Aviemore: The Highlands Train Ride ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ

Since I have been a little kid, I have always loved trains (like honestly who doesnโ€™t lol? ๐Ÿ˜‚) Building model trains and watching the trains moved across the landscape as I fantasied about travelling on them were all such wonderful times back then. ๐Ÿš‚ ๐Ÿš‚ So it should come as no surprise that a long dream of mine is to ride a steam train across the British countryside (and watching great railway journeys during lockdown definitely made me feel more enthusiastic about it haha!) At last, this dream finally came true!

For the start of our road trip up north, my mum and I dropped by Aviemore, a town situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. The town itself is a popular touristsโ€™ destination (evident in the lack of vacancies for accommodation when I booked two weeks ago! ๐Ÿ˜…) and the Strathspey Steam Train is a particular attraction there. The train journey itself is about 1 and an half hours long and travelled across the scenic countryside, passing Boat of Garten and Broomhill stations on the way before returning along the same route back to Aviemore. The afternoon tea ticket cost a very reasonable price of ยฃ35.25 each (comparing to the more luxurious train journeys in London such as the British Pullman which are more than 10 times the price. Probably will never be able to get on those in my lifetime! ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

Strathspey Steam Train in Aviemore Station (Everyone was marvelling at the steam engine taking photos. This is my first ever time seeing one in front of me!)
Afternoon tea tickets for the train (costing ยฃ35.25 each totalling ยฃ70.50 for the two of us)

The afternoon tea set is all inclusive in the price including teas/coffees plus a free, small bottle of Prosecco per person! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚ You will be asked to pick the options for the sandwiches (we chose the egg mayo and tuna mayo) which will come along with the scones and cakes. Honestly I didnโ€™t have high hopes for the food, but they all turned out to be of good qualities. Tuna sandwiches and the fruit cake tasted great! And I have never been a fan of scones and Victoria sponges, but they were both surprisingly good and moist. (I used up that whole jar of delicious strawberry jam ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ to spread on the scones hehe. Perfection with the clotted cream! ๐Ÿ˜‹)

English Afternoon Tea Set
The Prosecco with the view is just simple perfection! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ (Think we got a little tipsy at one point hahaโ€ฆ)

FYI the first part of the journey was very bumpy, so we were swinging side to side as we drank our tea/coffees. (Almost spat it out! It was hilarious!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿซ– โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ)

Beside the food and wine, we certainly made sure we didnโ€™t missed any of the beautiful scenery along the route! So many cows and sheep ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ‘ across the vast land and the nature just looked amazing!

Beautiful countryside ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ
Wonder how life is like living on a farm? ๐Ÿค”
The train making a stop at Broomhill Station
Boat of Garten Station
The vast landscape of the Highlands
Moo moo moo ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ
Baa baa baa ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ (You can even hear them from the train!)

Finishing the train ride, we settled for an early evening in our B&B and were greeted by the two very friendly owners! They were both so attentive and welcoming that they have made it such a nice stay! (We got some Chinese takeaways for dinner and they were so nice setting up tables for us to eat the food in their dining room. ๐Ÿฅฐ)

Cute little pug in the B&B ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• (sat there and ate dinner with us)

The next morning we explored Aviemore a bit more before departing on the bus to Perth, changing to Aberdeen.

Vegetarian Scottish Breakfast the next morning (Loved that veggie haggis! ๐Ÿ˜‹)
Came back for a second serving of this delicious green apple ๐Ÿ ice cream! (Had it twice in the two days hehe!) Also ordered the melon ๐Ÿˆ ice cream too!
Following the water
Very relaxing ๐Ÿ˜Œ
Such clear water and you can see the fishes in there!
Into the woods – felt like a scene from Totoro
Did a bit of re-enacting of the movie before we left ๐Ÿ˜‚

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