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To celebrate 10 years of Irene's very popular Walking Breaks, all our guests wanted to do "The Big One" - The Lairig Ghru, a 9 to 10 hr trek, covering almost 20 miles, and with just over 500 metres of up (and back down again!) through from Rothiemurchus to Linn of Dee near Braemar.

Irene ended up doing it 4 times: Firstly on 5th May to recce the route with Tim Hall, an excellent local guide, during which they had to contend with large patches of cruddy crutch-deep snow. I have never seen her looking so tired, I have to say. Then on 26th May, to accompany Alan & Elaine, two guests who were no longer able to make the 2nd Walking Weekend but wanted to do the route very much indeed. The First Walking Weekend was just a few days later on 30th May with the Second on 20th June. She was one fit bunny after that lot, I can tell you.

Thanks for the photos to: Tim, Alan & Elaine, Robin & Susan.