After a few days over in Lossiemouth waiting for the wet westerly winds to abate, we headed back towards the hills on Wednesday 28th, encouraged by a better forecast for the next day. Once more, we pitched the tent at Cannich, and marvelled at the arrival of "das Rollende Hotel"- a bus with a sleeping trailer, fold-out dining shelter, and about 40 passengers - a truly bizarre sight (below)!
|Das Rollende Hotel at Cannich camp site|
It was a lovely drive up the glen, and we soon reached the starting point for the walk just beyond the top of Loch Beannacharan. I dropped Anne off here at 9.30am to begin the walk, then drove another 7km up the road, to the planned end point of our walk. Leaving the car there, I cycled back down the glen, and set off up the path at 10am.
An initially good track turned into a boggy squelch for a mile or so up the Allt Coire Mhuillidh. I walked for a while with another solo walker, and soon we were heading up to drier ground on the broad south west ridge of Sgurr na Ruaidhe ("reddish peak"). About half-way up we caught up with Anne, then overtook another solo lady walker (who turned out to be from Gattonside, only a few miles from Selkirk). Soon the ridge began to ease off, and 2 hours from the car, we reached the summit cairn. A sociable lunch spot ...
|summit of Sgurr na Ruaidhe, with Carn nan Gobhar in background|
From the bealach, more easy grassy slopes led us up toward the boulder-strewn top of Carn nan Gobhar (992m), the second Munro of the day. Hang on a second - weren't we on Carn nan Gobhar (992m) this time last year? Yes! Bizarrely enough, there are two Carn nan Gobhars, exactly the same height, and only 14km apart - one in the Mullardoch range, the other one here in the Strathfarrars. Maybe they were named after the same goats! (we didn't see any).
|Anne on Carn nan Gobhar, with Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais, Creag Gorm a'Bhealaich and Sgurr Fhuar Thuill in the background|
|Creag Ghorm a' Bhealaich from Sgurr a 'Choire Ghlais|