I had been hoping to nail off another few of the long ones before the evenings start to close in and Autumn and Winter are upon us. These three had been on the radar for a while and if i am honest i was doing them more for the red balloons than the hills, oh how wrong i was and what a day this was to be. Cracking hills.
Started in the Glen Affric car park and boy was it beautiful, first time in Glen Affric and i'm glad i did these from here as i hummed and hayed about doing them from Loch Clunie.
Fed a wee Chaffinch straight from my hand in the car park, they are obviously well versed in human contact.
Got on the bike and made my way along the 15k to the Altbeithe hostel. The road was great-rubbish and i did a fair amount of walking. Eventually made the hostel where i went in to speak to the guy Steve that was supervising it at present. He Kindly made me a cup of tea and we sat and chatted for a good 30 mins. I was hoping to get the predicted better weather in the afternoon but it panned out the better weather was the morning , hey ho.
Got on my way up to the bealach, Fife Flyers report was what i copied and did An Socach first on his advice. Popped up there and then down into the bealach and across the bog to the bealach at the other side to tackle one of the most remote hills on the list Mullach nan Dheiragain. Cracking hill, although the weather turned and the mist came in and i got soaked for the remainder of the day till back at the hostel again.
Its a long way out to the summit and i passed many people, it was one of the busier circuits ive done of late, maybe others had the same idea as me by getting these chalked off. Once back at the bealach i slowly made my way up the monster of the pack Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, she was a beauty but again the mist spoiled this. Nice ridges spurting out from her. Followed the path back to the hostel where i popped my head in and spoke to Steve again, i was jealous to be jumping back on the bike for the long ride out and not staying the night in the cozy hostel which glowed with atmosphere. Passed Strawberry cottage which glowed with warmness too, i passed the guys staying in it that night on the hill and they would be enjoying drams as i struggled back to the car in the fading light.
Long day, cracking hills that surprised me with their beauty and remoteness. Never judge a book by its cover.
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