Elgin to Clais na Gaibhre

Elgin to Clais na Gaibhre : Day 1

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Saturday 5th May

35km

940m ascent

River Lossie below Elgin

It was a beautiful spring morning as I left the house with newly arrived Swallows darting about and a Cuckoo calling in the distance. I walked up quiet minor roads in the sunshine quickly settling into long distance walking mode before reaching the track into wind-farm country, Cairn Uish, above Elgin.

Hazy view back to Elgin

After skirting the masts I took to deep heather and moss that was so dry it crumbled under my feet, like walking on cornflakes. I almost stood on a Curlew sitting on her clutch of four eggs camouflaged in the heather. Curlew eggs

Wading through the heather against an increasing wind gave me plenty of exercise as I approached the next set of turbines, on Carn Shalag above Granton-on-Spey, where I had hoped to pitch by Clais na Gaibhre.

Turbines on Cairn Uish

However I had to go on to the next valley to escape the noise. I pitched beside an almost dry stream and spent the first night in my new Akto with a few blustery showers, the first rain for weeks!.

First time for the Akto!

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