December 2017, Weekend Meet Report, Glen Clova

Glen Clova is one of the Angus Glens, which along with Glen Isla, Glen Prosen and Glen Esk, take great bites out of the southern Cairngorms.  Those of you that read the Scottish Mountaineer will have seen the recent article about The Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club’s brand-new Hut in Glen Clova.  Unfortunately, I can’t offer any more insight on this exciting development.  What I can say is that the rather tired and overpriced Glen Clova Hotel Bunkhouse will be closing in spring, to be transformed into more en-suite rooms for the hotel.

It may be only 55 miles as the crow flies, but by road it is a tortuous 3-hour journey.  Joe Glennie was first to set off and the last to arrive (with the obvious exception of clan Beattie).  Joe was too lazy to drive all the way and so came up with a cunning plan…. “I had Friday off work and only managed to book one night’s accommodation at the bunkhouse.  I drove to Braemar, via Rhynie and Dinnet (so-called because you Dinnet really want to be there), due to the Lecht snow gates being closed, and parked up at Auchallater.  The day was dawning fine and cold as I made my way up Glen Callater and I was wishing I had skis for the soft snowy ascent up Carn an t’Sagairt Mor and even softer snowier descent down the southeast flank that had me stumbling through deep windslab.  A wee scramble up the frozen boulders of Cairn Bannoch then it was out with the map and compass as the cloud rolled in.

I skirted the side of Tolmount and headed south towards Tom Buidhe when I heard a special and unusual sound.  It took a while to recognise it but I stopped, took a few deep breaths and held it, heart beat slowed and I listened intensely.  There it was.  Nothing.  The wind had dropped off, the ground completely covered in soft snow.  No sound of water or life, just pure delicious silence.  After a few moments the wind started again and so did I.

From the summit of Tom Buidhe I continued south over the featureless expanse.  The sun fell and so did the cloud.  I was glad of my GPS.  On Dun Hillocks the cloud cleared and the moon rose and it felt like a new day.  I would have lingered on the summit of Mayar if a strong biting wind hadn’t suddenly blown in from the north.  The views from the ridge line of Shank of Drumfollow were magnificent in the moonlight and it was with a slight reluctance that I descended to the valley below.

I awoke the following morning in my own ensuite room after a luxurious long lie.  There was a kind offer of a lift up the road which would have saved me an hour and a half of walking on tarmac but as the saying goes, “Time and Dan wait for no man”.  Breakfast, coffee and faff had me setting off at about quarter past Joe.

It felt good to finally leave the low ground behind but the powdery snow of yesterday had become the soft slush of today so the going wasn’t the easiest.  I followed Jock’s Road past Davy’s Bourach – a great wee howff, and up to my footsteps of 24 hours before.  I couldn’t actually see them due to the thaw but continued on to the top of Tolmount and then traversed the high ground between Cairn of Claise and the cliffs of Coire Loch Kander to the summit of Carn an Tuirc.  Again, I was glad of my GPS.

IMG_0124I genuinely believe that there is no such thing as a boring or unpleasant hill but in the clag and the wind and the slush, as I stood alone in the fading light on top of a poor excuse for a cairn on what was probably the highest piece of ground on a barren bouldery lump I had my doubts.  At this point in time I just wanted a fish supper.  Happily, I soon reached Braemar and had one.”

The skies were clear on Saturday morning.  Brent Criag, Al Tait and Derek Harman turned left out of the front door and ascended the track to Loch Brandy.  They circumnavigated the loch to the high point of Green Hill where they had superb views towards Lochnagar.

Mutiny on the Scorrie: Heavy, Babs, Dianne, Nathan, Evelyn and Allan set off (once Heavy had found is keys) up the Kilbo Path to Mayer.  There was snow down to the bottom of the Glen, but it wasn’t deep and the path had a pleasant gradient, which meant that the bealach was soon reached.  The summit of Mayar was just a short yomp across the plateau.  There was a fair bit of wind on the summit, in contrast to the rest of the day, but the views were great.  The party retraced their steps to the bealach and ascended Dreish.  For their descent, the party headed northwest towards the Scorrie (the NW ridge of Driesh), which was where the problems started. The temperature had risen during the day and the snow was now getting pretty wet and slippery.  Most of the party mutinied at the sight of the steep slope, leaving Heavy to continue alone.  The mutineers returned via Driesh (round 2 for the tickers?) and the Kilbo Path.  All eventually returned safely.

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Nathan, Evelyn, Drummond, Ella, Heavy and Allan

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Drummond and Ella

Drummond and Ella undertook a similar journey to Team Heavy, but went to Dreish first, and then Mayar.  Dan also followed the masses up the Kilbo Path, but just beyond the treeline he put on his skis.  “The snow cover was a bit marginal, but I only had to take them off once to get to the top of Mayer.  From there I slid cautiously (for there were hidden rocks) north west towards Jock’s Road.  This is a fairly featureless area that would be challenging in white-out, but fortunately the clag that occasionally threatened stayed on the western horizon.  There was more snow in this area, but it was still ‘survival skiing’.  I took my skis off at about 500m and then walked back to the car.

Most folk went home on Sunday morning (some even did so on Saturday night)… what is the club coming to?  Sunday’s weather turned out rather nice.  Ella, Drummond and Dan did a clockwise circuit of Loch Brandy.  There is a pleasant path all the way to the Loch and the corrie remains largely hidden until the last rise is created.  But the wait is worth it.  This is one of the finest corries in Scotland, with steep walls rising high above the sizable loch.  “The Snub” is the ridge that forms the western wall of the corrie.  The snow was perfect for kicking steps and after a short while they were admiring views across the snowy plateau towards Lochnagar.  Once up it was an easy walk to Green Hill.  Drummond was up against the clock and so he and Ella descended from here to the car.  Dan continued on to include the Corbett Ben Tirran (The Goet).  For Ella, it will require another trip before the MMC trophy is rightfully earned.

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Ella and Drummond (faffing) Ascending the Snub

Glen Clova may be a long drive (or walk), but it is a worthy destination.  The munros may not be the most dramatic, but there are a plethora of amazing corries and hidden lochans to explore.  There are also some great place names to ponder, including “The Witter”, “Benty Roads” and “Boustie Ley”.  We’ll be back!

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Christmas Meal Bus Meet, Dec 2017

Date: 17th December 2017
Route: Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey (Speyside Way)
Pick up times: Inverness (8:00), Forres (8:40), Elgin (9:00).
Arrival: ETA Ballindalloch (turn at Cragganmore Distillery): 10:00
Return Journey: Grantown (Dep 19:00) – Inverness – Forres – Elgin
Cost: Bus fare is £15 and the cost of the meal is £25, which includes a glass of wine.

This years Christmas walk is part of the Speyside Way from Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey. Details of the walk can be found on Walkhighlands.

The coach should arrive at Ballindalloch at approximately 10:00. The coach will then go round to our destination (Grantown-on-Spey). The walk is approximately 14 miles and should take between 5 and 6 hours (probably nearer 6 hours given some of the festivities that make be taking place). This should mean that we would arrive at our destination, The Grant Arms Hotel, by 16:00. I would expect the meal to be served between 16:30 and 17:00 – which will allow us 2 – 2.5 hours for our meal, celebrations and Presidents speech and awards. We will be leaving the hotel at 19:00 and be returning to Inverness by 20:00/20:30 and, finally, arriving at Elgin by 21:00/21:30. In the event of adverse weather or difficult road conditions then a shorter walk will be undertaken.

Alternative suggested walks include staying on the coach until Cromdale, which would then mean about a 3 mile walk, following the Speyside Way, to Grantown.  Other options, would mean staying on the coach until Grantown, where there are at least 3 alternative walks:

  1. Circular walk around Anagach Woods, which is approximately 7 miles and should take about 3/3.5hours.
  2. Around Beachen Wood, approximately 4 miles, and should take about 1.5/2hours.
  3. Viewpoint above Grantown which is about 3.5miles and should take about 1.5/2hours.

You could, of course, walk some of the Dava Way or Speyside Way from Grantown although you would need to do a “there and back” walk.

I have sent out a zip file of these routes and gpx files to your email.

Menu Choices
STARTER:
Freshly made Carrot, Leek and Ginger Soup (V) Scented with Crème Fraîche
Fillet of Hot Smoked Salmon Topped with Prawn Marie Rose, served with Rocket Leaves and Granary Bread
Trio of Venison Salami, Smoked Venison and Sliced Chorizo Sausage From the Great Glen Smokehouse, simply served with a Tomato Cider Chutney and Seasonal Salad
Sauté of Fresh Mushrooms (V)  Tossed in a Creamy Peppercorn Sauce and served with Toasted Garlic Bread
MAIN:
Roast Breast and Leg of Grampian Turkey With a Sage and Onion Stuffing, Bacon, Roasted Chipolata Sausages and a Natural Gravy
Roast Sirloin of Scottish Beef topped with a Mushroom, Bacon, Thyme and Red Wine Bordelaise Sauce, served with a Yorkshire Pudding
Grilled Fillet of Wester Ross Salmon resting on a Crisp Potato Rosti, garnished with Prawn Tails and Fresh Asparagus, bound in a Rich Tomato Cream Bisque
Spirals of Fusilli Pasta (V) tossed with Red Peppers, Sunblushed Tomatoes and Broccoli Florets, all bound in a Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce, dusted with Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
DESERT:
Lemon Curd and Vanilla Cream Mousse With Fresh Raspberries and Highland Shortbread
Warm Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding With Whipped Dairy Cream and Butterscotch Sauce
Belgian Chocolate and Roasted Hazelnut Brownie With Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce
Peppered Crowdie Cheese Served with Crisp Celery, Green Grapes and Crisp Crackers
Freshly Brewed Tea and Coffee served in the Capercaillie Bar

If you have any food allergy or any special dietary requirements please let your server know. The food on this menu may contain Gluten, Eggs, Fish, Nuts, Milk, Celery, Mustard, Sulphites, Lupin, Shell Fish and Soya

Names and menu choice to Gordon Eccleston as soon as possible!

Hogmanay 2017: Feshie Bridge

Date: nights of 30th December 20167, 31st and 1st January 2018 (3 nights)
Venue: Mill Cottage (Grid Ref  NH 847 047)
Cost: £30pp (total).  Payment required in advance to reserve place (If you pay by bank transfer, please also email Simon Jacyna)

Mill CottageA nice hut well located for the western cairngorms with a good choice of activities available – hopefully there will be ski touring this year.  Costs to be confirmed but this is a low cost venue, (except for the alcohol). Payment in advance will be required in due course.  Bookings to Simon Jacyna as soon as possible please by text or email.

MMC Film Night

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017.
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Druthie Cobbler, Elgin
Cost: Suggested donation £2pp
Raffle: Yes – Please donate any unwanted gifts etc for the raffle.

As the nights are drawing in there are less hours in the day to fill with expeditions and adventure, so it is the time to get inspired. And what better way to do that than watching other peoples’ adventures.

We will be screening a selection of outdoor adventure films covering a number of our favourite actives; hiking, climbing, skiing and mountaineering.

We hope to see you on the 21st, if the exciting films and the company of fellow club members are not enough to entice you along on the night then perhaps the bar will, we will not even have to walk down stairs as they are opening the upstairs bar for us.

Please send in any film suggestions or better still if you have short clips of footage of your own adventures that we can edit to create a MMC film, please contact Katie Dyke.

Weekend Meet, Glen Clova, Dec 2017

Date: Nights of Friday 1 Dec and Saturday 2 Dec
Cost: £20pppn
Venue: Glen Clova Hotel Bunkhouse 
Google Maps.

Our venue for December is the bunkhouse at the Glen Clova Hotel in the Angus Glens. Very handy for the Munros of Mayar and Driesh as well as Jocks Road and the Mounth (and the  pub), this bunkhouse is well equipped and comfortable. We have booked twelve places, (one double room and 10 dorm beds). There are still a few places so please let me know soon if you are coming as I will cancel the double room if we do not have sufficient numbers.

Contact Simon Jacyna to book your place

Weekend Meet Report, Achiltibuie, Nov 2017

A change of venue this year in place of the usual trip to Inchnadamph Lodge. Acheninver bunkhouse was previously an SYHA hostel that is now in its second year of private ownership.

A short walk and a narrow bridge provide the access and everyone had read the joining notes, and were therefore well equipped with head-torches and batteries, managed to find it in the dark.

The forecast for Saturday was cold, windy and showery. Nothing daunted, the majority, (Robert, Andy, Jan, Bea, Ben, Joe & Sheila, Alistair, Carol, David, Jake, Drummond, Al and Katie set off in two groups for the circuit of Ben Mor Coigach which is immediately behind the hut. The weather was a bit better than forecast so despite a few sharp wintry showers good views were to be had for most of the day as the cloud stayed above the tops. They returned shortly before sunset, looking only slightly wet.

Evelyn opted for a low level walk and explored the area around the hut and the beach. A diversion to the Iron Age broch found the path blocked by a large herd of Highland cattle, with even larger horns. Finding that her interest in Iron Age archaeology was suddenly waning she decided a diversion to the cafe for some cake had greater appeal.

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Colin relaxing – the calm before the storm!

Colin and Simon decided that getting cold, wet and blown on somewhere up a mountain was not the adventure of choice for the day and decided to go kayaking instead. You can still get cold, wet and blown about but at least you do it sitting down. A bouldery launch was followed by a wind assisted paddle along the east side of the peninsula to Ruigh Coigach. This was quite scenic in the sunshine and a large and spectacular waterfall cascading down the cliff from a height of about 60′ soon became a destination. Unfortunately putting down one’s paddle to take a photo, just as a savage squall hits you is not always the best idea. A support stroke with a camera proved ineffective and Colin found himself swimming. A slick rescue operation (ha!) swung into action and Colin was soon back in his boat. Unfortunately a lack of co-ordination meant that this didn’t last long and he went over a second time. As they were a bit close to the rocks by now a tow was required before a second and permanently successful re-entry was completed. This required a pumping operation to drain the boat and the ‘close encounter’ required to ensure stability would have given a cliff top observer cause to dig out binoculars. In the absence of sheep with binoculars, Colin somehow managed by accident to video much of the activity – no doubt the edited highlights will appear somewhere!

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View from Simon’s boat

The evening saw the now traditional Hallow’een fancy dress party on the theme of movie characters. There was a very suave James Bond, a stunning Maid Marion (surprisingly this was not Joe), a woodland elf recycled as Peter Pan, Mini Me, a scarecrow and captain Jack Sparrow amongst others. The Invisible Man was said to be present but no-body saw him. Festivities continued into the small hours aided by a copious supply of daiquiris and white Russians.

Sunday as usual is less well documented but Simon, Robert and Drummond ascended Stac Pollaidh which looked magnificent in the low autumn sunlight, while Joe ran it in a little over an hour.

And so ends another excellent weekend.

November 2017, Weekend Meet, Achiltibuie

Date: Nights of 3 and 4th November 2017

Cost: Ask Simon

Location: Acheninver Bunkhouse, Achiltibuie (Google Maps), Grid Ref NC 0422 0570

Facilities: Refer to the Bunkhouse website

Our next weekend is to the Acheninver bunkhouse in Achilitibuie for our now nearly legendary Hallowe’en meet, featuring hillwalking, possibly caving or kayaking and very definitely fancy dress. Our traditional venue at Inchnadamph is closed for renovation this year so we are going to this slightly more bijou bunkhouse near the beach. The hostel is at the foot of Ben More Coigach and handy for many of the other Assynt Hills and the coast.

Surprisingly there are still a few places left so book soon if interested.

Theme: The theme this year is ‘movie characters’, so for those not bold enough to play Borat last time, here is a second opportunity. (It reminds me of the last fancy dress party I was at – an attractive young lady dressed as Superwoman asked if I would like to have super-sex. My reply was that I would have the soup please)

Please contact Simon Jacyna to book a place on this meet.

October 2017, Bus Meet Report, Glen Carron

First of all, a warm welcome back to the club for Dale. So, 16 members headed off for Glen Carron knowing full well that the weather was not going to be kind. The remnants of the Caribbean summer hurricanes were heading to the west coast of Scotland on the Sunday afternoon. So, with this in mind several members opted not to go up high.

A new bus driver, Matt, needed some guidance on how to pronounce some of our Scottish hill names and villages. Anyway, his sat nav got us safely to the main drop off points on time.

First off the bus, at Achnasheen, were Ray, Malcolm, Tom, Diane, Dale and Colin. Colin had brought along his bike, so he headed off towards Torridon before turning down past Loch Coulin and re-joining the road back to Achnashellach, where he cycled down to Coulags to get picked up. Colin described the conditions as “wild and windy” and dry until about 14:00. However, he benefited from some lovely autumnal colours in the forests.

Colin Cowie Glen Carron, Oct 2017Colin’s adventures

For Ray, Malcolm, Tom, Dianne and Dale their main target was to climb Fionn Bheinn. Ray took a small detour to include Creagan nan Laogh on the very windy route towards the summit of the munro. The advantage of tackling this munro was that the group could descend quite quickly and get back to the pub stop (The Ledgowan Hotel) before the worst off the afternoon weather set in. As expected, no real views from this summit due the low cloud. However, the descent was made easier by a new path (and a path to the windfarm). Anyway, all were safely back to the hotel by 14:00 and spent a relaxing afternoon waiting on the rest of the bus group to arrive.

The next drop off point was Achnashellach Station where Graeme, Dottie and Andy got off. Dottie and Andy took the low level walk along the Coulin Pass before joining the path which ran around Beinn Liath Mhor and Fuar Tholl. Again wind and rain, but a very enjoyable walk. There was also plenty of time to walk the 3 miles from Achnashellach to rejoin the bus at Coulags. Graeme took a relatively low level circuit from Achnashellach around “some hills” to Coulags (and briefly met up with the Coulags group) before having an afternoon tea stop at the bothy. Graeme commented that he was almost blown off his feet a few times in the morning and then encountered the afternoon rain (“soaked to the skin” – despite wearing wellies). The afternoon tea stop at the bothy is an interesting point because … the bothy was locked in the morning due to the stag culling season.

The final drop off point was Coulags where Sean, Graham, Bill, Graeme, Gordon and Ken get off. The main aim of the group was to get to the bothy, enjoy a relaxing lunch and have a wander around. Before arriving at the bothy, there is a new, small hydro electric scheme. On arriving at the bothy and noticing it was locked, we still had a short bite to eat using the bothy as shelter for the wind and the rain. We then headed up the path to the bealach. Ken went as far as the lochan and then returned to the bus (a wise decision). Graeme zoomed ahead to take in the munro Maol Chean-dearg. On reaching the bealach, the rest of the group decided to walk around the hills (Munro and Corbett) and undertake some adventurous river crossings. There was some map reading and sat nav work as the path disintegrated. It was quite blustery and wet in the afternoon, but the group finally made it back to the bus by 16:30 (wet and cold).

Ken Ross Glen Carron (2), Oct 2017Lunch outside Coire Fionnariach bothy
Ken Ross Glen Carron, Oct 2017Wellies and a wetsuit required

So, a very welcome pub stop, allowed us all to dry out a bit and look forward to some better weather the next time.

Please note that the next bus meet is the Christmas Meal meet, at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. Bookings are now being taken – so look out for an email!

Words by Gordon Eccleston. Photos by Colin Cowie and Ken Ross

October 2017, Weekend Meet Report, Skye

The weather forecast for the weekend was not looking good, however, that didn’t deter our members from getting out and about on Skye.

An early start by Heavy, leaving home at 4:30, meant that he met up with Andy at 8:00 at Glen Brittle. Friday looked like being the best of the weather – so they headed up Sgurr na Bannachdich. However, even with the early start the rain came down by the time they reached the summit and that meant no views. However, there were a few photo opportunities on the approach to the summit.

Another Friday walker was Evelyne. Having driven up on the Thursday evening, Evelyne set out early on Friday to tackle the Corbett Sgurr an Airgid. There was a good path from the cemetery car park at Morvich to the summit. On the ascent, there was some company courtesy of a large herd of deer with some roaring stags. The early start was rewarded with great views of the surrounding hills and the Skye Bridge, with the bonus of no rain! On the descent, watched an eagle circling above Morvich before driving round to Glen Brittle.

Saturday and the weather was true to the forecast – low cloud and rain. Heavy again set off early to tackle Bruach na Frithe from the Glen Brittle side. No one on the hill, but hundreds at the Fairy pools. A quick descent and back to the hut before heading off to Sligachan to take part in the Norman Collie and John McKenzie meeting.

Another group, Malcolm, Tony, Mark and Alex, set off a little bit later to tackle Bruach na Frithe. They drove up to the car park at the Fairy Pols and pondered whether to abandon the hill due to the poor weather. Anyway, despite zero visibility, the group strode up the scree slope. There was fairly persistent rain and strong wind which made the walk a bit of a slog! However, their attention was kept in check by the wet, slippy rocks. However, quite quickly they arrived at the narrow ridge and soon summited (in under 3 hours). They returned via the obligatory Fairy pools.

Gordon and Evelyne set off down Glen Brittle towards the headland, Rubh’ a Dunain. The ground was quite boggy and the fords were in spate, which required a little detour now and then to find a safe crossing. Arriving at the headland, we had a lunch break and enjoyed a brief glimpse of a sea eagle. The main task of the walk was to investigate the remnants of village life in this area. Some googling when back home revealed that the ruin of a large house was once the home of the Chief of Clan MacAskill until the nineteenth century. The exit stream from the loch at the headland, Loch na h-Airde, has at some point been dug as a canal, obviously to enable boats to be dragged up to the safety of the loch. Theories as to the origin of this vary from it being dug by the Vikings to being a Victorian construction by the MacAskills. Other notable ruins included a chambered cairn. On the return journey, we met up with Dan and Sheena and close to Glen Brittle. we meet up with Jan and Andy undertaking the same walk. Just a shame that the low cloud hid some great views of the Cuillins. There was a slight problem with notices at the Glen Brittle Camp site – stating that walkers had to use the beach to access the hills? This needs some further investigation, since this should be a right of way. It was also mentioned to watch out for helicopters –although the only helicopter we came across was a small radio controlled one being used by the owner of the campsite. Anyway, more on the helicopters later!

Skye 2017 Jake LeeJake, Colin and Maureen set off, in their vans, to the Fairy Glen at the north of the island. They left their vans in Uig and walked into the strange, other-worldly landscape of the Fairy Glen. They then drove round to the Quirang. The car park was busy [these days, if you want peace and quiet try Sauchiehall Street], and the underfoot conditions slightly moist, which led to the major incident of the day when Jake skint his knee! Unfortunately, the First Aid kit was in the hut!

Andy and Dianne headed up Sgurr na Bannachdich and despite the zero visibility, Dianne “bagged” her first Skye munro without a rope and harness!

Andy and Deb headed up to Coire Lagan. However, the poor weather and lack of photo opportunities put them off venturing onto the ridge. A wise decision – the hills will still be there next year, when we are guaranteed sunshine and dry, windless conditions.

Sunday arrived, and the weather was much the same. Some of the younger/fitter members made a quick dash up to Coire Lagan just to stretch their legs before heading home. However, there was a group of hardy members (Malcolm, Tony and Mark) who wanted to make the most of the weekend and “bag” some more Munros.

So with the mist down to about 100m and a forecast of rain, Malcolm, Tony and Mark set off at 9:00 to climb Sgurr nan Eag. At the campsite, they passed a party waiting for a guide to take them up to the ridge – and, unusually, a luxury coach. A few minutes later, they heard 3 helicopters land at the campsite, presumably to disgorge some lucky passengers onto the coach – though why anyone would want to fly in those conditions is a mystery! Anyway, the three pressed on through the mist and rain into Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda, then onto the ridge. A few backtracks then ensued as it became difficult to find the safest route to the ridge. Eventually, they arrived at the summit, pleased that they had navigated the route in poor visibility. The descent proved to be just as problematic as the ascent with it difficult to keep on the track. They finally emerged from the mist just before 18:00 and were soon back at the hut. (Postscript: Apparently, the party with the guide had descended some 2 hours earlier having climbed the 3 most southerly Munros – while we had struggled to complete 1 Munro! Is there a lesson to be learnt here? It would also explain the “beware of helicopters sign – looks like guiding in Skye pays very well!)

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The Quiraing

Tony and Malcolm stayed over on Sunday night for an extra day in the hills. Following a leisurely breakfast, they headed round to tackle Bla Bheinn – setting off from the car park at 11:30. The weather proved to be better than forecast and the summit was visible for most of the ascent. Unfortunately, about 200m form the summit the cloud descended and the views disappeared. However, a good path meant that there was no difficulty in route finding. They we back at the car in just under 5 hours – a good day on the hills.

Words by Gordon Eccleston, Photos by Colin Cowie