For my weekend trips, I rarely have time to write an in-depth report but always nice to record my ascent and share some photos.
I drove down from Dornoch, arriving around 10:00. As I was putting on my boots, lots of other people arrived, including a group from the Speyside Mountaineering Club. I joined them for part of the way up but continued when they stopped to wait for those at the back. The track made easy going of things and took me to a cairn and memorial at just short of the 700m contour.
I was the first up the hill since the fresh snow so I had to make trail up knee deep snow, reaching a style across a new fence. I am told that the fence is there so that the land owner can keep sheep the downhill side and deeper heather for grouse on the other. It would be interesting to go up in summer to see if the management of the land has a noticeable effect on the vegetation each side of the fence.
On reaching the summit, the sun came out so I ate my lunch and drank coffee, remaining at the summit for well over half an hour.
I wandered around the summit area to try and obtain a good panoramic photo of the Cairngorms.
Contrary to my original plan, I returned by the route of ascent.
A short report on a short walk on one of the shortest days of the year.
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