Morning at Loch Mallachie was not what I was hoping for as I drew back the curtains. Low cloud and wind was not what the forecast predicted so at 5.32 two minutes after the allarm had gone off I decided it was worth snoozing a bit longer.
Up at 9 for breakfast and as planned we dorned our thermals for the ride to the top of Cairn Gorm. Quing for the farnicular everyone was in ski clothing and holding on to skies and snow boards while I was holding a tripod and camera bag, to say I felt the odd one out was an understatement. The ride on the train gave some spectacular views and for only £10 return its not bad.
Getting of the train at the top and standing outside made me glad I had put on what I had as if was freezing. They kept on referring in local things I had read about the weather here as the Tundra. I thought David Attenborough only talked about that now I was experiencing cold I never had before. The skiers were happy though.
I met a lovely chap up there who just Started talking to me. He visited the slopes almost every day and he was 82 years old . He was full of life and had skied most of it. He was a knowledgable person that had more stories to tell than jacanory.
Coming back down to base station and stepping outside was like going in to a greenhouse it was so warm Compared to the top of the mountain, so it was a quick change in to more suitable cloaths before heading of to the reindeer centre a mile down the road.
The reindeer centre is a great place to visit and if you keep the ticket from the trip up the mountain you receive a 20% discount on the purchace of a ticket. It’s a guided tour twice a day and a 20 minute walk to the field where the reindeer will be. You have the chance to hand feed these wonderful animals and wander among them freely it truly is worth the visit and you will not be rushed. The guides are extremely helpful answering any questions you have.