Kintail at its best 24 degrees and a grand hill Sgurr Mhic Bharraich

What a great day we had leaving from Aviemore with Ned and Glenda we were bound for Kintail on the West Coast and a superb Corbett Sgurr Mhic Bharraich 781 metres. This is a grand we hill at the end of the South Cluanie with great views of the Saddle all day. The start is from the campsite at Kintail which was very quite when we arrived after a lovely drive. The hills were sparkling in the heat and a lot or most of the snow is gone from these mountains, A great path takes you to the loch Coire nan Crogachan past about 20 horses in the glen used by the estate for stalking. It was very warm but the path made it a great ascent up the hill, my legs in the shorts for the first time this summer. This was Glenda’ s first hill for a while and was enjoying it, what views of unusual views of these great peaks.

Ned and Garron

After lunch it was off the path and up the steep ground, for a wee hill it was hard going but the views and the ptarmigan and their chicks broke the journey up a bit, watching them scurry away for cover, enjoying the sun at last. We had a couple of stops on the final ridge and more great views opened up. It was still pretty hot and we had to drink a lot to replace the dehydration that we felt.

A wee break on the way up.

It was a grand summit and we soon were off and came across a herd of deer with very young calves on the steep ground, one was not long born and was Bambi like on it legs. On the way down we saw a pair of Eagles towering above some other hills nearby what a day. We soon descended and after some soup at the Cluanie Inn it was back to Aviemore a bit sun burnt and tired but what a day.  Is this the beginning of summer?

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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