A journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway is a delightful day trip for any visitor to Aviemore and Scotland's Cairngorms National Park but it is a "must" for those who are fans of the BBC Drama "Monarch of the Glen" set in this region of the Highlands. The train and the station at Broomhill (end of the line currently) featured in the hit TV series. Broomhill was "Glenbogle Station" and signage from the show is still there that sees fans flock there for a keepsake selfie.The train featured in one of the heartbreaking scenes when Lexie MacDonald left Glenbogle forever. So for fans of the show, a ride on the railway is a special treat.
I selected the First Class upgrade with afternoon tea. The décor of the private compartments is very attractive with a wood paneling and tartan upholstery. The tea service included a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, scones, and cakes accompanied by jam and clotted cream. Altogether it made for a lovely and relaxing trip.
There is ample time to exit the train and stroll around Glenbogle Station while the Aviemore Station includes a gift shop. The train equipment itself is quite historic and the staff are most helpful. Again for "Boglies" seek out conductor Lionel Smith for a chat - he worked as an extra on "Monarch" and is a delightful chap.
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