We'd driven to Strathfarrar a couple of weeks ago, only to find that the glen was closed to visitors on Tuesdays! Today was a Sunday. We'd followed a very sloow camper van laden with bikes off the Struy road. As it wasn't yet 9 o'clock (when the gate opens), I started fretting that we'd be stuck behind it all the way up the glen, especially as our car has currently got L plates on it. I breathed a sigh of relief when thew van parked up and its occupants rode off on their bikes.
Strathfarrar is one of my favourite glens. It doesn't have the majesty of Affric but its remoteness gives it something truly special. Coupled with the fact that access is limited, means that the glen is not overrun with visitors. The trees are indeed special.The road had been resurfaced since we'd last visited and there were very few potholes on it but tehre are now a few speed-bumps.
We parked at the Uisage power station and began our walk which followed the SMC guide. The track westwards is in great condition as it gives access to a hydro scheme, you could drive along it, but once we'd crossed a couple of rickety bridges (one probably won't survive for much longer) and started climbing towards the Clach an Daimh bealach, the condition deteriorated. Nevertheless someone had recently taken a mountain bike along i, but it wouldn't be for the faint hearted. It took 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the bealach and we were faced with super rough ground - tussocky grass, peat hags, burns to cross. Our first glimpse of AN Cruachan made us both think it looked so far away and was steep. But as we got closer, the gradient wasn't too bad but it is a long way to the summit cairn. This hill is in a really remote spot - views down to Iron Lodge, to Pait Lodge, to Lurg Mhor. It's a beauty but tough.
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