The Fisherfield Wilderness

Edinburgh School Duke of Edinburgh Award at Shenevall bothy and Beinn Dearg Mor in the distance.

The view of An Teallach form the walk to Shenevall
Views open of An Teallach at every part of our walk.

One of the great things of living in Morayshire is that you are so near the big hills. I have a friend who is getting near the end of his Munros and wanted me to help him with four very tricky mountains up in the North West of Scotland. Due to their remoteness and my age it is a bit easier to stay at a mountain  bothy over night. The bothy we were making for was Sheneval which sits below An Teallach about 8 kilometres from the road. It is a wonderful spot in a majestic location and a place I have visited since 1971 on a regular basis. It can be a busy spot in summer with lots of walkers but midweek you may be lucky! I was meeting John at 1700 as he was coming from Glasgow and I was playing golf in the morning. The forecast was wait for it, wet and windy and possible snow and sleet showers (in June!) We met a Corrie Hallie and set of through the birch woods which break out into open moorland all the time the view of An Teallach opens in front of us, ever-changing with the mist. The weather was perfect for walking and there were no midges or clegs due to the cold weather. This can be a wild area and even that moorland in a winter’s day and driving snow can make this peaceful walk a fight against the elements. In my youth many times I completed the 6 Munros in one day a 16 hour round trip when I was fit and young. I also managed a couple of winter rounds of the six within 24 hours in the past and we nearly lost one of the lads on the way back in a storm, on this very moor. Today life is slower and you can enjoy the hills, knees and age have taken a toll on the body, but it is still wonderful. The heather is out and lots of spotted orchids abound to make the views incredible. As you drop down to the bothy at Shenevall it is a wonderful sight with the Corbett Beinn Dearg Mor dominating the Glen and the wee bothy at the bottom of the hill. Here we met a group from an Edinburgh school who were doing there Duke of Edinburgh Award on a three-day expedition. We had a good “crack” with them and it reminded me of that is how I was with the Boys Brigade when I was young back in the sixties, big hill bags and the joy of adventure. We had an early night as it was a long day tomorrow after making a brew and getting the fire going, we were settled in for the night.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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