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A walk beside the angry waters of Bruar.

 After the weekend rainfall in the Grampians we managed to see the big angry waters of the Bruar river at lunchtime on Monday. The paths beside the Falls of Bruar  are easily reached from the Parking at the Cafe/shops at the Bruar complex perhaps a major stopping place on the A9 road both North or South. Marif asked, why so much water here, just looking at the map the gathering area is vast stretching from the area of the Minigaig pass....used by the cattle drovers for several hundred years...and down to close to where the Bruar river joins the Garry/Tummel system prior to the Faskally Hydro generating works. Approach on the path to the lower bridge. The upper bridge is reached from a path on the opposite side of the river. A return down the path to the lower bridge using the path to re-join our original path. Marif has a firm grip on part of the Silver Birch. looking back from the Lower bridge.
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Following a stage of the Dava Way with a diversion onto the higher moorland...and with a continuation through to Forres.

 The Dava Way follows an abandoned railway track from Grantown on Spey down to Forres. Having parked up near to the bridge over the river Spey we cycled into Grantown and passed by the Camping Site to reach an under bridge to then engage with the route.  The trains that operated on the track here were in operation until the savage cuts to rail services in the mid sixties. As far as I know the service from here to Forres was the only available way at that time in the eighteen hundreds to get to both Inverness or to Aberdeen?  The later service beyond Aviemore to get to Inverness directly must have affected what happened to passenger numbers on this service. Typical travel on the old track now overgrown and producing a tunnel to cycle through. Looking down on the gatehouse to the old Grant Estate from the Dava Way, on a bridge, that crosses the road into Grantown on Spey. Marif beside the gate used by the Estate Laird to gain access to the train service. The gatehouse to the Estate is a