Staying at Inverey, cycle from house to Linn of Dee and up to Derry Lodge to leave bikes, good weather forecast. Walk up path right of river and easily found wee cairn that signposted the path up to Beinn Breac. It was boggy at times and we'd just had some dry weather, hate to think what the path would be like if wet! We were at top of Breac in just under 2hrs.
Was dreading the trek to A Chaorainn as books had said very boggy and lots of peat hags but it wasn't too bad, heather was short, boggy bits easy to walk around, peat hags much worse in Seven Sevens route from Ben Crom to Meelbeg (Mournes). Short pull and at summit with great views all around, just over the hour from Breac.
Beinn Mheadhoin seemed so close and it was such a lovely day... On we went down to Larig laoigh. The pull up from here was tough, my companions are a competitive bunch, we're always racing each other so we decided to change the rules, last one up was the winner, this way we could take our time.. This worked well ;0) we got to top of ridge and had nice walk to summit past lovely rivers with delicious water and snow for the boys to play in ;0).
The top of Mheadhoin were so like the tors we're used to in the Mournes. We scrambled up and found holes in the rocks where water had gathered like on the Mournes Chimney Rock. It had only taken us an hour and a half to get here from A Chaorrainn. After lunch we wandered over to the other top enjoying the views of Loch Avon. We promised ourselves we'd be back to spend more time in this beautiful area. The walk down past Loch Etchatan was idyllic and we sat by the out poring river just enjoying the beauty of this place. Eventually we had to drag ourselves away with the thought of discovering the Hutchinson Memorial hut. Here we found two interesting characters who were planning to stay the night. One a ranger dressed as John Muir carrying what he would have carried, no mod cons! He was planning 3nights in the open with just a blanket and tweed! He looked the part with his wonderful beard the other gentleman spent 3 weeks every year staying in bothies getting away from it all as his father had done so between they had clocked up 68years of forays into the Cairngorms for 3 weeks at a time with food stashed in various places. It was interesting chatting to these two men but we had to get back and we still had a long way to go.
The walk now was easy along the Larig Laoigh, though long! Craic was good though with my companions Jim, Steven and Clifford. I'm so blessed to have such fit guys who walk the same pace as me, we're a good team :0) glad to get to the bikes and on our cycle home we stopped at the bridge to paddle in the river, lovely ;0) good day.
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