walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Linn o Dee to Aviemore - Not quite the Lairig Ghru

Linn o Dee to Aviemore - Not quite the Lairig Ghru


Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:14 am

Route description: Lairig Ghru

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Mhaim

Date walked: 14/07/2016

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 35 km

6 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

I had been looking at doing this walk along the Carn a'Mhaim ridge for some time and the opportunity arose when I got offered a lift through to the Linn o Dee. I got a lift from a couple of folk who have helped me out a lot over the years, though they were heading in that general direction anyway :wink: .
Mum & Dad at Linn o Dee
20160714_083533-1 - Copy.jpg

The plan was to walk to Aviemore and catch the train to Inverness even though it was a train strike day it worked out ok.

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Now on my own at the start point.
Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of this Linn of Dee signpost. :roll:
20160714_084745-1.jpg


A short path from Linn o Dee car park takes you on to the Land Rover track to Derry Lodge
20160714_090141.jpg


Bob Scott's bothy near Derry Lodge
20160714_094219.jpg


A few folk had passed me on bikes on the way In to Derry Lodge but after that I saw few people. At the ford at the Luibeg burn I chatted with a couple from Perth and we all decided the fording of the river was doable though another chap behind us opted for the bridge upstream. The couple were off to the Devils Point and I left them shortly after the burn to climb Carn a'Mhaim. It had taken me 2 hours to get to the burn and another hour to reach the top of the munro from there. I walked over the top of the cairn in a kind of slow motion walk and punched the air like I had scored a goal. Not sure why I do this (its happened a few times now :roll: ) and someone told me its bad luck to damage a cairn :shock: does anyone else do this? No probably not :crazy:

Great views from the top and views towards a place I camped a few years back beside the Geusachan burn
20160714_115311.jpg


Old photo (though not as old as I have made it look) looking down Glen Geusachan towards the Devils Point on the left and Carn a'Mhaim straight ahead. Our two tents in the bottom left of the picture
2016-08-10_20.39.06.jpg


Great view of Corrour bothy and the Devils Point from the ridge.
20160714_120058.jpg


The ridge was a nice walk and straightforward though a wee bit rough to walk down beside the burn and back on to the Lairig Ghru path
20160714_120325.jpg


The River Dee not far from its source. I like the look of the ridge up to the Angels peak maybe some other time :shock:
20160714_133126.jpg


I stopped near the Pools of Dee and had a tin of beer - the joys of being car free :D
My pal Colin tells me there are little trout in this pool. How do they survive the winter?
20160714_141414.jpg


Near the summit of the pass
20160714_142748.jpg


Aviemore now in view but it never seems to get any closer
20160714_154801.jpg


After the rough walk through the top of the pass the walk on the path down through the forest was a joy
20160714_154913.jpg


Nearly there
20160714_165002.jpg


Arrived in Aviemore about 6 o clock so nine hours in total. A great day and the navigation was easy due to the clear weather, I didn't need to unfurl my map at all and I now had a 4g connection on my phone so I knew the Virgin train London to Inverness was running as normal and I had nearly a hour and a half in the Old Bridge before grabbing something from the chip shop for the train home washed down by my last can of beer.

Maybe the best view of the day but it didn't last long :D :D :D
20160714_180618.jpg
Last edited by Sunset tripper on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:10 am, edited 8 times in total.
User avatar
Sunset tripper
 
Posts: 1500
Joined: Nov 3, 2013
Location: Inverness

Re: Linn o Dee to Aviemore - Not quite the Lairig Ghru

Postby prog99 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:41 am

The River Dee not far from its source. I like the look of the ridge up to the Angels peak maybe some other time

Straightforward Grade 1, harder options possible.Theres an improbable looking wall thats on huge climbing wall type holds. Was there on saturday, whole place to ourselves.

Good photos of the area. Its one of my favourite parts of the highlands.
User avatar
prog99
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1000
Joined: Aug 14, 2013

Re: Linn o Dee to Aviemore - Not quite the Lairig Ghru

Postby Sunset tripper » Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:21 pm

Cheers prog99 I was up on Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angel's Peak) last September and had a wander down the ridge for a short distance. Here's a picture of the lochan
P1110838 (640x480).jpg


Another picture from the same day taken from Cairn Toul showing the Carn a'Mhaim ridge and The Devil's Point
P1110839 (640x387).jpg
User avatar
Sunset tripper
 
Posts: 1500
Joined: Nov 3, 2013
Location: Inverness

Re: Linn o Dee to Aviemore - Not quite the Lairig Ghru

Postby malky_c » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:13 pm

Missed this when you posted it. Good walk, and handy to get a lift round to the Linn of Dee - not quick to get there from Inverness without a car. I enjoyed Carn a Mhaim the other month - I'd forgotten how nice th ridge towards Ben Macdui was. Always nice to get a pint at the end :D
User avatar
malky_c
 
Posts: 5759
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:71
Sub 2000:234   Hewitts:255
Wainwrights:102   
Joined: Nov 22, 2009
Location: Inverness

6 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: quagga64 and 37 guests