Last weekend, we went away in the van to explore more of the Aviemore area. It’s somewhere we love because of the mountains, but we haven’t really done much of the valley walks. However, the weather last weekend lined up brilliantly with us wanting a slower weekend, with shorter walks (hopefully) between the showers.
The Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail combines a lovely woodland walk with some culture packing a punch! The sculptures are spectacularly created, though our son did think they were “a little bit creepy!” and was warning other people about it as we went. A few had information boards next to them, explaining the thoughts behind the artists’ thinking. There was a lot of politics, war and death and we thought the surrounding woods added to the impact of the sculptures. The meandering path and autumnal trees, on a wet day with lichen showing on the drooping branches was just as gnarly.
In the walled garden there are a few more sculptures that are more darker, more political. Our son really didn’t like this part. Our favourite was The Walker which from the right angle, looked like a loping walker.
Back at the carpark, we headed along a smaller trail down towards the river and after about 5 minutes walk, came to a carved bridge over the River Feshie. The waterfalls were brilliant following the recent rain and Keith and our son spent a bit of time looking for kayaking lines down it…..
- Distance: about 1.5km on fairly flat woodland trail
- Nearest Town: Aviemore
- Other info: There’s a charge for carpark so remember some cash. Take the path to waterfalls just a short walk away fromt he other corner of the carpark
- Pushchair friendly: It is considered an all-abilities path and also has blue badge parking available avoiding the steps from the car park
- Route: Walkhighlands website