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Creag a'Chliabhain, South Loch Ness marilyn

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Sub 2000s: Creag a'Chliabhain
Date walked: 15/02/2019
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 300m
Views: 2


Cawdor to Nairn return by the river

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Date walked: 13/02/2019
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 55m
Views: 2


Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li corbett from A835 in winter

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Corbetts: Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li
Date walked: 03/02/2019
Distance: 8.5km
Ascent: 524m
Views: 5


Torr Achilty (sub 2k hill) and Contin View Rock forest walk

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Sub 2000s: Torr Achilty
Date walked: 02/02/2019
Distance: 8.6km
Ascent: 400m
Views: 4


Whiteness Point and Nairn from Hilton of Delnies

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Date walked: 29/01/2019
Distance: 16.5km
Ascent: 25m
Views: 5


Little Wyvis from Silverbridge

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Corbetts: Little Wyvis
Date walked: 25/01/2019
Distance: 9.5km
Ascent: 655m
Views: 2

Beinn Lunndaidh via Ben Bhraggie, & Ben Horn -Golspie sub2ks

Sub 2000s: Beinn Lunndaidh, Ben Horn

Date walked: 10/01/2019

Distance: 13km

Ascent: 820m

Did my first 2 munros of the year at the weekend, but decided to do 2 smaller hills today - the forecast was for munros to be in cloud, and the west coast wetter than east, so I decided to head north up the A9 and do a couple of hills not far from it .... though when I set off, still wasn't sure which ones I'd be doing. I'd had a quick read last night of some walk reports for sub-2k hills in that area so had a handful in mind, and a couple of OS maps in my bag to cover all the possibilities, but I continued past some of them and ended up stopping in Golspie.

Beinn Lunndaidh via Ben Bhraggie
8.5km, 500m ascent, 2.9hrs.


Parked in the Fountain Road car park (free to park) and followed the waymarked signs for the Beinn Bhraggie footpath. At weekends and in summer it's probably really busy with walkers and mountain bikers, but I didn't see anyone up the hill today other than a trail runner when I was heading back to the car at the end of the walk. The track/path up to the monument is nice and clear, occasionally crossed by MTB tracks, but signs warn walkers off these for safety. Took me 45 mins from the car to the monument on Ben Bhraggie, nice viewpoint down to Golspie and along the coast.
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Looking S, but not very extensive views from the monument at Ben Bhraggie today

Didn't stay there long, but continued along the track, and when it curved downwards and to the right, I left it to continue in more-or-less a straight line to Beinn Lunndaidh. As soon as I left the track, I decided this was probably a good hill to do in a dry summer or a frozen winter. I'd just put an old pair of boots which were no longer waterproof, but on the good side, I was ankle deep in bog from the first few steps, so once I was already wet, stomping through 1 mile of non-stop swamp was easy with no need to try and tussock-hop or stay on the occasional dry (or less wet) square inch of ground.
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Leaving the track, start of the bog stroll straight over to Beinn Lunndaidh

It was a pretty overcast day with light showers on and off, but fairly mild for the time of year, and the clouds were staying above the hills in the area, so visibility was good enough for me to clearly see where I was aiming for. Arriving at the trig point, Ben Horn across the glen looked good, so I decided that would be my next hill of the day. If I'd had an earlier start, or it was a longer summer's day, I'd have considered continuing on to it from this point and doing a big circular walk, but it was already early afternoon so not enough daylight left at this time of year. The forecast seemed to have got it right for today as all hills west looked to be in cloud, so the Golspie area had been a good destination even if I didn't get particularly extensive views from the summit given the weather.
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Beinn Lunndaidh trig point, looking back to Ben Bhraggie

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Looking North to Ben Horn

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Zoomed to a cloud-free Ben Horn

I headed back to the track at a point nearer the Loch, again just crashing through bog all the way (glad that it was relatively mild and my feet were merely soaked rather than frozen and numb), then followed the track and marked paths back to the car. Didn't bother getting changed into dry stuff as I suspected the next hill could bring more of the same...


Ben Horn
4.5km, 320m ascent, 1.2hrs


Drove a bit further through Golspie along the A9, then turned off to head down the single track road to the good parking spot at Bridge of Horn. The first stretch of the walk just follows the good track all the way up to the reservoir; there's a locked gate in the deer fence at one point, but there's a big stile for walkers a few metres away.
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End of the track at the reservoir and Ben Horn starting to sneak under cloud

At the end of the track, I just headed off over the boggy heather and moss up towards Ben Horn. The clouds from the west were moving increasingly east, but I'd had the odd glimpse of the hill as I left the track, so just headed in that direction. There may be some faint ATV tracks to follow, but I only came across them near the summit; anyway, I quite enjoyed the soft terrain I took - good exercise for the legs, and doing a couple of marshy sub 2k hills made me feel like it added up to the same effort as 1 straightforward munro :D . It's also nice doing hills sometimes without a well-trodden path to follow, I like the route-1 option of just seeing where the summit is and heading for it.

By the time I got to the cairn, the cloud was right down and I had no views at all, couldn't even see across to Beinn Lunndaidh or down to Loch Horn. I waited for a few minutes, convinced the cloud was transient, but it didn't improve, so I headed back down the same way.
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The nearest I got to getting a view of Beinn Lunndaidh from the Ben Horn cairn

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Loch Horn back into view on the descent

So no great surprise when I headed down and the cloud lifted for a good while - not only that, but Ben Horn even basked in some setting sunshine for a few seconds! Nice as it would have been to go back up and get the views I'd missed, I decided to keep going in the same direction, and got back to the car for a change into dry socks and trainers.
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You have to be kidding me! ... back at the reservoir and suddenly Ben Horn gets an evening glow...

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A nice dry finish to the day, heading down the track from the reservoir to the car


It's nice to have days like this where it reminds me I don't need to go and do munros and corbetts all the time (just as well - I did 72 munros in 2018 and I can't imagine I'll match that this year!). There are plenty smaller hills which are within easy travelling distance and can add up to a really good day's walking!

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Sgurr Choinnich, Sgurr a'Chaorachain, 2 Strathcarron munros

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Munros: Sgurr a'Chaorachain, Sgurr Choinnich
Date walked: 06/01/2019
Distance: 20km
Ascent: 1230m
Views: 4


Carn na Saobhaidhe, a corbett with easy terrain

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Corbetts: Carn na Saobhaidhe
Date walked: 30/12/2018
Distance: 26.5km
Ascent: 647m
Views: 4


Blackford Hill and Braid Hills, from Leith Walk

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Date walked: 28/12/2018
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 290m
Views: 5

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Location: Inverness

Munros: 95
Corbetts: 33
Grahams: 12
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 31
Hewitts: 31
Sub 2000: 18
Long Distance routes: Great Glen Way   



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Statistics

2019

Trips: 8
Distance: 105.1 km
Ascent: 4009m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2018

Trips: 66
Distance: 965.05 km
Ascent: 55230m
Munros: 72
Corbetts: 16
Grahams: 7
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 3
Wainwrights 4

2017

Trips: 17
Distance: 248.5 km
Ascent: 14025m
Munros: 16
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1

2016

Trips: 12
Distance: 150.5 km
Ascent: 8793m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1


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