Sunday, 21 August 2016

High mountains & plateau

Another day spent amongst the high Cairngorms, guiding Mike to the tops of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Scotland and Cairn Gorm itself. There was high cloud on and off the tops all day, but plenty of good visibility and even some warm sunshine. The plateau is such a special place on days like this, with a wonderful, mysterious atmosphere.  It was lovely to see the reindeer herds today in Coire Raibert. This is the closest I have ever seen them to the ski area but they seemed very happy. We were glad to get the boots off after another long-enough day tramping the hills.  Mountain-biking tomorrow to give the walking muscles a rest!

What a place
Cloud lifting off Braeriach

The heart of the Cairngorms

Looking northwards over Rothiemurchus towards Speyside

Great visibility despite some cloud

The reindeer add to the Arctic atmosphere

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