A silver lining after being stalked off the white hill

Sub 2000s: Creag na Doire Duibhe

Date walked: 10/10/2017

Time taken: 1.9 hours

Distance: 5.3km

Ascent: 270m

It was Tuesday and the final day of my hill pass to coincide with Ele and Carol's birthday celebrations in Glencoe. After a fairly inclement day on Meall Lighiche on the Saturday and an absolute howler on Beinn Maol Chaluim on the Sunday, the Monday had treated me to a fine day on the round of the Fersit Munros.

As I walked off Chno Dearg back towards Fersit, I mulled over my options. I narrowed things down to two possibilities - a night in the Lairig Leachach Bothy followed by Stob Ban the next day, or camping near the Spey Dam followed by a morning raid on Geal Charn.

I settled on the latter and drove east, crossing the Spey at Laggan and looping back round on the minor road that leads to the Spey Dam. I found a nice wee spot just beyond the gate and the cattle grid on the road out to Sherrabeg and pitched for the night.

The morning brought another mixed weather picture, with some patches of blue sky but also more than just a little hint of rain in the outlook. I got packed up and ready and was off just after 9. I hadn't got too far up the road before a heavy shower came barrelling in from the west and I had only just managed to get my waterproofs on when a landrover came up the track and asked me where I was headed. The two Barbour jacketed, green wellied gents inside informed me that they were going to be carrying out deer stalking in the coire and politely but strongly suggested that I take an alternative route such as from Garva Bridge. In the end we agreed that I would continue up Glen Markie and check in with them by the Piper's Burn before continuing any further. I only got another few hundred yards though before I had a change of heart and decided to avoid the area entirely, returning to the car to consider the options.

I didn't fancy retracing my steps and heading back west to either Stob Ban or the Glen Roy hills, so the options looked like either the Graham of Creag Dubh above Kingussie or the little Sub2K of Creag na Doire Duibhe which I had always meant to stop off and do on one of my many times driving the Dalwhinnie-Laggan road. I again settled on the latter.

After a brief traffic jam caused by a farmer driving his flock along the road from one field to another, I was parked up near the Halfway House and on my way.

I was up and down in just under 2 hours, allowing plenty time to take little detours to get photos of some of the main features of this walk, most notably Loch Caoldair and Loch Glas-choire.

A very nice little bimble indeed on a pleasant autumnal day and a nice finish to a few days stravaiging! 8)

About as close as I was going to get to Geal Charn today

Rush hour on the A889

The start of the walk by the bridge just north of the Halfway House

The track through the forestry fords the stream several times before emerging onto the open moorland

Target ahead across the heather moor

A few boggy sections of track to negotiate

Loch Glas-choire and Creag Dubh

Looking back from the early part of the ascent

Towards the Fara and Meall nan Eagan

Creag na Doire Duibhe

Creag Doire na h-Achlaise and The Fara

Creag Dubh

Loch Caoldair

West towards the Loch Laggan hills with The Window clearly visible on Creag Meagaidh

The Fara and Meall nan Eagan from the summit


Creag Meagaidh

Looking a bit rough after my four days!

Loch Glas-choire and Creag Dubh

Loch Glas-choire and Creag Dubh (zoomed)

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Sgriodain & Chno Dearg - redemption after Etive horror show

Attachment(s) Munros: Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain
Date walked: 09/10/2017
Distance: 13.3km
Ascent: 970m
Comments: 6
Views: 505

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Maol Chaluim
Date walked: 08/10/2017
Distance: 8.2km
Ascent: 960m
Comments: 7
Views: 293

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Meall Lighiche
Date walked: 07/10/2017
Distance: 10.7km
Ascent: 770m
Comments: 3
Views: 330

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Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor
Date walked: 16/09/2017
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1420m
Comments: 10
Views: 752

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cruban Beag
Date walked: 15/09/2017
Distance: 4.2km
Ascent: 370m
Comments: 2
Views: 245

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Attachment(s) Munros: Gairich
Date walked: 19/07/2017
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1000m
Comments: 1
Views: 308

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Beinn a'Mhonicag
Date walked: 19/07/2017
Distance: 1.1km
Ascent: 315m
Comments: 1
Views: 253

Sgurr an Airgid - messin' wi' the formula

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Sgurr an Airgid
Date walked: 19/07/2017
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1025m
Comments: 1
Views: 287

This Fiddler knocks out a very Fyne tune indeed!

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Binnein an Fhidhleir
Date walked: 30/06/2017
Distance: 8.7km
Ascent: 840m
Views: 254

Graeme D

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