I had a quick look at the MWIS on Friday and the forecast for yesterday was for relatively low cloud level so we stayed closer to home with a trip to Dollar rather than trying to get too high. This gave us the chance to go up one of the two Donalds in the Ochills that we had not been up. Cameron wasn't feeling at his best but when given the choice of going to the Dunfermline Gala with his sister or coming on a walk with me it was clear that I was going to have a walking buddy for a few hours.
The route selected was out of the Cicerone Guide and started at the top carpark at Castle Campbell, head straight up Saddle Hill, follow the saddle up to Whitewisp and then head east to Innerdownie. The route was then to run down to Glendevon before returning along Glenquey. However we cut the walk short after Innerdownie and dropped straight down to the west end of Glenquey Reservoir which cut a couple of miles off of the walk but took us through waist level grass which totally soaked us (I wouldn't advise going this way as the area is being regenerated with old broadleaf trees and the going underfoot is very uneven).
The best bit about the tramp up Saddle Hill is the views back down to Castle Campbell and Dollar. The hill itself is not high but there is no clear path up and the grass was very deep so after the heavy overnight rain is was damp underfoot and we managed to get quite wet up to our thighs.
Looking back down to Castle Campbell
Up to Saddle Hill
We reached the rather disappointing cairn on Saddle Hill and found a path north that took us up to Whitewisp. The cloud had really closed in at this point.
There are two paths from here. The NW path takes you to Tarmangie but we followed the NE path towards Innerdownie. Following the NE path you soon come to a deer fence with large ladder to take you over. After this its simple a case of keeping the deer fence and then a dyke to your left and this will lead up to the cairn at Innerdownie.
Path up to Innerdownie
Old ruined shelter at Innerdownie
The sun broke through for a few minutes at the Cairn and we managed to get some brief views of Glen Sherup and Glen Eagles.
Glen Eagles from Innerdownie
Unfortunately at this point I realised that my phone was almost out of power and I wanted to preserve what we had just incase so that meant I couldn't take anymore photos (shame as some of the best scenery was stil to come).
We dropped straight down from Innerdownie to the west side of Glenquey (managing to catch a landrover track near the bottom). This was probably the most unpleasant part of the day as the grass was at waist height and heavy with the earlier rain so we got drenched. This left us with the squelchy march back to the car.
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