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A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe


Postby mrssanta » Thu May 29, 2014 11:25 pm

Route description: Meall Buidhe

Munros included on this walk: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)

Date walked: 24/05/2014

Time taken: 3.25 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 520m

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This was the trip that should have happened at the beginning of May but for various reasons had to be postponed :(
But actually that was a Very Good Thing as it meant sister Shish and a friend who had never been north of Edinburgh could come along too :D , so it was five of us who arrived after an eventful day of journeying from Yorkshire and the Borders to our campsite by the Giorra Dam on Saturday evening.
we were a bit (ok about 2 hours) later than planned due to some navigational problems on the roads and a hold up with road works, the less said about that the better, but it gave CWH, Shish and me the chance to scout out for a good campsite while waiting for the others to arrive, accompanied by the sound of the cuckoo and his echo.
CWH has been doing Duke of Edinburgh expeditioning, and she has been growing. Maybe she was worried we might make her carry all her kit, because it was she who suggested a base camp with some day expeditions, so we could sit on chairs and eat proper food!
Having come this far we were not going to be beaten by a wee travel delay and so it was that we set off up the first Munro of the year at 6.35pm with our tents quickly pitched and the stuff shoved inside out of the rain.
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tents pitched

The route really doesn't need any description from me. We followed the Walkhighlands instructions and found one path going up and a completely different one coming down. both with a wee cairn marking the spot from the track. Both wet and disappearing in places but it was a beautiful evening and we had no trouble at all working out where to go.
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looking down Glen Lyon

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The way we walk

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marsh marigolds?

It was gorgeous and cold on the top. The view over Rannoch moor was hazy into the evening sun and it looked like the lochs were floating in the sky. It was fun pointing out the other mountains we recognised. Especially the ones we planned to climb in the rest of the weekend.
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Stuchd an Lochan with Sheasgarnaich in the background I think

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Meall Ghaordie

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Shish, CWH and Rudolph on the top

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pretty pink flower

On the way down we had the setting sun behind us and a wee cloud rolled in so we nearly walked into a Brocken Spectre
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four person Brocken Spectre

As we came down there was a gentle sunset and the loch was calm and still. we got back to camp just as it was getting dusk.
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peat hags and hills behind

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looking out over Loch an Daimh

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elegant shaped loch

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sunset

After that, we could have eaten anything, but a gourmet meal of pasta with sausages and bacon and tomato sauce was definitely worth the wait at 11pm!
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waiting for tea to be ready - with real chairs to sit on!
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Re: A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

Postby jmarkb » Fri May 30, 2014 10:18 am

What a great way to do a half-day hill!

The pretty pink flower is mountain azalea (a.k.a alpine azalea or trailing azalea) - good spot.
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Re: A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

Postby mrssanta » Sat May 31, 2014 5:15 pm

Oh thank you jmarkb for that. Very small and pretty it was surprising to find it so high up
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Re: A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

Postby gaffr » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:04 am

Hello,
I wonder if these wee trailing azalea close up when the sun departs :) There are many of these above 1,000 mtrs. on the Cairngorms in flower at the moment.
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1 white loiseleiuria meall an fheur loch HPIM4408 (640x479).jpg
This one which we assume to be a white flowered version of the same found in Sutherland on the top of a Corbett.
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Re: A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

Postby jonny616 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:19 pm

I did this as an evening stroll to. Lovely to see it like that again.
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Re: A lovely evening stroll up Meall Bhuidhe

Postby mrssanta » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:53 pm

Gaffr the white one is really pretty too.
Jonny It was a good time to go up, and the Brocken spectre was a treat we'd have missed if the sun had been higher in the sky
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