For a half or full day out involving a good bit of exercise and some powerful sustenance, this itinerary has got to be a favourite!
From The Square in Grantown-on-Spey, walk or cycle down Forest Road past the fire station to access Anagach Woods. If you need to hire bikes, Lindsay at Basecamp Bikes on The Square will sort you out – their fine selection includes kids bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes.
In Anagach Woods, choose from various waymarked trails ranging in length from 1 to 4 hours walking time through the beautiful Scots pinewood. The longest trail includes a lovely stretch of open track down by the River Spey, a popular spot for salmon fishing. Explore for as long as you like, but do keep enough energy to propel yourselves towards the south-west exit of Anagach Woods, where you’ll come to a roundabout on the A95. Cross the bridge over the River Spey and follow the signs into Achnagonalin Industrial Estate, where the glorious smell of freshly baked goods will entice you to take the first right – follow the signs for KJ’s Bothy Bakery and Andersons Wood Fired Pizza.
Formerly of the award-winning and beloved Mountain Cafe in Aviemore, owner and head chef Kirsten Gilmour and her team relocated and relaunched as KJ’s Bothy Bakery in 2020. Here you can definitely refuel with delicious takeaway coffees, breads, cakes, baguettes, soup and more – there are even special homemade dog biscuits!
The wee dog-friendly ‘sitooterie’ is ideal for a pitstop, or you can take your goodies back into Anagach Woods and find a bench or a suitable log! Steve Anderson and KJ’s superb food is simply good for body and soul, and you’ll complete your day out feeling both invigorated and replete.
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