Yesterday after my fun golf match I decided to drive to Glen Affric with Robyn I have rarely seen Affric looking so great and within an hour and a half we were driving up the tight road past some of Scotland.s most incredible scenery. The trees at this time of the year are so incredible just now the colours, the light and the snow capped mountains add to that sunshine and all the birds it is a special place to be. The car parks at Affric even has incredible toilets that were so clean and well looked after and I had a great chat with the lovely lassie who looks after them. What a what a view she has and a great asset to this special area. Are these the best looked after toilets in Scotland! The car park is £2 but that goes to the maintenance of the facilitates and is money well spent.
Well done the Forestry Commission for keeping this area so well . We had a picnic in the sun with all the birds flying around and incredible great views of the Affric Giants the unassuming non- Munro Sgurr Na Lapaich is an incredible over looked mountain and one of my favourites. I still am not up for the high tops and looked longingly at these great peaks with huge amounts of snow in the Corries.
How I love this place. Now for the big event.
2015 DAY 13 ( 13th MAY )
THE STARAV 5
Parked up last night beside Blackrock Cottage on the Glen Coe ski access road with a full view of the Buachaille Etive Mor (Well not last night it was just clag) but this morning it was superb with the early sun on its many ridges. Had breakfast and headed down the Glen Etive road ,at Dalness a cuckoo flew past in front of me and i saw it land so I pulled up and got the binos out and watched its comings and goings for 5 mins, onwards down the Glen and parked beside the access road to Coileitir. Got the boots on and away at 8.40 ,all the mountains were clear today and you see the huge snowfields of the NE corries of Ben Starav which was the first objective of the day onwards past the cottage across the bridge and shortly after onto the steep NNE ridge with a steady pull for about 2 miles, spotted a pair of ptarmigan high up and almost strait away a loud screeching and spotted a ring ouzel perched on the final crags just below the summit. Took in the superb clear views and headed E down and over the shattered narrow ridge to the coll , then a bit of a detour a out and back to Beinn nan Aighenan then over a small top and onto Glas Bheinn Mhor for a well deserved break to eat and drink.Onwards and down the snow crested NE ridge and steeply up onto Stob Coir an Albannaich , this next descend was almost the best highlight of the day a perfect angled snow capped ridge and basically a 250 m standing glissade to the coll below Meall Tarsuinn , up and over it and then the real highlight of the day while descending , they always say ptarmigan sit tight and don’t move well this female waited till I almost stood on her before taking off brushing against my leg while doing so to reveal a well disguised nest with 7 eggs.
Up onto Meall nan Eun and a long gradual descent to Glenceitlein over the bridge and back to the van. Scotland at its best again today what a difference a day makes .
Job done in beautiful scenery with plenty wildlife.
33 Munros to date
What a great day you lucky pair!