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Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.


Postby hills » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:22 pm

Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount

Date walked: 25/09/2009

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 28 km

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Date: 25th September 2009
Distance: 28km
Time: 7 1/2 hours
Ascent:950m
Present: Just me.
Weather: Clearish, windy but dry.


I suspect when I look back on 2009, and what walks I enjoyed the most, this one will figure highly.

Cant say the conventional route appeals to me, these hills all have steep sides and hidden corries that the usual route doesnt touch on at all.

When I did Lochnagar from Glen Callater, I also decided to make this trip, from the same glen.

Parking was at Auchallater Farm (NO15652 88198), and I cycled the 5.5km to Loch Callater lodge. Continuing on the track to the right of the lodge, and taking a right fork on the track at 17803 84038. I left the track at a cairn 3km later.

Looking back to the lodge.


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Nice views of Glas Tulliachan etc.


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A short walk of around 1km led to the summit of Carn an Tuirc.

View to the next hill Cairn of Claise.


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A walk along a well walked path took me to the 2nd summit in around 40 minutes.

This hill is a fine viewpoint.

The delighful Caenlochan Glen. Mount Blair in the distance.


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Glas Maol.


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Looking back to Carn an Tuirc.


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Tom Buidhe is not far away, but I intentionally left this one out, it figures in a walk I have planned from Glen Isla, and the time was better spent elsewhere. To do the 4 add 3km and less than 1 hour.

Tom Buidhe from Cairn of Claise.


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So it was off to Tolmount next, a pleasant enough walk on high plateau. I suppose most people think there is nothing much to Tolmount, but seek and ye shall see eh.

Deer rutting on Carn an Tuirc. Brilliant.


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The plan was to descend into Glen Callater via Jocks Road at NO21397 80694.

Jocks Road eh, well it aint no road, in fact if there is a path up or down this steep section then I didnt find it, there are no difficulties on this section although I was glad I was going down and not up.

Doesnt look steep in the photo, but it is.


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I then had the most delighful walk along Jocks road through the glen and along the lochside, fantastic.

Tolmount.


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Tolmount again.


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Cairn of Claise.


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Tolmount, Cairn of Claise and Carn an Tuirc.


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Coire Loch Kander.


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Jocks Road is by now a very fine path. I followed 2 stalking ponies complete with grisly cargo.

Highland beach. Nice.


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Looking back to Tolmount.


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Afternoon sunshine on the loch, hils heaven.


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Creag nan Gobhar and Morrone.


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Braw.


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All good things come to an end, and I was soon back at the lodge, where the blood splattered ponies were relaxing at the end of their shifts, the estate men could have at least thrown a bucket of water on the poor things, there was no sign of their masters.


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The bike plucked from the heather, its downhill all the way back to the car park, what a great way to end a fabulous walk, would highly recommend this alternative route, way better than the normal route.
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby hills » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:46 pm

Sorry, I meant to add a couple of links about the history of Jock's road, both famous and infamous.

Interesting for good and bad reasons.

History

http://www.conneryscottishwalks.co.uk/jocksroadhistory.html


Lost walkers.

http://www.cameronmcneish.co.uk/2009/02/remembering-the-tragic-events-of-jocks-road/
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby benno » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:01 pm

That's quite a story. A stiff reminder of how dangerous these hills can be in the wrong conditions.

Nevertheless, great route choice! I climbed Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch from Glen Callater, following Jocks road all the way to the Knaps of Fafernie. The upper glen is truly magnificent, espcially Coire Loch Kander below Carn an Tuirc.

Great report, thanks!
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby hills » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:24 pm

That how I intend to climb Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch Benno, didnt look to be any problem getting up to Fafernie, take it thats the case?


I also think Coire Loch Kander is worth a visit on its own in Winter, fantastic.
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby benno » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:06 pm

Jock's road became a bit sketchy at the head of the glen, but the slope's are grassy and not too steep. From the Knaps, Fafernie is an easy walk across the flat plateau. I varied my descent heading towards Carn an t-sagairt mor then dropping off left down to the end of Loch Callater, was quite steep and pathless, but worth the variation as I encountered a massive herd of deer on the descent. I think Glen Callater is underrated as a route of access to these hills, it really is far more dramatic than marching over the plateau from Glen Shee. I hope you get a good day for it
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:10 pm

Hills - we've got Glen Callater as the WH route to Tolmount and Tom Buidhe - definitely the finest approach to these two hills.
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby hills » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:59 pm

Yes I read that report before I did this Paul, excellant, thank you.

Wasnt going to go to the head of the glen benno, was going to follow up the allt an aitinn, sorry I thought that was more or less where you went up, but many thanks for the reply. :D
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Re: Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount via Glen Callater.

Postby benno » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:59 am

Ah in that case I don't know..my descent was down the Allt a' Chlaiginn...as I say it was steep and pathless but easily do-able. I'd imagine the Aitinn to be similar.
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