A six-mile extension to the Speyside Way has been officially opened.
The Speyside Way is one of Scotland’s original long distance routes, opening in 1981 from Spey Bay to Ballindalloch.
In 2000, it was extended to Aviemore – creating a 65-mile route for cyclists and walkers to enjoy.
However, there has always been an aspiration to extend the route further to Newtonmore, and this latest extension between Aviemore and Kincraig marks the first step towards that.
Sports Minister Jamie Hepburn officially opened the extension at the weekend, chatting with local walkers and cyclists as he enjoyed a section of the route close to Dalraddy Holiday Park near Aviemore.
The opening coincided with the launch of the new Active Cairngorms strategy and partnership, which aims to inspire residents and visitors to use the park for physical activity at least once a day.
Mr Hepburn said: “I’m very pleased to be opening the extension of the Speyside Way and helping to launch the new Active Cairngorms strategy and partnership.
“We’re spoiled for scenery here in Scotland and I’d encourage residents and visitors to take every opportunity to get out and about and enjoy their surroundings. We know that regular exercise is as good for our mental wellbeing as it is for our physical health and I’m delighted to work with groups like this to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.”