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A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)


Postby Collaciotach » Sun May 26, 2013 7:58 pm

Munros included on this walk: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon), Meall Ghaordaidh, Stuchd an Lochain

Date walked: 26/05/2013

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 450m

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Ella Walker was born at Old Duncroist in Glen Lochay 1905 and raised with the Gaelic tongue. Her father was from Ardeonaig, and her mother from Doire Camus in Glen Lyon and both parents were Gaelic speakers. Ella also had valuable knowledge of the history and customs of the people of Braigh na h Albainn and it was she who told that the cleared township of Tirai lies just across the burn from her birthplace , was cleared by James Wyllie,factor to the 1st Marquis of Breadalbane a cruel and evil man.

There is no record of how many of the Clann Dairmid were ethnically cleansed from this site during Fuadach nan Gaidheal . What we do know is that the significance of the fear brighe was lost with them

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Fear brighe Tirai


Friday late afternoon and i was once again in Braigh na h Albainn with the intention to climb Meall Ghaoraidh and once I dragged myself away from Tirai I found her a delightful wee hill

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Meall Ghaoraidh


In one and a half hours ..... bha mi air a mhullach :clap:

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Mullach


We were on the roof for about an hour lazing about in the tea time sunshine grand sealltainn all round

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Beinn Labhair


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Gleann Lochaidh agus Creag Mhor is Sheasgairnaich


Agus air ais aig a char aig sia uairean ..... back down at the car for six and a quick switch over to Glen Lyon and pitched the car at Loch an Diamh intending to do Stuchd an Lochan & Meall Bhuidhe next morning.

however

After dinner at 8.15 pm I set off with an cu, up the track toward Meall Bhuidhe ... feasgar bragha gu dearbh it is a quick " streap "

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Loch an Diamh


By 9pm I was on the druim and heading for a late evening Munro :D

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Druim


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Druim agus greine a dol sios


There was a wee gaoithe blowing from the North and good sharp atmosphere ,clear all round with the sounds of Summer in the night air as I reached the Cárn in time for sundown

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Cárn


We were about 20mins on the carn taking in the atmosphere .... bha an gealach tighinn a mach agus bha I lan :D

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Gealach


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A supposedly boring hill but we found it just grand at the time of night ,back at the car for 11.45 pm for a nights sleep in the front seats .

Sia uairean anns a mhadainn .... six in the morning and off up Stuchd an Lochan another topper of a day Loch an Diamh is flat calm

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Loch an diamh


A dhaithghearr bha sinn air a druim .... another quick hill on the ridge in no time with the top in sight

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Stuchd an Lochan


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Loch an Cat


Then on the summit for 8am on a glorious morning

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Air a mhullach


So a different take on three sometimes described as boring hills we enjoyed them immensely

I m haunted by the lost people of Braigh na h Albainn and their empty homes still hold more significance for me than ersatz "british culture" which has attempted to replace our heritage here in the Ghaidhealtachd

Cha bhi fios aire math an tobair gus an tràigh e

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Fuadach nan Gaidheal
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby andyfitz » Mon May 27, 2013 10:12 am

A very very fine report indeed. Informative and well expressed sentiment. I have no doubt I will reflect on this when next in the area. Cheers.
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby markthespark » Mon May 27, 2013 11:53 am

Brilliant views, both photographically & culturally.
A sad reflection on a period of our history when financial greed was more important than human decency.
Thanks for sharing :clap: :clap:
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby kevsbald » Mon May 27, 2013 12:01 pm

Not boring at all. A sense of sadness in that report.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby rockhopper » Mon May 27, 2013 8:02 pm

Very interesting and so good to see these hills in such god weather - enjoyed your WR - cheers :)
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby Clach Liath » Mon May 27, 2013 9:56 pm

I agree with the previous posts. I think it is important to understand the historical and cultural context of the hills. Good and interesting post. Thanks.
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon May 27, 2013 10:15 pm

Two stunning days and one stunning evening and a good call to go up Meall Bhuidhe in the evening. Another great history lesson from you as well :D
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Re: A afternoon and night in Breadalbane (2)

Postby Collaciotach » Mon May 27, 2013 10:23 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Two stunning days and one stunning evening and a good call to go up Meall Bhuidhe in the evening. Another great history lesson from you as well :D


Cheers a bhalaich had a great time on these and could spend days in ruins tis in the blood :wink:
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