The views east are of the Cairngorms - where I'll be hiking tomorrow - while the town itself is backed by a high ridge that keeps the wind off. After arriving at my hostel and rearranging my case I decided to go for a gentle stroll before dinner... and 45mins later found myself on the top of the ridge, 450m above sea level in the Craigellachie Nature Reserve, with a stunning view across to the Cairngorms; gold in the evening sun and deep blue in the shadows of the clouds. I sat for a while to try and draw them, but the colours are indescribable. Even the plants on the ridge where I was sitting seemed to glow a neon green, tingled with crimson and purple where the woody stalks and flowers caught the sunlight.
There's still snow on the higher peaks - I must remember to take an extra layer tomorrow.
Came down again, very breezy, and had dinner at Ben Mac Dui's. If you go there, and they recommend the grilled haddock, take their advice.