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Mount Keen via Glen Tannar

Mount Keen via Glen Tannar

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:43 pm

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 17/04/2014

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 27 km

Ascent: 795m

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Co dhui latha a'tri .... Day three in the East and after dull but dry day bagging Tolmount and Tom Bhuidhe the day before I decided on this Eastern Loner to complete the far East set .

Toiseach mi bho Gleann Tannar ..... I started from Glen Tannar after a comfortable night in the tent in the estate woodland

Was up and off at 6.45am on a promising day a grand walk through the Pines

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Abhainn agus Guibhasachain

A good track and made for a bike still we did not have one :lol:

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An cu

Bonnie woods here and well managed still glad to get out into the top of the Glen and the Sun though the wind was fierce

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An Rathad

We were soon approaching the first stone bridge and the Old Crofts at Etnach which I reckon is from the Gaelic Each Achadh .

Interesting feature throughout the Eastern Gaidhealtachd are these now derelict / abandoned but relatively fertile grazing's ,which hold witness to the lack of security of tenure afforded the native Gaels of these parts.

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An Drochaid

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We soon had our first glimpse of Mount Caoin

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Mount Caoin

The wind was very strong but a great and interesting walk and we soon hit the second drochaid which is a beauty of workmanship and we sat here in the sun for a while out of the wind

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An Drochaid

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An Drochaid

You look at the workmanship and wonder of the day when the building began ,what a different world that would have been ,even in 1873 when this would have been a busy highway.

A very interesting Glen this and we were soon at Sheil of Glean Tannar ...... Sheil is a Gaelic term for grazing pasture of a good quality and you can see this was such a place back in its day

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An Seile

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An rathad tarsuinn

Co dhui bha beinn againnsa .... still enough in the Glen and off up the track we went to the summit which we reached by almost crawling such was the wind strength !

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All in a brilliant day and a pleasant surprise for an oft described "boring" hill ..as good a day as any , long and tiring mind but an interesting approach full of the almost forgotten history of our people !

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Re: Mount Keen via Glen Tannar

Postby mr_ash_37 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:30 pm

Nice one, superb pics and report. Cheers
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Re: Mount Keen via Glen Tannar

Postby scottishkennyg » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:48 pm

grand day there CC..know what you mean about the wind..was the same for me..very exposed..
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Re: Mount Keen via Glen Tannar

Postby rockhopper » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:59 am

That did look a good day despite the wind. Like you I also find myself wondering about the times when structures like the dykes were built - must have been so different. You do need to get a bike though :wink: .......cheers :)
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