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Meall Tairbh, perfect ascent, imperfect descent.

It was a perfect day, sunny, clear, snowy peaks and no wind. And it was great to go straight up a hill with no obstacles such as fences, no complicated route finding, no preliminary tops. We set off from Forest Lodge, with the frosted grass sparkling in the sunlight. P1020608a.jpg The SMC Graham boo...
by TheTortoise
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:45 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Meall Tairbh, perfect ascent, imperfect descent.
Replies: 0
Views: 625

A pleasing route up Donachain, spotting the Greater Mossbird

I hadn't been looking forward to this hill since failing to climb the Catnish bridge a few years ago, then being told by my more agile friends who had gone across that the day wasn't very enjoyable. Also the thought of walking a significant way through plantations did not appeal. However with short ...
by TheTortoise
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:45 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A pleasing route up Donachain, spotting the Greater Mossbird
Replies: 0
Views: 654

Sun and snowy peaks, Bheinn Lochain from Lettermay

A gloriously sunny day. We parked at the end of the road to Lettermay, almost immediately encountering a slightly fallen sign which may or may not have indicated that a forest diversion was still in place. We played safe and followed the diversion signs, deducing one from the sign for people going t...
by TheTortoise
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sun and snowy peaks, Bheinn Lochain from Lettermay
Replies: 0
Views: 470

Royal route on Cromdale

We were staying at the welcoming Fraoch Lodge at Boat of Garten. It was sunny but quite windy. The Hare and other faster friends were off to Bynack More but four of us decided that one Cromdale hill was a good route for the day. And indeed it was, we had more sun than the others and the wind was mor...
by TheTortoise
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:49 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Royal route on Cromdale
Replies: 0
Views: 872

Queensberry from Mitchellslacks

I intended to take the easy way up Queensberry by following the track nearly to the New House ruin, then up the atv track to the summit. The Hare was going to do a large horseshoe over Wee Queensberry and on over Earncraig hill and Gana Hill. However we both went wrong very quickly by not looking at...
by TheTortoise
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Queensberry from Mitchellslacks
Replies: 0
Views: 1175

Meall Mor from Eileanach

The way past Eileanach Lodge was daunting, with gates firmly shut and barking dogs. However a friendly lady came out, opened the gates (for a car), quietened the dogs and welcomed us through, saying that the scenery was too good not to share with others. We walked along a wide forest track, then acr...
by TheTortoise
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Meall Mor from Eileanach
Replies: 0
Views: 1281

Windlestraw from Innerleithen

We followed the walkhighlands recommended horseshoe from Innerleithen round to Walkerburn. A great walk, mostly easy underfoot with tracks or paths. The low cloud hung over the valleys, as we walked up the ridge and over various tops. IMG_20191014_092632.jpg $matches[2] The eventual Graham summit wa...
by TheTortoise
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Windlestraw from Innerleithen
Replies: 0
Views: 990

Two trigs on tri tigh

Sadly, the most interesting part of this hill was travelling there along minor roads to Daless, approaching from the north, encountering tractors, remote moors and a red squirrel, and strange road signs (it should really say Caution: Potholes, good suspension needed), and afterwards driving out alon...
by TheTortoise
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Two trigs on tri tigh
Replies: 0
Views: 852

Andrew Whinney horseshoe

Starting from the Ettick water, there are multiple possibilities for horseshoe rounds. The forecast was for strong winds and rain later, so we thought that if necessary we could bag Andrew Whinney Hill quickly and descend. We parked in a large area just short of Crook Cottage, and walked back along ...
by TheTortoise
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Andrew Whinney horseshoe
Replies: 0
Views: 704

Short Ettrick horseshoe

A beautiful sunny day with little wind. This is a great loop with views out to the Solway on the way out and across to the Moffat Corbetts on the return. From the end of road, we walked to Over Phawhope Bothy and peeped inside (a settee! and could the owners of the cycles and clothes hanging up be s...
by TheTortoise
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Short Ettrick horseshoe
Replies: 0
Views: 664

Cauldcleugh Head circuit from Billhope

A leisurely start meant that the clouds had cleared off the summits. We parked by the forest near Billhope and followed a good ATV track up Tudhope Hill, then on in a circuit, following ATV or single path all the way, Lovely views over the surrounding hills and fields, especially from Tudhope to Cau...
by TheTortoise
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cauldcleugh Head circuit from Billhope
Replies: 0
Views: 734

Past crags and lochans to Glas-charn

After our long walk the previous day, one Graham seemed like a good idea. We parked by the start of the forest track which led us steeply uphill by the Allt an Utha initially, then we traversed flattish pathless ground towards our hill. We followed a deer track later on that took us above the steep ...
by TheTortoise
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Past crags and lochans to Glas-charn
Replies: 0
Views: 452

Abandoned villages, Croit Bheinn and Beinn Gaire

our_route.gpx Another sunny day, more remote hills. We haven't done much walking in Scotland in the summer recently and were almost put off by the midge forecast of 5. Luckily we went anyway and found a high carpark overnight for the van above Ardmorlich, which seemed to get just enough breeze to k...
by TheTortoise
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Abandoned villages, Croit Bheinn and Beinn Gaire
Replies: 0
Views: 771

Re: Circular cycle ride from Tomintoul, oh, and a Graham

Hello, I see that you folks enjoy reaching your hills when using the off-road bikes....me too. :) However on a ride from Dorback, over the water of Caiplich near the Castle, past a pigeon loft I guess to take the pressure off the grouse and onto the steep brae up to where your Graham could be reach...
by TheTortoise
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Circular cycle ride from Tomintoul, oh, and a Graham
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Cycling and Binnien Shios

Looking for a relatively easy day sort of on the way home, where we could use the mountain bikes which we had with us. Binnien Shios fitted the bill nicely. We had no idea what the tracks were like for cycling and were undecided which way to go - beside Loch Laggan or beside Lochan na H-Earba. We fi...
by TheTortoise
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cycling and Binnien Shios
Replies: 0
Views: 514
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