Stravaig-Day 17(11)

Day 17(11) : Faskally to Gleann Fearnach

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Monday 21st May

26km

1550m ascent

2 Corbetts

Faskally Camp Site

A calm bright morning and after a discussion on wildlife, birds in particular, with a chef from Newcastle who was pitched beside me, I started the day without a jacket on the riverside path to Killiecrankie.

River Garry

It is easy to see why this area is such a tourist attraction with the beautiful scenery and riverside walks that you donít realise are there as you speed through on the A9.

Loch a Choire and Ben Vrackie

A steep path up to Meall na h-Aodainn Moire leads to a variety of routes to Loch a Choire then a very steep engineered path to Ben Vrackie where the Jacket had to go on due to the strong wind.

Looking back to Loch Tummel

The indicator on the summit was actually useful as visibility was good enough to identify most of the points.

The Cairngorms, Cairn Toul in centre above the Lairig Ghru

The route to Ben Vuirich involved picking my way through lumpy, pathless tracts of deep heather,rather tiring and I spent some time sitting in the heather watching a large herd of deer (150-200) and a Golden Eagle, that came close enough to be positively identified, before circling Crungie Clach (what a wonderful name!) and vanishing towards Ben Vuirich.

A small group of deer

The descent to Allt na Leacainn Moire was followed by a long climb to the summit and a short steep descent before more peat hags and heather to Gleann Fearnach.

Going down to Gleann Fearnach

There had obviously been considerably less rain this side of the A9 and the ground was relatively dry. A short walk down the glen and I turned up to find a pitch near Loch Crannach with curlews bubbling and snipe drumming in the dusk.

Creag Loisk

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