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A wee dander up Càrn Faire nan Con

A wee dander up Càrn Faire nan Con


Postby Hills4dogs » Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:03 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Càrn Faire nan Con

Date walked: 10/12/2021

Time taken: 2.02 hours

Distance: 5.49 km

Ascent: 319m

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Had my covid booster the day before and surprisingly wasn't feeling any after effects, so since it was a glorious day decided to head out and tackle another local marilyn. I had read Malky C's and Dogplodder's excellent reports and thought Càrn Faire nan Con would be a great choice. In an attempt to try a circular walk, after starting from Garve I was intending to go round the back of the hill to Ard a chulish, then up to Loch an Dubh-chairn before summiting and then making my way back to Garve. It didn't quite work out like that, because the path on the OS map has been significantly upgraded to a track (presumably for maintenance access to the electricity pylons) and I got "distracted" and missed the turn off to the lower path as you go around the back of the hill. So the walk was a bit shorter than anticipated but still a good day out.


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Parked off the road just before Garve in the wide entrance way to the maintenance track. There was a good track up from here (after hopping over a gate). Round the corner after gaining a bit of height the track was a bit icy which could have been quite challenging coming down if the temperature dropped but fortunately it didn't!

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The track up with our goal in the background

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Loch Garve looking splendid


As we went around another corner, we soon came across a view of Sgurr Marcasaidh

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Sgurr Marcasaidh looks like an impressive Marilyn


We walked a bit further and could now see Loch Luichart below with a view out to the foothills of the Fannichs. I think it was at this point that I missed the path off the track!

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Loch Luichart


So we soon came to the end of the main track at a pylon, looking down I could see the path we should have been on! Rather than trying to go down, I just decided to go up here instead. The journey up wasn't too tricky although I think it would be significantly more challenging in the summer because there was a lot of dead bracken to walk through.

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The bracken we had to go through on the way up.


After not too much trouble we were up at the top.

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Dill on one of the three tops on the very small summit

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Views out to Beinn a Chaisteil (on right) and An Faochagach (on left) - I think

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Sgurr Marcasaidh again

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Dill in the slightly snowy heather


The way off the top, NW to Garve was relatively straight forward. It did involve going down a steepish wall of heather but relatively easy to cope with by traversing backwards and forward while holding onto the heather as we descended. After the heather we came onto a rough ATV path that led us back to the main track for the rest of the decent.

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The wall of heather we had to come down


Another good day out on the little hills :D :D and certainly wetted my appetite for exploring Sgurr Marcasaidh
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