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oh well one was still worth it :O)
by ancancha » Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:59 pm
Route description: Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ, Spittal of Glenshee
Munros included on this walk: Carn an Righ
Date walked: 27/06/2015
Time taken: 7.2 hours
Distance: 42.8 km
Ascent: 1351mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I had high hopes to do Carn an Righ, Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Glas Tulaichean, but had work and a couple of other essentials to do in the morning and when I arrived at the parking spot a supermarket delivery driver pitched up to have his lunch, but decided to talk to me instead. Was an interesting chat, but hence I was setting out at about 4pm
(there is an area at the beginning of the entrance road where the recycle and rubbish containers are stored, there's plenty of parking)
I pumped up the tyres on the bike as it looks like a good road and now I'm late I want to make fast progress. Harder tyres make it easier to push and go faster, down side is a reduction in comfort
It' a tarmac road for just over half way in, so minus the stopping to take photos progress is reasonable.
This could so easily be a report about bird sightings
Just after the cycling through the farm a robin followed me for a while.
Shortly after the farm are the sheep pens, proper sheep pens these, with properly lots of sheep
As you can see a nice tarmac road. Made my way through the sheep and into the first dip where a small scale hydro plant is whirring electricity presumably directly to the grid as the feed will be Loch Crannach which has a small damn. Wonder how many MWH it generates in a year You can just see the outflow bottom right.
Onwards and inwards and a few of these thrush are flying around
sorry about the quality of the photos, I am trying to get to grips with photography, but animate objects don't tend to stay still for very long
Slightly further along and a heron moves from it's fishing spot on hearing or seeing me. By the time it lands it is way too far away to get a photo.
Round the next bend in the road and an eagle flaps off heavily onto a more distant rock and cries to me mockingly; stop bike > reach into side pocket of rucksack > get camera out > turn camera on > try to find subject with zoom > etc > nae chance
Over the bridge and the road isn't quite as pristine. Nice little chicane through the rocks and on the other side several camp sites and campers on the grassy flat.
The road steepens and there are lots of waterfalls
and the scenery is improving with a first view of Carn nan Gabhar. It's impressive, will get more so and become one of the major attractions of the route.
Shortly after this and the next substantial sheep pens the road turns into a landrover track and climbs more steeply up to the pass at Carn an Sionniach and Cnapan Liath
If I'd managed the complete intended route I would have come down the ridge from Glas Tulaichean to the pass here and back down the track to the start of the walk at the bridge.
From the pass the views of the entire eastern flank of Carn nan Gabhar
and Carn nan Gabhar summit zoomed from the pass
and a few metres later a first sight of Carn an Righ and a very big grin, fantastic
and equally fantastic in the opposite direction Carn nan Gabhar
The track dips into a gulley, across a bridge over a burn and at Cnapan Liath the view of Carn an Righ with Glas Tulaichean in the background
When planning the full walk I had considered coming off the ridge early and crossing upper Gleann Mor to traverse Carn an Righ; looked fine on Google Earth As you can see though it would have been very hard going over the drumlins and a rocky side of Carn an Righ.
The track drops steeply down to the bridge and waterfall where the Allt a'Ghlinne Bhig meets the Gleann Mor and where I intended to start up Carn an Righ. A relief to be going downhill, but also the knowledge that I would definitely be pushing back up again for much of it
Some nice views of the Cairngorms.
I was also still thinking, go with the flow you may still be able to do all three, even if you make it an all nighter and take your time, but in my heart I know I am only going to get Carn an Righ
I stopped to check out the waterfalls and deep gulley of Gleann Mor at serveral points before getting to the waterfalls at the bridge
It would be worth cycling this track just for the views and many waterfalls
Found a place to hide the bike a little upstream, chained it up, sat on a hummock and had something to eat before making my way up
Initially there was a lot of aerobic heather hopping over the larger clumps, but nothing too drastic and I'd spotted a path up once it got to the first steeper assent. Plenty of frogs around
Got to the path and no evidence of boot prints, but plenty of hoof marks. Anyway it's a reasonable path and I make good progress. Decided to traverse inside the corrie rather than doing the full ridge taking in the cairn at Stac na h-lolair, probably worth the effort if I'd had time
Another song bird darted around me on the way up, but as before, tantalisingly not quite close enough to get a decent photo for identification. plenty of nice alpine flowers as well.
The main attraction looks great, but also quite a steep final assent
Got to the top of the ridge just below the summit and the wind is chilly. Put on gloves and woolly hat and on up
Got to the summit and views all round.
To Carn nan Gabhar which is the dominant feature
Beinn Iutharn Mhor
Decided to come down the other side of the corrie. It is steep and the rocks unstable in places.
Back to the bike, still there, phew
Walking the fifteen kilometers or so back out of here wouldn't have been much fun
Very calm and pleasant in the shelter of the gulley by the river, but I could sense the midges yawning and waking up as well as the darkness that would soon set in. if I could get to the tarmac part of the road before twilight I wouldn't need to slow down or rely on the head torch
Unchained the bike, packed up and started the assent back out. hadn't gone far when a mountain hare zoomed up the drainage ditch beside the road while I was peddling away in low gear Still it was fun to watch
Not long before I am off and pushing up the steep section just after the next bridge crossing.
How big and symmetrical do you like your drumlins
Got to the pass and distributed three owls
I know what the silhouettes of owls look like and also that they make no noise, but three didn't think the worked as teams Anyway they definitely looked like owls; perhaps they were eating frogs.
Got on to the steep decent and and winging it back down, the hard tires a bit jarring now
Disturbed some lapwings, they do make cries and there's no mistaking their particular flight pattern or silhouette.
A few groups of sheep tried racing me along, but they are no match in downhill mode
The midges are though, clouds of them at every bridge crossing. I must get a pair of those clear lens glasses I found one still in my eye when I got home and in the shower
Got back the whole way without having to use headtorch; just
Would really like to have been up early and taken my time to do the complete three Carn an Righ, Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Glas Tulaichean, but as I say even if you just cycle in you will see some spectacular scenery.
by mrssanta » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:24 pm
that was a good read, enjoyed reading about the wildlife and seeing this hill from a different direction from usual
by ancancha » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:35 pm
mrssanta wrote:that was a good read, enjoyed reading about the wildlife and seeing this hill from a different direction from usual
Thank you mrssanta, would have been a great way to get all three, but I really enjoyed what I got.
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