Geal – charn Mor (large white mountain) a fine Corbett near Aviemore with great views.
A grand hill for a short day with great views of the Cairngorms.
I was at the RAF Kinloss re union at Newtonmore and wanted a short walk before the dinner that night. I was also speaking before the dinner so I still had a bit to finish on my chat, it had to be about 4 hours and time for a shower and then sort out the room. There was plenty of choice of hills at breakfast as many were going on the hill. In the end I went with Kenny and Elaine who were going up a Corbett near Aviemore, they offered me a lift so it was a great choice Geal – charn Mor. You have a short drive up the A9 (keeping to the speed limits) It is an easy place to miss the junction by Kenny got us there and we parked up at the track at Lynwig and the famous Burma road which makes this an easy accessible Corbett to climb.
I was told that the road was made by prisoners of war constructed the original route in the 1940’s, and having completed it, I can only have the up most respect for the road itself and those who made it. Has anyone got more on the road being built, I would appreciate any help? The weather was grand and the drive down the A9 was magic with the clouds and sun filtering through the clouds along the Spey Valley, the light on river, lochs and trees magical. The car was parked among so many pheasants they were everywhere and there was a shoot going that morning the road was packed with Four by Four vehicles. We had a wander up the track called the Burma Road I had done this wee hill before and just rushed up it but we had time to enjoy it today. It was so enjoyable the trees and the autumn colours of bracken a golden-yellow and brown. Kenny and Elaine were spotting all the birds, changed days for the mad rush in the past to a summit. We had a grand chat as the track took us effortlessly to the beleach and the views opened. Huge tracks of brown heather and the 360 degree views make this a wonderful viewpoint. There is cairn to the head keeper it was hard to read as it was weathered but I think it said to “Alaister Polton Headkeeper. MM Kinrara” if anyone can tell me that would be great It had a lovely inscription “a better friend no man have! He must have been a brave man with an MM military medal any information on this would be very interesting? I may carry a wire brush small one to clean these monuments up.
We stopped for a brew and some photos out of the wind. I wonder what he would have made of the wind farms in the distance. It was a keen wind and gloves and hat and jacket were on and a short pull now on a path to the summit about 20 minutes away. At 824 meters it was bitter but we got a bit more shelter by the trig point and great views again. The light at this time is incredible and though the sky was very grey the light pulsating down made the hills and glens look surreal. Lots of familiar peaks were in view and the big lochs and trees stood out in the ever-changing light. Kenny and Elaine continued spotting more birds ravens and a young buzzard ( the “Englishmans Eagle” according to Kenny from England) We also saw a few hares moving fast and still brown in colour and also a few hinds keeping out-of-the-way as the sound of gunfire was heard in the glens, maybe they knew?
We took a different way off down the ridge across heather and reindeer moss filled slopes with great views of Loch Alva and Loch Insch and the trees. There is no path as such but the ground was pretty wet in places and steep at times and I was taking it easy and enjoying the views and company. As we descended to Creag Gheannain at 599 metres another magic viewpoint, we sat again and drunk it all in. The hills were still covered in deer moss and Club Moss a great soft carpet to walk on. We had great view into the Glen and the Burma Road and the few lone Scots Pines that were still upstanding and Kenny gave one a hug? How they handle the weather I find hard to see that when you see a knarly Scottish Pine out in its own it is so Scottish in character?
It was then back down into the Glen and back to the car. A short walk about 4 hours and an easy wander, I was still a bit sore with the hernia but great to be out. We head to Loch Inch to the Water sports Centre for some well-deserved soup and a brew. It was quite and we had a window seat in the café in it last day opening a lovely end to the day. It was then back to Newtonmore via the back roads a shower and a prep of the chat for the dinner.
What a fun day on a grand wee hill with wonderful views of familiar hills and glens from a different viewpoint. These Corbett’s are great fun, thanks to Kenny and Elaine for a magic day. This may be the last hill for a few months as I now have my date for my operations on Friday in Aberdeen will miss the hills but like a car the old body needs a service now and then after a hard few years and to get fit again!
These hills in the Autumn light are so worth the effort every day is special do not waste them.