Am Meallan - Viewpoint Trail...........Am Willing!!

Route: River Affric and Am Meallan, Glen Affric

Date walked: 30/09/2013

Time taken: 1 hour

Distance: 0.5km

Ascent: 41m

Well, it's holiday time again with two weeks in Scotland as usual :D Walks planned for Jeff and pottering for me :lol:
For those who are wondering why I'm posting a walk report for half a kilometre, I'm ambulant disabled and can't venture too far :roll:
Anyway, to the job in hand, and my report from Glen Affric. The weather was fantastic and so Jeff set off on the walk around Loch Affric whilst I tackled the climb up to the Am Meallan Viewpoint. The Forestry Commission leaflet stated that the walk would take about 20 minutes :lol: It took just over that for me to reach the top :shock:
The path started opposite the River Affric car park with a series of steps amongst the trees which, taken carefully, seemed promising.

There was plenty to see with different species of trees and flora including lots of toadstools :D

The path started winding uphill more steeply and I had a choice of left or right? Okay, left won as that seemed the natural way to go and, as the trail was a loop, I would be able to come back down the other way!

The path narrowed in places with a steep drop on my left and I felt a bit wobbly as there wasn't quite enough room to walk safely with my sticks at my side :( Still, I couldn't turn round so had to plod on towards the next set of steps. Eventually, after what seemed ages, I reached the viewpoint which also commemorates the forestry workers who have helped to re-establish the native trees in Glen Affric.

The sun was shining and it was just beautiful with wonderful views all round :D



I've previously seen "classic" photos taken from the viewpoint looking west and this was what had spurred me on. I spent nearly an hour taking photos from different locations on the top as well as just sitting in the sun. It was such a privilege being amongst all that wonderful scenery and, I saw nobody the whole time I was there :D

I reluctantly set off again and wasn't looking forward to going down as that is far worse for me than up :( I told myself I had plenty of time and took it slowly and carefully. There was one tricky moment when one of my sticks slipped on some moss and I nearly lurched forward :shock: I took stock of the next part of the path by taking a photo of some more toadstools :lol:

There was then a steep section and awkward steps to negotiate before I eventually could see the cars in the car park shining in the sun through the trees.

At last I was going down the last few steps and across the road to the car. Yes, this is an easy walk for most people who wouldn't think twice about "nipping up" to the viewpoint. However, for me, it was a great sense of achievement, especially as I always feel somewhat vulnerable on my own with such a lack of mobility :D

And one more of that fantastic view :lol:

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