Off to Fort Augustus to Corbett Carn a Chuilinn (Cairn of the Holly) all being well. Nothing about Heather?

After feeling pretty awful yesterday and missing a great party in Inverness I am off to hopefully get another Corbett done. It was very heavy rain for part of the day today and my battered body was needing a break. The plan is to head for Fort Augustus and see how it goes. A worrying quote from Hamish Brown in his book climbing the Corbetts “this is high quality wilderness, this is not easy walking”  I will have to see? These hills just now are covered with sweet smelling Heather and last night I read this wonderful poem with its so descriptive words.

Glen Roy Corbett's

My Corbett just below Loch Ness .

‘Scotland small?’

Nothing but heather
Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small?
Only as a patch of hillside may be a cliché corner.
To a fool who cries ‘Nothing but heather!’ where in September another
Sitting there and resting and gazing around
Sees not only the heather but blaeberries
With bright green leaves and leaves already turned scarlet,
Hiding ripe blue berries; and amongst the sage-green leaves
Of the bog-myrtle the golden flowers of the tormentil shining;
And on the small bare places, where the little Blackface sheep
Found grazing, milkworts blue as summer skies;
And down in neglected peat-hags, not worked
Within living memory, sphagnum moss in pastel shades
Of yellow, green, and pink; sundew and butterwort.
Waiting with wide-open sticky leaves for their tiny winged prey;
And nodding harebells vying in their colour
With the blue butterflies that poise themselves delicately upon 
them;
And stunted rowans with harsh dry leaves of glorious colour.
‘Nothing but heather!’  ̶  How marvellously descriptive! And incomplete!
Hugh MacDiarmid

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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1 Response to Off to Fort Augustus to Corbett Carn a Chuilinn (Cairn of the Holly) all being well. Nothing about Heather?

  1. Donald Watt says:

    Have a good day, big changes in this area due to the big hydro scheme. Have not been up there since the changes let me know what its like.

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