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Tom a' Gharraidh and Carn Mor from Corgarff

Date walked: 17/07/2024

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 5km

Ascent: 248m

Ended the interregnum caused by coaching at the local club Junior Golf summer camp.
Eased ourselves back in with this short stroll at Corgarff in balmy "summer" weather - at least for one day !
Sun shining as we left Westhill in near- tropical conditions and headed up Strathdon.
Parked on the grass beside a gate. A sign on the gate implored us not to park in front of it, so we complied by parking on the generous grass verge.


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Parking for Tom a' Gharraidh near Cock Bridge


Crossed the road and hopped over the gate which was secured by a few rounds of fencing wire. No BW on the E side, so H louped it nae bother. Followed an animal path through the grass until we intersected the track to the farm. GC spotted an ex- military vehicle parked in the Cockbridge Farm.

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Ex-Military truck at Cockbridge Farm



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Plodded up the grassy track until another faint grassy ATV track was spotted heading straight to the top of Tom a' Gharraidh.

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The grassy track along side Tom a' Gharraidh


We accepted this gift gladly and grunted up to the top, finishing through some heather and arriving at the old strainer and march stane by the fence, marking the top. The march stane had "M" on the W side and "F" on the E side. An old strainer had been replaced by a new sheep fence surrounding the forest to the east.

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GC approaching the top of Tom a' Gharraidh


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GB and H at the top of Tom a' Gharraidh



We followed the fence down off Tom a' Gharraidh back to the track, ignoring the grassy track on the other side of the fence, to save us another loup over it at the bottom.
Strolled across a wee section of muirburn to the gate on the track. No locks, so an easy passage.

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The gate on the track to Carn Mor



Parambulated up the track on the side of Carn Mor until we came to some convenient muirburn below the summit.

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GB on the way up Carn Mor


This gave us easy access to the top and a unique "scanners" cairn.
On the NW side of the cairn, a wee one-person howff had been constructed with a bespoke wooden framed leg tunnel and a big slate forming an overhanging parasol - perfect for a keeper scanning the opposite hill for deer, we thought, and a grand shelter from the Scottish elements !

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The scanner's howff at the top of Carn Mor



We settled down on the other side of the cairn, to soak in the noonday sun and absorb the ( comparatively ) warm breeze that occasionally wafted by.

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GC scoping from the cairn o Carn mor while H gnaws old sheeps bones



There was a steady stream of aircraft at high altitude flying overhead, ploughing their individual furrows to destinations in N America, presumably, marked by short con - trails.
Across the glen we could watch the traffic ascending the Lecht road.
As we lounged at the top of Carn Mor, H appeared with the bone of a long-dead sheep, which he proceeded to gnaw, in spite of having just been fed his full ration of snacks and half of GC's apple. We were happy about this, as it diverted him from drooling over us as he waited in anticipation for any possible further snacks. Typical Lab !


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H gnawing old sheeps bones on Carn mor



Eventually, the lure of BR's at Goodbrand and Ross below, forced us to rise and follow the fence down to the track. The mown track by the fence didn't go all the way up and was a little squelchy lower down, but nae bother for a descent.

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The descent route from Carn Mor



After we had passed through the gate, Corgarff Castle hove into view again giving us a different perspective. Workies at the castle were making industrial noises as we passed.

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H posing in front of Corgarff Castle on the way down


We could also see the Ling starting to flower. So in a week it should be out in all its glory.


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Wild flowers in the Bell and Ling heather


Just at this point, an eagle took off from below us in the glen and with a few lazy flaps eased up the glen towards Brown Cow Hill on the breeze. A truly majestic bird. Too busy gawping to remember to take a pic.
At the bottom of the track, we hopped back over the gate and crossed the road to the car.
Scooted down to G & R for a 10 out of 10 BR, while lots of bikers parked up and relaxed outside under the shade of G & R's trees. Some really fancy machines including an "Indian" sporting Belgian plates.

An all together pleasant day out - not like previous weeks where we had to scuttle off the tops in really chilly conditions.
No walk next week as I have to save my energy for the Belladrum Tartan Heart festival near Inverness.

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Location: Westhill, Aberdeenshire
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Place: Knoydart
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Distance: 208 km
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Distance: 115.4 km
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Distance: 96 km
Ascent: 4434m
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1967

Trips: 4
Distance: 68.5 km
Ascent: 6033m
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Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1160m
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