd stayed in in Berastagi had been there even 30 years ago, but back then the advice was to watch out for peepholes. It had been a lot less sleazy in 2016.