Looking southwest along Loch Muick
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Having a few days free earlier this month, I took myself off to Braemar to climb some Corbetts. After an early start from Ayrshire I reached Spittal of Glenshee in plenty of time to take myself up Ben Gulabin before driving further up the road to reach the summit of Creag nan Gabhar by mid afternoon.
The next day I set off from Linn of Dee to climb Sgor Mor via White Bridge in good weather. Once I'd climbed out of the glen the views opened up all around - north into the Lairig Ghru and towards Glen Luibeg and Ben Macdui Walking east on the broad ridge was a delight though it left a frustrating descent through heather covered slopes back to the start.
Carn na Drochaide from Glen Quoich was the hill of choice before the drive home the following day and, once again, I was rewarded with great views towards Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird and west along the River Dee.
A view of Gaick Pass and Loch an T-Seilich from the summit of Meallach Mhor. Enjoying some views having tramped the 5km from Carn Dearg Mor in less than good visibility. The 3rd Corbett in the area, Leathad an Taobhain, was climbed a few days later in atrocious conditions!
I had a great couple of days in Glenuig guiding Kay and Liz on 4 Grahams at the end of June.
Day 1 was a long one with an ascent of Beinn Gaire and Croit Bheinn from Glen Moidart in great weather with lovely views towards Rum and Rois-Bheinn. Tired but with a good hill day under our belts, we returned to Glenuig Inn for a tasty meal and a glass of wine.
Day 2 we tackled Meall nan Damh and Glas Bheinn to the north of Cona Glen. The weather was not so kind to us this time but we enjoyed another good day out.
Friday, 5 May 2017
Following at first the River Ericht the road turns north east after the dam at the southern end of Loch Ericht and begins to climb steadily into the hills with not a soul to be seen. At the high point I left the bike and climbed the last 230m on grassy slopes to the summit. What a viewpoint! The full length of Loch Ericht stretched before me and directly opposite was the massive hulk of Ben Alder, still with some snow.
The sunshine and the panorama before me were indeed to be savoured and I spent a contented half hour taking it all in before returning down the slopes to the bike and an easy cycle back to the Bridge of Ericht after two excellent days in the hills.
|Northeast from the summit to Loch Ericht|
|Summit cairn with Meall na Meoig in distance|
|From summit cairn looking southwest|
Leaving Ayrshire early on Wednesday morning, I had started off up the Road to the Isles just east of Rannoch Station by 10.30am with the aim of climbing Meall na Meoig, also called Beinn Pharlagain. The weather was bright and visibility excellent, and the sun was warm when sheltered from a strong, cold breeze - perfect weather for a walk in the hills.
At the bridge over the Allt Eigheach a climb up steep heathery slopes took me on to a broad pleasant ridge and eventually to the rocky outcrop of the summit of this Corbett and views north to the Munros of Loch Ossian and northeast to Ben Alder and Loch Ericht. Fantastic views in every direction, from the conical Schiehallion to Buachaille Etive Mor and the entrance to Glen Etive, from the expanse of Rannoch Moor and the Blackwater Reservoir and further to Ben Nevis.
For the first time this year the conditions allowed me to sit in a sheltered spot in the sun enjoying a late lunch before returning by the same route, with a home cooked farmhouse dinner to look forward to!
|Train leaving Rannoch Station|
|Looking south from Meall na Meoig|
|Looking west over the slopes of Carn Dearg|
Last week, however, Andrew and I took advantage of some bright spring weather to drive up to Kinlochleven to climb Glas Bheinn, an isolated Corbett overlooking Loch Eilde Mor. There is quite a lot of work going on around the outlet dam here so crossing was not as straightforward as it could have been, but we made it without getting wet and headed for the summit by way of Meall na Cruaidhe.
The sun shone on us, and we got some great views from the snow covered summit before descending directly northwest to cross the loch by a causeway and back to Kinlochleven on the track to Mamore Lodge.
|Andy at summit cairn|
|View west down Loch Leven|