Let it snow in Glen Doe

Route: Carn a' Chuilinn, via Glen Doe

Corbetts: Carn a'Chuilinn

Date walked: 12/11/2017

Time taken: 4.45 hours

Distance: 18.04km

Ascent: 832m

Sunday morning dawned with many Walkhighlanders feeling the after effects of a late night and the sweet nectar of Whisky. Fairly standard for a Sunday :lol: I met Andy in Fort Augustus and we hopped into Colonel Mustard for the short drive up the road for the start point.

It was cold; as we frantically put kit on a couple of guys came by on a quadbike but seemed happy for us heading up the hill. Andy reckoned they were the gamekeepers. Soon we were off; there were a lot of Hydro works going on initially and we checked in with the guy manning the gate who warned us about big trucks on the road.

It was easy walking but there were some icy patches that could have caused us issues if we hadn’t noticed them :lol:

It was an absolutely stunning day – perfectly crispy cold

Definitely more snow than the day before

Looking towards our summit

We had intended to follow the WH route but upon reaching the point where we would leave the track we could see that the route we would follow was very rough and snow covered with a river crossing….and decided it might be unwise. We continued up Glen Doe.

Looking head

Continuing up the road, we spied a bridge and sort of track leading towards the ridge which would be far more exciting than the road! I suggested this and Andy wasn’t quick enough with an excuse why not… :lol:

The bridge

Crossing the river over a very snowy bridge :crazy:

The track was snow covered but fairly squishy making walking less easy than we had thought :lol: Eventually we ran out of track and just headed straight uphill again. The snow was deep and quite slippery but we made our way steadily upwards following rabbit footprints.

“Head that way, that’s the summit” says Andy…I was pretty sure that was too easy. But we headed upwards. I was put in the lead so I fell in quite a few snow holes :lol:

Stopping for a breather

It wasn’t the top. We had a wee check of the map and it was actually a bit of a trek. We headed over the 781 spot height before dropping down towards a couple of lochans.


From here it was a climb up and then a wander along a very snowy ridge. Unfortunately the weather closed in and although it wasn’t snowing, the visibility had gone and we were stumbling through a wintery wonderland turning an easy hill into a more exciting winter climb :D 8)

I was playing around with the camera, here is Andy heading off.

I tried to be clever by skirting a lochan…sadly I didn’t really skirt it and fell through :lol: But it was really funny (thank goodness for gaiters :lol: )

Finally we made it to the top, marked by a fairly serious cairn which I had to do some climbing to reach the top of :shock: :lol:

Andy at the summit

Me at the summit

Although the weather had closed in things were intermittently clearing giving us views South to the Loch Lochy hills

It was very cold and the views North didn’t look to be clearing so we decided to head down. In the interests of a circular route we headed back down the ridge before straightlining it towards the road. Initially it looked miles away but eventually it was starting to look a bit closer…

We decided to head towards the tip of the road as it would be the easiest route.

It was very steep downhill and we carefully negotiated some interesting terrain. Looking back up we couldn’t believe what we’d just come down :shock: The advantages of snow :D

Andy heading towards the road

As we met the road there was a wee cabin associated with the Hydro works which we sheltered behind for a wee sandwich. It actually turned out to be unlocked and contained a table and kettle, so we could have eaten in comfort :lol:

It was an easy walk back down the track; the temperature had dropped significantly and we kept up a fast march to keep the blood flowing :crazy: The advantage of the Hydro track was that it had kilometre markers so we were able to count down the distance :D

Soon we were back at the wee lochan

And then back at the car. We met up with superhuman Malky as he cycled up the hill on his way home :shock: before I dropped Andy back at his car, not before insisting on stopping for a photo down Loch Ness

It was time for the long drive home, but it was such a lovely evening had that I had to stop for a few photos 8)

Loch Oich

Loch Lochy

From near the Commando Memmorial


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