Stravaig-Day 19(13)

Day 19(13) : Glencally to Sheiling of Saughs

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Wednesday 23rd May

26km

1510m ascent

2 Munros

1 Corbett

Glencally from Sron Deirg

The way up to Dreish

Summit trig and shelter, Dreish.
 Still in the cloud!

The wind had dropped overnight and the day started bright but cloud was spreading over as I climbed up Sron Deirg to meet it. Navigation was tricky to Mayar as it was impossible to see from one hag to the next and beside that I always seem to get lost on cairngorm plateaux! Once Mayar was found I just had to follow the 'munro motorway' to Dreish but by this time the drizzle had started, the wind picked up and I was struggling to get numb wet hands into gloves, another fault, I always put them on too late.

The summit did not fill me with excitement, maybe I should have carried on yesterday at least there was visibility, but the route down The Scorrie is excellent although very steep.

Down the Scorrie to Acharn

A long but pleasant walk down the road once again accompanied by peewits and curlew as well as some stupid sheep that kept running down the road in front of me. Why do roads always feel longer than the same distance in the hills?

Looking up Glen Clova to The Scorrie

Clova Hotel

The Clova Hotel made a welcome lunch stop and I put the world to rights with the only other occupant of the bar, a retired traffic cop from Leeds. It would have been quite pleasant to spend the afternoon here but the cloud had broken and the climb up to Loch Brandy and The Goet beckoned in the sunshine.

Clova

Hare I couldn't get lost in the good visibility on the plateau and I spent some time trying (with little success) to take a picture of the mountain hares on the way down to the Sheiling of Saughs, 'saughs' meaning willows, as Roger told me when I rang control from Clova although, as he also said, there are none!

Loch Brandy

Sheiling of Saughs

The Sheiling is a well-kept lunch hut but I decided the ground nearby was too lumpy so went a little further down the glen to find a flatter spot to pitch by the river in the sunshine.

A fine evening

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