Drumochter - the drive-up munroes
by icemandan » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:14 pm
Route description: Càrn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter
Munros included on this walk: A' Bhuidheanach Bheag, Càrn na Caim
Date walked: 14/08/2011
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 21.5 km
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Started at the most depressing spot to start a walk in Scotland. A lay by with a wheelie bin in the fume filled trench of Drumochter - all tarmac, traffic noise, pylons, plantations road signs and construction sites. Still, I must have driven past here a thousand times so it must be time to investigate what is up there. The quarry road doesn't bode well either.
It does however provide a quick route up and from 2000 ft you lose the road noise and are in a silent world of heather, sky, hares and grouse.
The quarries (not clear what was worth quarrying and bringing down from up here) are far from the cliff edges shown on the map - more a few patches of gravel.
The landrover track continues almost to the summit of Carn na Caim - probably the only munro that you could get up and down on a mountain bike without getting off.
Drumochter was swallowed up in the landscape and a view across to Loch Ericht opened up.
The top of Carn na Caim is a pleasant green meadow on a sunny day. It also reveals a view north to Meall Cuaich and Strathspey. It's not clear where the stones for the cairn came from.
Wide views and big skies.
Headed back to the quarry and down another landrover track past a curious white cairn made of quartz.
A dip into a valley and a plod up a gentle grass slope and across a bog to reach the top of a Bhuidheanach Bheag which must be one of the least inspiring tops in Scotland. Someone had tried to liven it up by putting a boulder on top of the trig. presumably with the intention of creating an inverted exclamation mark.
I'd had enough of landrover tracks by then so I headed off to the east over Meall a Chaoruinn. An unexpected view of Loch Errochty glinting in the sun appeared.
Followed the long ridge down to Balsporran Cottages and the worst cycle track in the world back to the car
by PeteR » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:08 pm
by AlisonFox66 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:36 pm
I have only ever done them in winter and they are fun
not much to fall off if your crampon technique is rusty
If you might think are boring then take a sledge - but do stop before reaching the A9
by pollyh33 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:52 pm
Love the white cairn too!!!
icemandan wrote:Started at the most depressing spot to start a walk in Scotland.
it depressed me just looking at it What a strange place with all these weird cairns and things, not to mention a landrover track going up it .
At least you added two more Munros to your count
Dont think i'll bother going there
by BlackPanther » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:06 am
by NickyRannoch » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:44 pm
I was pleasantly surprised, once up on the plateau the views across to the Cairgorms and back to across to Loch Ericht are fantastic and I actually enjoyed being able to stride out casually along the easy grassy slopes on what was a sweltering summer day.
If you're a bit strange like me and into that sort of thing you can also visit former munros (glas mheall mor) and should they be munros (a bhuidheanach bheag's twin top).
by malky_c » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:59 pm
Cheers for the report though - you just inspired me to investigate a route from the other side - cycling to Loch an Dun down Glen Tromie and doing a circuit from there. I'm thinking a crisp autumn or winter's day maybe
by icemandan » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:04 pm
The eastern approach looks more interesting and could take in Glas Mheall Mor, which looks like the best hill in the group.
Dont think I'll be rushing back though.
by neilmci » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:46 pm
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