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Ring of Tarf - blues skies, bloody midges and braw bothies

Ring of Tarf - blues skies, bloody midges and braw bothies

Postby tombombadilio » Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:10 am

Munros included on this walk: An Sgarsoch, Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain, Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)

Date walked: 24/08/2016

Time taken: 16.3 hours

Distance: 52.6 km

Ascent: 2527m

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Hello Walkhighlanders!

Cracking forecast for one day at least, so decided to round off my east-of-the-A9 Munroes.

After checking the stalking forecast too, this is what happened:

0715: Left Old Bridge of Tilt car park
Rucksack cripplingly heavy for one night. Really haven't mastered this ultra-light concept.

0930: Reached Allt Scheicheachan bothy
Stopped for quick break inside away from midges.

1120: Up Beinn Dearg
Finally, sweet respite from midges.

1520: Carn an Fhidhleir
Spoke to my first human of the day, a guy coming from Linn of Dee, similarly bitten to death.

1655: An Sgarsoch
Amazing views all round, but esp to the north.

1830: Reached Feith Uaine bothy
Had all to myself, but had to watch sunset from inside (did I mention the midges?).

0830: Left bothy
Cooler, but midges still pursuing me.

0945: Up Carn a'Chlamain
Intermittent views, but cool and nice breeze.

1400: Reached car
Feet in bits, bit midges banished. 500 mile drive home to follow :D

Thought this was going to be a relative doddle - the rolling puddings of the S Cairngorms in summer - what not to like?

But this was bloody hard work.

The long walks in and out were compounded by the heat, lack of wind and incessant midge presence (though I suppose I should thank them for motivating me to make such good time, as long as I kept walking, they were alright - though this was torture, not being able dally by a cool stream).

Also, between Beinn Dearg and Carn a'Chlamain, there was virtually no path. The heather wading and negotiation of peat hags (though dried out) was energy sapping. However, the burns (which I gather can be tricky in spate) were low so crossings were not a problem. Pros and cons to doing this in summer I guess.

But it was really nice to see these less glamorous Munroes in such stunning conditions with excellent visibility. Can see how this route would be tough if the weather was different though.

Bothies were also both in excellent nick. Cheers, MBA.

To the man I chatted to cycling back from CaC: don't radiate out from Perth, get up to Torridon and the like! Do the gucci stuff first, you never know when you might get hit by a bus :D

Looking back at start

Breaking the tree line

5 what? 5 bananas??

Allt Scheicheachan bothy

Inside Allt Scheicheachan bothy, in pretty good nick

Looking south

Beinn Dearg summit

Looking north from BD summit, N Cairngorms on horizon

Massive herd

First crossing of Tarf Water

Carn an Fhidhleir summit

An Sgarsoch summit

Decadent 2nd lunch on top of AnS

Looking south from An Sgarsoch, think that's BD, looking very far away

Feith Uaine bothy and CaC

Second crossing of Tarf Water

Feith Uaine bothy

Looking back


Carn a'Chlamain

Looking east from CaC

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Re: Ring of Tarf - blues skies, bloody midges and braw bothi

Postby ajm84 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:03 am

Great report mate, we have just done this loop using your gpx as a rough guide and it was spot on.
We were lucky that we didn't see a Midge the whole way! But those peat hags certainly drain it out of you! We thought the last 8K on the road would be a nice steady walk out, but after the previous 46K it was proper hard work!
Fantastic Bothy in the middle of no where, will be hard to beat!
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