I had been planning this walk for a long summer's day. I had intended to climb these 2 and Devil's Point last summer but ran out of time and energy so only completed Devil's Point last July. Then lockdown happened. Finally the 5 mile limit was removed and I was able to venture back to the hills after months of pavement pounding. Heaven!
13 km trek in from Linn of Dee to Corrour Bothy, easy walking on well made paths and tracks. A steep path up Coire Odhar to the bealach at the top of the waterfall below Devil's Point. Reindeer were galloping about across the slopes in the far west. I continued left along an intermittent path to the west of the rocky edge which led to the summit of Stob Coire An T-saighdeir at 1213m then down to a bealach at 1160 and up the steep bouldery cone to Cairn Toul summit. There is a southern cairn but I headed for the true summit which has a windshelter cairn. Magnificent views of the cairngorms with Ben MacDui and Carn a'Mhaim to the east, Devil's Point, Monadh Mhor and Beinn Bhrotain to the south/ south west, Braeriach to the north and Angel's Peak tantalisingly close to the west.
I headed down a path to the west which led more easily to the bealach and up to Angel's Peak summit where i stopped for a late lunch. Truly fantastic, on top of the world.
I returned back to Linn of Dee, firstly traversing the western slopes of Cairn Toul summit and back to the 1213 summit, downwards pst Corrour Bothy , Lairig Ghru and onwards to Derry lodge then Linn of Dee. A long day but well worth every minute.
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