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Carn Chunneag

Carn Chunneag

Postby Orosay » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:48 am

Route description: Càrn Chuinneag, Strath Carron, Ardgay

Corbetts included on this walk: Càrn Chuinneag

Date walked: 27/07/2020

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 750m

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Monday 27th, first day off since March. In fact off all week and planned a few walks! Forecast was for widespread rain from early afternoon so wanted something reasonably close. We climbed this early last year, but rain came in and we got no views, so seemed a good one to re- visit. It’s a bit tricky to find the start point, turn left before croick church, not at the modern bridge, but the next one signed for Alladale. We parked at the Alladale estate entrance and down the hill across the bridge and through the grounds of Glencalvie lodge. Beautiful house and not too expensive to hire if you can share it 10 ways! Guest rooms looked a bit basic though!
Tree houses
The path up Glen Calvie is lovely
Glen Calvie path
The beauty and obvious wealth of the estate does make you think of what happened here a few hundred years ago and it might have been nice to see a plaque or information board acknowledging the clearances. Anyway, after a few km we came into sight of chuinneag
Our hill
. This hill has great paths all the way
Lot of work
very rare for a Corbett! It doesn’t take long to get up high for great views back down the glen
Half way
It’s a funny hill and I find it hard to orientate without a compass. The 40 mile drive is confusing as it goes north then loops south west and after walking in end up not far at all from Beinn Tharsuinn which is only a few miles from home. It’s a pleasant walk up, saw these
( wish I had tried one!) and met these
I like ptarmigan, they are so tame and what fantastic camouflage. The path zig zags a lot through the boulder field and seems to take longer to get up than it should, but best not to be tempted to head straight up. I got impatient and turned uphill a bit too early, better to stay on the path until both summits can be seen and the bealach looks more eroded. From here we climbed to the south summit, which has a shelter cairn
this shows the view south to Ben Wyvis. The hill is quite central though and it doesn’t look too far to these
Views west
Knowing the moth west highlands so well by road, it is always a surprise to be reminded of how close they are as the crow flies. A nice hill, recommended!
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