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Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:00 pm
by TCoo212
Howdy trekkers,
We are a wee small (new) walking group from N.Ireland "Foyle Trekkers". Totally mixed ability from novice to ML. Staying in Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten end of May. Have two days to enjoy the Cairngorms. Any route advice, modetate, 5-6 hrs, within reasonable travelling distance would be greatly appreciated. we can plan our own, but local knowledge is always well received.


Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:20 pm
by Caberfeidh
Glen Feshie is a nice low-level route amongst old pine forest (well-spaced trees) with loads of wildlife. Higher up, leaving your vehicles at the car park at the Cairngorm Ski Funicular, a range of routes are open to you, weather depending.You can do a circuitous route along the tops of Corrie nan Lochan and that other one beside it which I forget the name of right now, might be Leith-Conn or Ant Traechda(spelled sneachda), or up to the top and back. Near there the reindeer enclosure which you can see down the hill from the road from the ski area toward Rothiemurcus forest makes an interesting diversion with good photo opportunities - reindeer will do anything for a Tuc biscuit.But then so will most of us. If the weather is very fine you could hire an open canoe and paddle around Loch Morlich, nestled in the Caledonian pine forest and haunt of otters, ospreys and deer which creep out of the woods to drink or graze on the unfrequented shore. The track from Glenmore Lodge up to Ryvoan and ultimately either Loch A'an (a long way over rough ground with the chance of terrible weather pouncing on you over the hill) or the lower piney-forested Nethybridge.It's a lovely spot all over.
Canoeing Loch Morlich.JPG
Corrie cliffs Cairn Gorm.JPG
cute wee reindeer.JPG
Rothiemurcus Forest.JPG
Ryvoan March 2008.JPG
Lochan Uaine of Ryvoan.JPG

Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:05 pm
by TCoo212
Appreciated Caberfidh,

checked those out on the map, having never been here before it is hard to appreciate the scale of the place. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us, we will let everyone know how we get on

Take care


Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:44 pm
by Myth
Ooooh - SUCH a great area...

Right on the doorstep, you could walk across the Spey, and donder about in the Abernethy Forest, and stand a chance of seeing "the" Osprey... she's laid at least one egg!

Staying on the North side, you've a huge range of options, but I recommend that you "do" Ryvoan pass from Nethy Bridge (or the stop Paul used for the start of the "Abernethy Forest and Ryvoan circuit" walk, but keep going over the top)! Fairly simple stomp from Nethy side up and over to Glenmore via Ryvoan (optional detour over Meille a'Bhuachaille ), late lunch in the cafe at Glenmore, and either bus back, or walk back over (optional Meille a'Bhuachaille if passed in morning)! walking both way (or even one way if adding the hill) could be over 5 hours long (or well over) - depends what you want!

Right on the doorstep from Boat of Garten, going South you can walk over the hill into Glenmore Forest park, via Badaguish - quite a long walk, but lots to see, and easy choices about the return!

While in the area, you need to do Cairngorm itself - pretty simple. Going left from the top car park is the "obvious" route, but not very interesting... From the lower car park up Coire na Ciste, is a lovely wild walk, or from the top car park, cast wide south west on the start of the Ben Macdui route (to peek along the Lairig Ghru), and then double back along the tops of Cairn Lochan etc to Cairn Gorm. For those who want an "easier" walk, walk up the main Coire Cas access road (dirt), and at the last zip zag, follow the path up and right onto Fiacaill ridge - it's a REALLY well made path at the top, and easy to walk. Good views too!
Five to six hours will just about cover fit folks doing a speed dash for Ben Macdui - but marginal. It would have to be a dash...

A very nice gentle amble is the Loch An Eilein circuit in Rothiemurchus. This can be extended and connected with so many other walks... go really early or really late for more chance to see wildlife.
There are also loads of nice trails around Loch Morlich - with the advantage that the bus route runs conveniently past... but less wildlife.

Mmmm - so much more... I'll pause and take breath!

Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:23 pm
by TCoo212
I have a funny feeling that this is an area we will need to return to (quite a few times). thanks for this we are really looking forward to the trip now. Advice is taken on board.



Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:04 pm
by Myth
Oi - Caberfeidh!

Sort yer photo out! You've posted Lochan Uaine upside down!


Re: Newbys, route advice

PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:30 am
by Caberfeidh
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