blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Another days Munro bagging in Scotland

Strating at Inverey I headed off dwon the track into Glen Ey. Already tired from my long walk yesterday my feet were sore from the start.

I reached Altanour Lodge in 1 hour 45 minutes. Here the track ends and a path (muddy and variable) starts. I headed up tha Allt Beinn Lutharn still uncertain as to whether I was doing three or two munros today.

I followed the burn all the way to its source and the bealoch between Man nan Carn and Beinn Lutharn Mhor. Looking over to Carn an Righ I decided that two was enough for today, anyway the weather was starting to close in. I climbed to te summit of Beinn Lutharn Mhor, a short distance and rested for a little while.

Proceeding to the north summit I could see my next Munro - Carn Bhac. The way off to the East from the north summit is very steep and stony. From here a tramp across peat bogs and the grassy slops of Munro two of the day. One of the advantages of not using a bike is being able to vary one's route. I descended from Carn Bhac into Glen Connie. A steep descent on heather and grass. Once in Glen Connie I picked up a path on the east side of the Allt Connie which quickly became a grassy track. I followed this until it joined a forestry track and from there back to Inverey. the map shows a bridge crossing the Ey Burn from this track - it is long gone.

All the usual wild flowers were to be seen (Bog Asphodel, Eyebright, Wild Thyme and of course purple heather!) and some butterflies - common blue among them.

A total of 30km (18 miles) and about 900m (2950 ') and a weekend total of 70km
(43 miles) and 2250m (7380')

4 Munros bagged, a Munro bagging total of 215.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Latest Munro bagging weekend was a real treat with wonderful weather. An excellent days hillwalking was had on Saturday in glorious sunshine.

I did Beinn a Bhuird and Ben Avon from Keiloch, 40 km and 1350m. The day starts from the car park at Keiloch on a tarred road, soon track. There are sign posts in this part of the estate, although the map shows (landranger43) the track going straight to The Slugain (marked ruin on the map) it does not, there is a turning (not signposted) to the left after Alltdourie to some cottages and a barn. If you straight on you will end up well out of the way the track goes up the Glas Allt Beag direction.

The glen up to the lodge (The Slugain) narrows and is very attractive, full of buterflies (Fritillary) on Saturday. A little after the lodge the track ends and a well maintained path continues in more open country. My route took me off this path to the left, wading across the Allt Dearg and up the southern side of Beinn a Bhuird. Initially the path is not so good, but once on the hill is excellent, dissappearing towards the south top.

The ridge was wonderful and a great walk to the summit with views across the Cairngorms in all directions.

Down to the Sneck, there are some slabs to be avoided here, difficult in bad weather I should imagine, and then the ascent to Ben Avon and the wonderful granite tor at the summit (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe).

Back down to the sneck and that great path back the Slugain and ten and a half hours later I was back at the car, a little tired.

Eyebright and bog asphodel were among the mountain flowers on display. I also saw a large herd of red deer on the hillside coming down from Ben Avon.

Two Munros bagged! Munro bagging total 213. Another two on Sunday from Inverey, will post details tomorrow.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Off hillwalking and Munro bagging this weekend to Braemar with the "group". Planning to bag at least four new Munros over two days. Both will be big days, long walk ins, although not to much ascent.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Great days hillwalking and Munro bagging with 4 new Munros completed on Saturday. Starting at Luiblea with a long walking I did the Beinn Eibhinn to Carn Dearg ridge, about 36km or 24 miles and 1800m or 6000 feet. Very tired after that!

Walking in to the resevoir before Lochan na h-earba, and then following the track to the ruin at Lubvan. The track turns into a reasonable path, muddy in places, following the Allt Cam. This path goes to Dubh Lochan for a possible return route. I left it where the river splits turning south west climbing over peat bogs to where Meall Cos Charnan ends amd the Allt Gualainn a Charra Mhoir runs down from the Lochan a Charra Mhoir. The view in to the coire looks wonderful from here with a ring of cliffs from Beinn Eibhinn to Aonach Beag.

Reaching the lip of the coire I climbed the near ridge of Beinn Eihinn which looks rocky from below but is not once up there and on to the Munro's summit. Easy terrain leads round to Aonach Beag and onto Geal Charn. Across the broad summit plateau to the rocky drop to Diollaid a Chairn. Looking back at this point you see the true rocky character of the ridge. Ben Alder is rugged from this viewpoint too.

I then climbed Carn Dearg, Munro 4 of the day. The Ben Alder massive looks great from here, another big day. Dropping off at a bearing to meet the path climbing to Loch a Bhealaich Leamhain. A slow and tired ascent, the last climb of the day of only 600 feet and the long walk back to the car on the Loch Laggan road.

Wildlife was everywhere, from butterflies, moths and big hairy caterpillars. Wild flowers included eyebright, selfheal, wild thyme and bilberries - all profuse, with the yellow flowers of bog asphodel brightening the walk in and out. The lovely common milkwort and some saxifrages were also spotted.

10.5 hours later, I collapsed in a heap at the car. My Munro bagging total now at 211.

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