Cairngorm and the northern Corries

Last weekend Neil and I followed the good weather which MWIS showed to be in the East Highlands and choose to do an short walk on the Cairngorm Plateau. The ski resort had opened for the start of the skiing season on Saturday and the carpark, funicular railway, Ciste piste and immediate surroundings were quite busy with Skiers and snowboarders, but once clear of these area they rest of the mountain was quiet.

We chose to walk clockwise passing the Ptarmigan, Cairngorm Summit, and along the Northern Corries (Corie an Sneachda, Coire an Lochain) and back along the ridge above the corrie.

The start of the our walk was in thick cloud, but by the time we arrived at the summit of Cairngorm the cloud became more broken and we enjoyed some lovely clear stretches.

Cairngorm plateau walk
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The two Munros of Beinn Eighe

Beinn Eighe main ridge

During quiet times I plan to make a few posts here that are trips reports that I’ve previously written and posted on other websites over the years BB (Before Blogging). I wish to list them here before I lose them (one site lost all old posts when they changed format several years ago) and if they are of interest to you, then so much the better.
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Above Glen Carron on Moruisg

Moruisg

I’ve read several reports that say Moruisg is a boring hill – even the SMC Munros Guide calling it “not a very exciting mountain”. But I beg to differ. I think people who have called it boring have either got wet feet – it is very boggy – and fed up, or are mesmerised by it’s bigger, grander neighbours. Either way, I think it is a lovely hill, and like many smaller hills provides a great vantage point to view the larger neighbouring hills.

We tackled this in a day of clear blue skies and high temperatures and had a fairly easy day.
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Moruisk and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean

Earlier in the week we headed west to Glen Carron and enjoyed a wonderful day’s hike. We ‘bagged’ the Munro, Moruisk and its slightly smaller neighbour, Sgurr nan Ceannaichean.

A wonderful, hot sunny day with magnificent views in all directions, including views to the Cuillins further west.

I’ll write a full blog post in a few days.

Above Glen Einich in the Cairngorms

Sgoran Dubh Mor and Sgor Gaoith are two hills in the ridge of hills lying to the east of Glen Feshie and towering over the dramatic glacial Loch Einich in the Cairgorms.

The walk to ‘bag’ these two hills was undertaken on a wonderful long, balmy summer day (obviously not last summer) when we dawdled throughout the day, finished late and saw practically no one the whole day.

We started out from Loch an Eilein with a gentle walk though the remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest under magnificent Scots pine. The loch was voted one of the most picturesque picnic places in the UK in some poll, but despite it’s popularity is still relatively quiet and unspoilt.

Loch an Eilein
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Alone on Gairich

Gairich stands alone on the south side of Loch Quoich. It is a hill you gaze across when driving to Kinloch Hourn to get to Barrisdale and think “Hmm, must do that one day…” This mid summer day was that ‘someday’. It was a perfect day for an easy mid-week day out on my own.

Gairich
Looking to Gairich (919m) across Loch Quoich.

The usual route up the hill starts by crossing the dam on the south end of the loch.

This hill presents no difficulty with navigation as it stands quite alone and has a path which leads you to the obvious ridge. I parked near the dam at the eastern end of Loch Quoich at NH068024 and walked across the dam.
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