On Thursday my friend Maariaane and I took ourselves off to Kingussie. I had nabbed two free day return train tickets in a recent promotion from Abellio who have recently taken over the daytime Scotrail services.
I had already done some research as to what we might do, and on the day the weather looked fine, so we did this route from the WalkHighlands website. After a short climb out of Kingussie, it was mostly flat across gravel path and moorland. At various points there was evidence of old settlements as well as the views of the mountains. The outward leg was 5 miles and took us just under 3 hours (we were stopping to take lots of photos as well as having a nice snack break so you could probably do it quicker), and the return 2 miles was alongside a roadside cycle path and took us about 50 minutes.
On arriving at Newtonmore, I already had a sneaking suspicion of where we might have lunch. Mr B and I stumbled across The Wild Flour a couple of months ago when we were driving up the A9. It’s a lovely cafe which does occasionally open for evening meals, so I thought I would introduce Maarianne to the cafe.
We both partook in homemade flatbreads with some delicious fillings, served with a rocket salad and pickled coleslaw. I went with the Chicken option (which also came with bacon, avocado, sundried tomatoes, and basil pesto), Maari went for the mushroom option. They are not the easiest things to eat (on account of the messiness) but the bread was delicious and all the flavours work together so well.
We both couldn’t resist choosing from the extensive sideboard of cakes and we both went for the gluten free brownie. Neither of us require to remove gluten from our diets, but I often prefer a gf brownie as they are much more fudgey and dense (probably a more unhealthy version to choose from!). The Wild Flour Brownie is a case in point – served warm, the fudge chunks melted in the mouth. So yummy!
On our way back to Kingussie I snapped a couple of murals.
Another discovery was this – cakes for sale on a local doorstep for £1! I brought back a slice of Mars Bar Crispy cake for Mr B.