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Loch Earn Corbett
by Gavin99 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:19 pm
Route description: Meall na Fearna, from Loch Earn
Corbetts included on this walk: Meall na Fearna
Date walked: 29/07/2012
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 12.5 km
Ascent: 850m7 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
With no more paths to follow I headed off toward a small rise (pt717m) over short heather and grass , a bit boggy but not too bad considering the recent rain , reaching the top I got my first view of the Corbett , looking very nice but the ground between looked none too easy .
Crossing the haggy col wasn’t as bad as it looked and a bit of weaving to and fro and a lot of poking with a stick brought me to the final steep little ascent .
I hadn’t made any plans beyond the summit , I thought I would probably head off back the same way but the ridge running north from Beinn Domhnuill , complete with hidden lochan , looked too good to ignore .
First I had to get to Beinn Domhnuill and that involved crossing some more ‘ interesting’ ground , you wouldn’t want to follow the old fenceline too closely in the dark .
Eventually I reached higher and drier ground and made my way down towards Lochan na Mna . This really is a beautiful spot, hidden away in a crag lined hollow . A peaceful and sheltered spot but I found out later that there is a dramatic tale here :
The following story of murder provided the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s tale, A Legend of Montrose.
In the Seventeenth Century it was the custom to provide hospitality to anyone who asked for food and shelter. If the guest was not a friend, they were still put up, but instead of a cooked meal were given cold meat (this is where the phrase "given the cold shoulder" comes from). In accordance with this custom, Lady Margaret Stewart at Ardvorlich, pregnant at the time, gave hospitality to some travelling MacGregors. However, they had just come from murdering her brother, John Drummond of Drummonderinoch, and while she was out of the room placed his severed head on a silver platter, and placed in his mouth some of the cold victuals she had served them. She was so distraught that she ran out to the hills and gave birth to James Stewart, later known as the "Mad Major". The Loch she gave birth by is now known as Lochan na Mna, the Loch of the Woman, on the side of Beinn Domhnuill.
From the lochan I climbed Creagan an Lochain and continued north down the ridge over Eildreach to An Dunan , plenty of grouse and deer for company .
I descended SW from An Dunan hoping to pick my way through the bracken and trees down in the glen to reach the footbridge marked on the OS map (NN 633 213) Thankfully I came across an ATV track which saved any undergrowth adventures , this led downhill beside a plantation to cross the burn , the footbridge appears to have gone, but stepping stones give an easy crossing to rejoin the path leading south to Ardvorlich .
A couple of areas of peat hags aside this is a fine wander , the lochan would be worth a visit on its own , lovely
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by Morecambe Monkey » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:05 pm
by pigeon » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:20 pm
by Fudgie » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:07 pm
by Bod » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:12 pm
Nice section too with historical references and love the goat up on the boulder munching the tree
by Gavin99 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:35 am
monty wrote:Nice one Gavin, your Corbet count is looking serious now.
Cheers Monty , you won't be long overtaking when you start them properly next year
Hi MM , the hags just added to the experience , it would be boring walking on nice dry solid ground all day............. wouldn't it ?
Cheers Pigeon , Fudgie , I was 'saving ' this for the winter too but gave in to temptation , the north ridge and the lochan are well worth a look , enjoy
Hi Bod , nice to get off the beaten track for a wee bit of random exploring , only two weeks to Braemar !
by Graeme D » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:05 am
by jmarkb » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:27 pm
Every time I have done this hill I have gone on to link it with the SE ridge of Vorlich, but the ground to the north and the wee lochan looks really attractive: and what an interesting (if gory) piece of history!
by Gavin99 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:40 pm
Jmarkb , it is an interesting little ridge , well worth a detour . Thanks for the alternative route you suggested for Ben Oss / Dubhcraig , I was up there today , a totally bog free experience !
by smallig » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:30 am
On the ascent we stayed on a faint path heading towards Beinn Domhnuill for too long, so we had to go over a shoulder of that hill and face more peat hags; the suggested route over the 717m rise would have been better.
On the descent, after Lochan na Mna we decided to go round Creagan an Lochain rather than over the top, but the undulating heathery ground did not make this any easier. And rather than continue over Eildreach and An Dunan we started down the slopes, giving a choice of heading SW to cross the bridge near the two dams, or N then W to join the track to the stepping stones (grid ref should be NN 633 213) - we split and took similar times for the two.
by Gavin99 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:25 am
( Thanks for noticing that GR error , I have edited it )
by jmarkb » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:43 pm
Gavin99 wrote: Thanks for the alternative route you suggested for Ben Oss / Dubhcraig , I was up there today , a totally bog free experience !
You're very welcome: glad you enjoyed it!
by Seamus » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:18 am
by Gavin99 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:06 pm
But it was a lovely day