Sharing a local hill with friends – and books

Ascent of Meall a’ Bhuachaille (810m)

Translation from Gaelic = ‘hill of the herdsman’
Distance 8.5 km / 5 ¼ miles
Ascent 510 metres / 1666 feet

Meall a' Bhuachaille

I stayed on at my work place at Glenmore for an extra night this weekend, so I could meet up with ‘net acquaintances who were passing through the area. I had not met the fellow bookcrosser, Sujie before, but from our emails before her visit, I learned that she and her husband would be interested in joining me for a walk up a small hill during their stay. I choose to share the delights of Meall a’Bhuachaille with them, as this wee hill gives a lovely view of the Cairngorms mountains.

After the poor forecast of the previous day we were lucky to have a lovely warm, sunny afternoon.
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A favourite wee hill: Meall a’ Bhuachaille

Last weekend I led a small group up the lovely wee hill above Glenmore, Meall a Bhuachaille.

I really enjoy this walk as it takes you through a variety of habitats and gives superb views of the Cairngorm mountains from the summit.

I usually choose to ascend this from Glenmore and descend to Ryvoan bothy, with a walk out along the Ryvoan Pass. The first part of the ascent leads up beside a small wooded burn and past spurce plantations. The Forestry Commission are gradually removing the non-native spruce trees and replanting with native Scots Pine, birch and willow.

Up through the forest above Glenmore

It’s not long before you get above the tree line and with views down to Loch Morlich below.
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