I downloaded the walkihighlands GPX file and uploaded this onto viewranger. The arrows on the viewranger was going anti-clockwise for this circuit which is opposite to the Walkhighlands notes. I followed the Walkhighlands notes as my target of the day corbett Auchnafree Hill would be reached first and then I would decide whether to complete the circuit or just do a linear walk an retrace my steps.
The weather was sunny and windy along Loch Turret. The track to be followed was excellent and although a bit long at 3 miles for a warm up, the views along this glen more than compensated for it.
Along the way there are various signs where the estate management request that you do not take the descent down the hillside but instead follow the well established track. The GPX file from Walkhighlands includes this alteration.
After 3 miles of walking the end of Loch Turret is reached and there is a track off to the right that double backs and head up to the base of Auchnafree Hill.
Plenty opportunity on the ascent for a nice wee photo and breather en route.
The uphill section was made easier by the excellent track. At the top a track branches off left to the summit passing four new looking grouse butts en route. Soon the track ends and there is a mild bog section to cross before the larger cairn is reached.
Not the true summit but an easy to see target.
The summit of the corbett is just a short walk along a good path.
Now for the decision, do I retrace my steps or complete the circuit taking the longer route to the car via Choinneachain Hill. With the good weather and conditions - wind keeping any flying wee beasties at bay, I opted for the circuit.
Following step 5 in the walkhighlands notes I opted for staying on the track which is also the route in the GPX file.There were a couple of descents and ascents to be done before reaching Choinneachain Hill.
The track passes right alongside the significant cairn.
There was another smaller cairn nearby and a slight detour off to this and there were some great views down across to the Blue Craigs.
I returned to the track and followed the route back to the car park taking in some great views on the way back. My biggest compliment I can give a hillwalk is that I will be back.
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