Three days in the Cairngorms

Tomintoul to Glenmore: Linn of Avon to Fords of Avon

The weather forecast was not looking good for my planned mid-week trip in the Cairngorms. Rain, wind, and the summits hidden in cloud all 3 days. But I was psyched up to get out there into the hills, so a change of plan was called for. I browsed the maps and decided that I’d tackle a walk in the glens instead of the tops. Neil dropped me off at Tomintoul and I was to spend 3 or 4 days walking back to Glenmore – to be back for the weekend for work.
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Glorious wild Sandwood Bay

When we woke at Sandwood Bay we were delighted to feel the sun warming us in our tent in the sand dunes and see blue skies stretching over the ocean and the inland hills.

Sandwood: Breakfast cuppa

I ran out on to the sand and immediately wanted to do cartwheels on the sand, but I’ve never been able to do cartwheels even when a wee girl(!), so started my morning with some yoga on the beach. This was much needed to stretch stiff muscles from carrying my full rucksack the previous day and sleeping on the Thermarests.
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Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

We spent two fabulous days of the Easter Holiday weekend walking in the hills in the Glen Spean area. This involved climbing Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain on Sunday, an overnight camp near Loch Treig (our first camp this year) and climbing Creag Meagaidh on Monday.

Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

For this hill walk we started just north of An Dubh Lochan half a mile or so before Fersit. There is a path of sorts heading SW which crosses the line of the old tramway. The tramway ran from Loch Treig to Fort William and was part of the tunnelling works for the water supply for the aluminium works in Fort William.

Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin &  Stob Coire Easain

The path leads onto the broad ridge gradually gaining height and was easy walking, but the ground was wet. Very wet. We squelched through the sticky, black, peaty morass, passing a couple of hydro survey pillars connected to the water pipeline.
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The Rough Bounds of Knoydart

A change of plan means we are free to organise a 4 or 5 day trip away in two weeks time. I had thought of returning to Knoydart, as I’ve still got hills there I wish to climb, but I found out that the weekend of 17th – 19th April they are holding a music festival to celebrate 10 years of the community buyout. I like music festivals, but I’d prefer to see Knoydart when it is not crowded.

Never mind, plenty more wonderful places to choose from over in the west.

I thought I share with you a few notes from my last trip to Knoydart when we had a couple of day of sunshine in June a couple of years ago.

Knoydart is a remote peninsular of wild land (or at least about as wild as it gets in the UK) . The only way to the area is a 13km hike along a narrow path to the north of the peninsular or a ferry to the south side. Even the road to the start of the path is pretty spectacular.

Approaching Kinloch Hourn
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