After a comfortable night at Tulloch Station Lodge, we had a short drive along the A 86 to Luiblea road end. Plenty of places to park along here before getting booted up. The early part of the track was busy with forestry traffic and vehicles for the stone crushing works nearly. However, once clear of that, we only saw one other walker all day. After the hot sunshine of yesterday, the cloud cover came as a bit of a surprise, but it did make for more pleasant walking conditions.
The excellent tracks make of a quick approach to these hills.
The lochan seemed like a good spot to have a break, I had camped there with my daughter many years ago on a very midgey night, but no such problems today - give it a few weeks and they will be back!
Lochan na Earba has always struck me a being big to be called a lochan, but it is a beautiful spot.
Having left the lochan, we swung round to pick up the excellent stalkers' path that leads right into these hills. The Estate has also provided a couple of posts at this point where bikes can be locked. The path makes the going easy up the steady slopes to the col with Beinn a'Chlachair and from there we headed north to the Creag Pitridh/Geal Charn col. Another quick break here before heading to Creag Pitridh. Although there is no path marked on the map here, one has been beaten out by walkers' feet. In no time at all we were at the top of this lovely Munro.
Back to the col by the same route then the not too long pull up to Geal Charn. The initial slopes are grassy, but are replaced by boulder fields higher up. However, the stones are well rooted and easy enough to walk on.
The cairn at Geal Charn is rather splendid, complete with built-in seat!
A cracking view at the top - particularly to the south where Ben Alder is the immediate focus, but Schiehallion and the Lawers range can be seen. These are hidden by Geal Charn when on Creag Pitridh.
I made my way back to the stalkers' path and the start of the walk out.
It was now brightening up and the walk down the path to the lochan was very pleasant.
A final cup of tea at the lochan, then the walk back along the track to the car.
An excellent day on a beautiful group of hills.....my fifth trip here and not a drop of rain!
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