Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Affric-an Alps

The Scottish hills are something special at all times. But when the weather is like it has been over the last few days there is nowhere better in the world. The forecast was for the best weather to be in the NW Highlands, so we took a trip to that most magical of glens, Glen Affric. Amazing temperature differential, with a below zero sharp frost overnight, but by lunchtime it was almost shorts weather in the glens.

Chilly still on top of course, though with light winds very pleasant. I climbed Carn a' Choire Ghairbh today, a rough and ready Corbett (Scottish hills between 2500ft and 3000ft). From near the head of the loch there is a most amazing stalker's path, that seems to gain you height magically without much effort---a fine feat of design.

From there onto snowfields and thence to the top. Descended down the long ridge straight back towards Affric Lodge, using another stalker's path to get down. 

 Didn't meet anybody all day until almost back at the car park. What this fine little hill may lack in grandeur itself, it more than makes up for in the views, across to the Affric Munros, the Cluanie horseshoe and back down Glen Affric itself. Magical! 

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