Clais na Gaibhre to Meur Tuath

Clais na Gaibhre to Meur Tuath : Day 2

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Sunday 6th May

35km

900m ascent

Rainbow over the River Divie

The day started windy with blustery showers but good sunny intervals and easier walking, as the rain had softened the moss, made a pleasant start to the day.

Miles and miles of nothing

A rough heathery walk over wild and deserted hills brought me to a shooting hut which made an ideal brew stop and gave some respite from the wind which was very strong on the tops.

Aproaching Dava

A track then wound on for miles through really delightful open country (miles and miles of fuc nothing), where I found another Curlew's nest, before reaching Dava where there is one of the few remaining AA phone boxes.

AA phone box

It was rather an unpleasant walk for the couple of miles up the A939 into strong wind and rain before the shower cleared and I tried to find the 'Military Road' marked on the map.

What military road?

It has obviously been a long time since this was used by the military or anyone else, but I followed a vague line through the heather, finding a Grouse's nest this time, before it did develop into a track.

Grouse nest hidden in the heather

A short road walk to Dunearn Lodge where there were a lot of gulls, not sure what type, I am not very good on gulls! Then back to more wild land.

Gulls over the Tomlachlan Burn

When the track reached the Leonach Burn I was suprised by a beautiful gorge, with rather depleted waterfalls.

Waterfall without much water!
Splendid gorge on the Leonach Burn

If I had looked at the map with my glasses on I would have known it was here, but that would have spoiled the surprise!

River Findhorn

My route then took me over the hills to the River Findhorn and Drynachan Lodge. This is obviously a good fishing area with well kept river banks and very nice fishing bothys

Bridge over the Findhorn at Drynachan Lodge

A steep road up through the trees brought me to the track to Meur Tuath and a good shooting bothy where I stopped for a brew. It was a beautiful spot so, although rather exposed to the wind, I pitched near the bothy where I could cook and eat in comfort.

Beside the Bothy

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