A saunter up Glen Derry

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Munros: Beinn Mheadhoin, Derry Cairngorm
Date walked: 10/06/2023
Distance: 21.3km
Ascent: 1040m
Views: 106

Almost Tom n Tol

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Date walked: 08/06/2023
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 420m
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A saunter round the slacks

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Duncolm
Date walked: 01/05/2023
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 490m
Views: 168

A Lairig Loop from Glen Etive on a glorious day

Route: The Two Lairigs, Glen Coe

Date walked: 04/03/2023

Time taken: 6.6 hours

Distance: 19.65km

Only been on one hill since September, an icy/snowy Chabhair back in December and since then, I've been struggling with knee issues but after some ground walking and a bit of excercise biking I decided that I really needed to get out to something a little more challenging but not over do it. A trip was booked with AMC to the Inbher Fhouilin bunkhouse in Glen Etive and checking what was in the area, with a path, found this route and as it was only a short way up the road from the bunkhouse, seemed a good option.

John and I started from the bunkhouse just before 9.30am on Saturday, a walk up the road to Dalness Lodge and on to the way marked track from there to join the WH route higher up. Prob added about 2k in each direction plus a bit of ascent.

Walking to Dalness and the Lairig Gartain up ahead

Left the trees below and a fabulous morning with views down Glen Etive

We opted to take the anti-clockwise route up Gartain to the Bealach summit at 489mtrs. Lots and lots of deer low down on both sides of the glen, they didn't seem phased at all by our presence.

The locals looking nonplussed

Deer deer deer

Beautiful day and a good path to help get me problem knees back out and moving. So far so good, no pains.

Reaching the bealach we had super views of the wee bookil up to the right, hardly any snow in the area at all.

Views to Stob Coire Raineach on the left opening up as we pass over the crest of the bealach at 489mtrs

Beinn A' Chrulaiste off to the right, great path

Its amazing too how such an iconic hill as Stob Dearg looks very undistinct from the glen. We could see the Buachaille car park for the latter part of our descent from the Bealach and nipped down the track to reach the road at the car park further west and crossed over to continue off road. This is the boggiest part of the entire loop but it appeared there hadn't been too much rain recently so it could have been a lot worse.

Lunchtime now so found a big rock to stop and have a munch. Glorious day but cooled down quickly so puffa jacket on while we lunched.

View from our lunch stop, looking over the A82 and back up Eilde

John looking intrepid under Stob Deargs more charismatic side.

Zoomed right in on some people approaching Stob na Broige

Carried on along the track close to the A82, crossing one of the wee ruined bridges and on further until we were above the big cairn opposite the wee Bookil carpark.

Carrying on along the boggy track beside the A82

Views over the the Aonach Eagach as we made for the road.

Crossed the river here (very low) and on up past the cairn to the road. Jettisoned the puffa here as we were about to start climbing again.

Lots of people coming off the wee B as we took the right hand fork towards the river. Met a group we had met earlier on the neighbouring Glen, going in the opposite direction. Quick chat then away.

2 river crossings are marked on the WH route as being an issue in wet weather but we had nipped up to the meeting of the waters yesterday and saw a tiny stream of water coming down so we were confident we wouldn't have any problems...and so it was, very low rivers and easy crossings.

One of 2 treacherous river crossings lol

Made our way easily up the Glen and could soon see the high Bealach ahead and the curve of the descent going off to the South.

Snow up on Sgreamhach

Approaching the Eilde Bealach

The Bealach cairn is a few yards off the main track so sauntered over and had a wee seat and a look back down our route.

Poor pic but saw several eagles today circling round the tops and flying in and around the high crags

Heading off, we could soon see the river Etive below and the trees around Dalness with extensive views down to Ben Starav and Loch Etive beyond. A few showers seemed to be moving around Starav and up in to the tops to our right. We felt a few drops from them but not what you could call rain so no waterproofs needed.

As we had effectively started this route half way round the published WH route, I was interested to see where the WH route took you here in order to skirt round under Stob Dubh to join the 'return' leg... John checked out what seemed to be a path down to the river at a small gorge, above the deer fence. Reported back it was definitely possible but the WH route takes you further down, into the trees to a junction in the path we didn't even see on the way up lol. (much easier)

John checking out the river crossing under Stob Dubh

Down to the trees at Dalness

Off down the last section of wooded ground and back to the road. A sunny shower was passing now and we stopped under the trees at Dalness to put on our jackets but by the time we got them out, it was clearing up again so just opted for a light extra layer instead.

Looking back up from the road into the now grey Lairig Eilde, the showers produced a lovely rainbow, looks like we dodged a soaking

The hoof back to the bunkhouse seemed longer than the morning walk in. My legs were feeling this, first outing since December and with knees that have been very problematic since Christmas but, made it and still smiling.

This is a fantastic walk, good path but still some ascent and descent (only time my knee gave me any concern all day was the descent from the Eilde Bealach)

Would go back round here in a heart beat. :D :D :D


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Beinn Chabhair via Bein Glas

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 14/12/2022
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 965m
Views: 200

Fiarach ..hoods up, hoods doon.

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Fionas: Fiarach
Date walked: 08/10/2022
Distance: 10.25km
Views: 212

Magnificent Glasgow 11

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Date walked: 02/10/2022
Distance: 17.25km
Ascent: 380m
Views: 247

Gammys last call on a wet and windy Sgurr a

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Munros: Sgùrr a' Mhaoraich
Date walked: 17/09/2022
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 1032m
Views: 210

A wee Torridon saunter. Doesn't have to be big and pointy!

Attachment(s) Date walked: 06/09/2022
Distance: 6.3km
Ascent: 149m
Views: 708

When a Graham becomes a Corbett, I'll be Damphed!

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Damh
Date walked: 02/09/2022
Distance: 18.2km
Ascent: 1111m
Comments: 1
Views: 777


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Ideal day out: a rocky ascent path and a broad ridge with views
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