Stravaig-Day 18(12)

Day 18(12) : Gleann Fearnach to Glencally

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Tuesday 22nd May

24km

1190m ascent

1 Corbett

Fine morning, Crannach

Overnight rain showers had gone leaving a cold wind with glimpses of the sun as I crossed the hill to reach the Cateran Trail (It seems that the Caterans were cattle rustlers not sports car manufacturers or is that Caterhams).

Heathery hills

I stopped at the Upper Lunch hut, a fine shelter, and saw in the visitorís book other Challengers had passed this way but two days earlier. The 'way' is certainly well marked with posts, rather pointless on a straight track but it leads to the splendid cafe at the Spiddal of Glenshee, ideal for hungry walkers at any time of day, where they provided me with an excellent second breakfast.

Upper Lunch hut on the Cateran Way

Glenshee

Summit of Monamenach A good track took me up to Gleann Carnach accompanied by flocks of Lapwings and then mountain hares and deer as I climbed the easy grassy slopes of Monamenach to the meeting of old fences at the top.

Looking back across the Shee Water

The quality of deer encountered during my walk seemed to be deteriorating the further east I went, the magnificent individuals seen around Knoydart had been replaced by large herds of nondescript animals, overstocking? Down to Glen Isla, where there are some very smart holiday homes for rent, and then the extended track up Glencally to where the river divides below Sron Deirg.

Dalhally

Glen Isla

I had a long discussion with myself here about the possibility of going on 'ova to Clova' today. For: only 3.30pm, good visibility, 4 hours to Acharn. Against: Too windy to camp high if necessary, At least 4 hours, would it be possible to camp at Acharn now camp site is closed. Decision reached, tent pitched, washing done (at least it wasn't raining when I was standing in the river but the wind was cold!). A relaxing evening listening to the peewits and curlews.

Glencally

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