This was a great outing into the heart of the Grampians. We started at Inverey in the afternoon, after a morning walk over the 3 Cairnwell Munros and a few beers in Braemar. We had a long walk in up Gen Ey to Altanour, a magical spot, where we set up camp.
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The trees around the ruined Lodge are beautiful, as is the river in its rocky ravine.
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And waking early next morning after a good night's sleep.
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We walked up to the head of the valley and soon were in sight of Loch nan Eun, another magical spot although the weather looked a bit threatening at this point in the walk -
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However, spots of sunlight started to break through as we walked up the easy grass ridge towards Glas Tulaichean - a view from the ridge down into Glean Taitneach
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Looking back to Loch nan Eun, it was nice to see it had turned blue
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Last section of the ridge up to the summit. Glas Tulaichean is I think made of schistose unlike the surrounding quartzite hills. It certainly has a smoother more elegant outline, with long sweeping ridges, and is grassy rather than heathery - like a bigger version of the Brecon Beacons. The contrast with the surrounding hills is very marked.
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The summit is a great spot for a break and a look at the view. Note the two "pillow seats" made of concrete.
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View over to the Lairig Ghru and the main Cairngorm peaks
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The view south -
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On the way back down, looking back to Loch nan Eun which kept looking more Caribbean every minute. (Well, not quite)
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Down into the valley of the Allt a' Ghlinne Mhoir to pick up a stalker's path that would lead us towards Carn an Righ
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The wiggly meanders of the Allt itself
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Carn an Righ is a dull, stony ascent, but its summit is a good spot for lunch
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View from Carn an Righ summit to Mam na Carn (right) and Beinn Iutharn Mhor, the next hill on our walk. Lochnagar in the distance.
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Rainbow on Beinn Iutharn Mhor
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On the way up to Beinn Iutharn Mhor summit -a view of Cairn of Claise, with below it the sunlit ridge carrying the old Monega drove road, then below that is the Carn Aosda-Cairnwell ridge in shadow, and Loch Vrotachan.
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Looking from the summit of Beinn Iutharn Mhor along its ridge, with a skyline of I think faraway Morven immediately above my shadow, and Lochnagar on the right.
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It's a long walk from Iutharn Mhor to Carn Bhac. But it's fascinating and challenging to be able to Bag a huge number of Peat Hags.
No, it's not really.
Never mind, the dramatic skies were good compensation.
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Summit of Carn Bhac
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It was good to get back to the camp. The next day the ohers walked up An Socach while I pottered around Altanour enjoying the peace of this remote spot. Then we had a very pleasant walk out. A great taste of some less fashionable hills with a quiet charm and beauty of their own.
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