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by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:47 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Rinnes, Meall a'Bhuachaille
Date walked: 29/07/2013
Distance: 15 km
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Parting is such sweet sorrow by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
After enjoying some great weather in the last week things had to even out and our first day, Sunday was a total washout. The forecast for Monday and Tuesday was very similar, a bright sunny morning followed by afternoon downpours so I decided to use our mornings to bag a couple of wee Ronnies (Corbetts).
On the Monday we took the short drive north to Glenn Rinnes to climb the eponymous hill that dominates the local landscape. This is as simple a walk was you could wish for with a broad track heading straight up the hill that becomes a broad path all the way to the summit. The weather forecast was holding up OK and it was a beautiful morning.
Starting out by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Long and winding road by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Early heather on the way up by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
The walk may be simple but the views are very fine indeed and with the going being so easy you get plenty of chance to enjoy them. The best thing about Ben Rinnes is its fine rocky summit giving superb views in all directions.
Ben Rinnes by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Looking West by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Dilapidated Trig Point by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Grace and Hughie on the summit by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Ben Rinnes Summit by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Family summit shot by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Summit Views by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
We had an early lunch on the summit tors moving far enough away from the wasps that had made their home close to the disintegrating trig point. As we headed down we could see the cloud massing over the main Cairngorm plateau and the bright sunshine was gone by the time we reached the car.
Patchwork fields by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Beyond the tor by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Heading down by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Meikle Conval and Little Conval by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Our decision to keep it short and sweet was confirmed as heavy showers arrived on cue at Tomintoul with the sky towards Glenn Rinnes looking very black indeed.
Tuesday morning saw us heading south towards Glen More for another smaller hill in the shape of Meall a Bhuachaille. We parked at the Glen More visitor centre and headed up the well-made path through the forest.
Through the trees by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Soon enough as height is gained a wonderful view of the Cairngorms and Loch Morlich opens up.
Cairngorms Panorama by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr (click on pic for bigger version)
The promised showers were starting to show themselves as we reached the summit with some heavy rain passing to the east behind Bynack More and increasing cloud over the main bulk of mountains with Sgor Gaoith in particular getting a soaking.
Stormy behind Bynack More by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Rain over Sgor Gaoith by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Grace and Hughie by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Creagan Gorm by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
We had lunch in the substantial summit shelter which was needed as the breeze was getting up a bit. We had the occasional look behind us to check the weather as we ate but it stayed fine.
The scenery on the way down the East of the hill was just as nice with the Turquoise An Lochan Uaine glittering below.
Looking across Glen More by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
As with the ascent the path on this side is superbly made allowing you to enjoy the views to the full.
Path through the Heather by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
Heading Down by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
By the time we reached An Lochan Uaine it had clouded over but we still paused for a while to enjoy this beautiful little body of water. It’s a pity it wasn't still sunny but the colour of the water was still very striking.
An Lochain Uaine by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
From here it was an easy stroll back to the Glen More visitor centre and a cup of coffee and cake. Our walk turned out to be timed to perfection as the rain started just as we pulled away in the car.
by RicKamila » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:55 pm
by ChrisW » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:11 am
Something tells me they wont
You really love Scotland don't you, think we should all adopt you as an honorary Scot
Great report as always
by johnkaysleftleg » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:31 pm
RicKamila wrote:Lovely photos. Have really enjoyed your reports on your trip to the Isles. We did Meall a' Buachaille just before we did Bynack More. Really need to do a Walk Report on it.
Thanks Rick, you'll have to get yourself out to the Other Hebrides sometime, an amazing place.
ChrisW wrote:Lovely pair JK and great for me to see what the view from Ben Rinnes is like, I set off up there in great conditions myself only to be rained/clagged in at the summit....I tried waiting it out but eventually gave up and went home with no views to show for it
At least you now know it might have been worth it
morag1 wrote:I've never been to Harris but I'm hoping to spend some time visiting the islands next year, and I'll certainly be looking at your reports for walks when I do go. Wonder if my photos will match up to yours though
Something tells me they wont
I couldn't recommend the Isles enough and I'm sure your pics will be fine. Hard to fail in such a stunning place.
morag1 wrote:You really love Scotland don't you, think we should all adopt you as an honorary Scot
Great report as always
I do indeed love Scotland and have always had a warm welcome, I'm sure Young is a Scottish name anyhow so there's a bit of Scotsman in me somewhere
by Johnny Corbett » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:07 am
by L-Hiking » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:33 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:22 pm
Johnny Corbett wrote:Two nice short walks these. I saw my one and only inversion on Ben Rinnes. Photos are superb.
L-Hiking wrote:Ben Rinnes had caught my eye when wandering the Cairngorms recently, now its on my must do list. The Lochan is truly beautiful
Thanks Johnny and Geoff, Ben Rinnes is well worth the small amount of effort required to climb it, great viewpoint.
by MarkyMark10 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:21 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:39 pm
MarkyMark10 wrote:Lovely couple of walks there JK. You are tempting me to go on holiday in Scotland next year!
Get yerself there Mark, best country in the world