We were on our way up to mum's in Buckie for the new year when we decided to go for a climb in the Cairngorms. It turned out to be a windy day with poor visility. The snow lower down was well frozen on top but with soft snow underneath the frozen crust. Higher up the snow was soft and thawing. We decided on climbing the Fiacaill Ridge as seen below. However, due to the strong gusting wind we didn't climb the ridge direct and skirted past the narrow sections. Great to be in the mountains again.
The Cairngorms skiing was proving very popular with large numbers on the slope. The picture below shows some of the main runs and also the busy funicular railway, this was late afternoon. In the morning we were too late for parking in the upper car park and had to park lower down, but at least there were shuttle buses which saved a walk up the road.