MUNRO ADVENTURE – A tale of One man and his dog attempting the the Munros is 100 days!
2015 DAY 22 ( 22nd MAY )
A WEDDING CALLS
Carn Gorm – *Blue Peak* 1029m, Munro 102) Meall Garbh ” rough hill” – (968m, Munro 186) – Meall nan Aighean “Hill of the heifers or hinds” (981m, Munro 168) Carn Mairg – “Peak of rust” (1041m, Munro 91)
After yesterday’s hills I remained parked at the NTS Lawers car park for the night , it was flat and level a view of Loch Tay and perfect internet connection why move . So up at 5.45 today and on my way to Glen Lyon the most beautiful Glen in Scotland I reckon at 6.30 . Back down to Bridge of Balgie and a right turn, the road winds it’s way down the glen following the river through a avenue of fresh green leafed trees and fertile fields either side.
Arrived at Invervar with its delightful red phone and post boxes and parked close by . There was loads of men at work signs and it soon became clear another mini hydro scheme was on the go, strait away there was walkers diversion signs to avoid the works in hand but at 7.20 no one was about . Followed the Invervar burn for a while till signage saying route to Carn Gorm this way soon lead to the open hillside , not long after I came across on the path 5 empty pale green egg shells not much smaller than a hens egg what kind of bird ???. Soon up into the clag at 700m and damp breezy summit , followed the well-defined path bypassing An Sgor (been there before ) and then the metal fence line to Meall Garbh which was the first summit of the trip not to have been on snow at any time to reach. Things were looking brighter now and after 2 miles of fence following the clear top of Carn Mairg arrived , on the descent through the rocks a plover took off and perched nearby the first wildlife or the day spotted . Up onto Meall na Aighean and another clear view , back over the 981 top and down the SW ridge to join the inward route , just as I came out of the woods I spotted a pair of partridges ( no they weren’t in a pear tree ) while heading back to the van . Job done early finish today.
Today’s totals 11.99mls 1495m ascent 4hrs 34min
59 Munros to date.
These four Munros lie in the heart of Tayside, sandwiched between Glen Lyon and Rannoch. Though not as high as their neighbours in the Lawers group, or as visually attractive as Schiehallion immediately to the north, they have a character of their own with some interesting features. Access problems have been relevant in this area over the years and only by continual work by many is access a right we all enjoy and should never abuse.The area has been the focus of access issues in the recent past, with the most recent being the problems potentially caused by the proposed plans for a hydro scheme. I was involved in this for many years as we had to clear land for use every weekend when with the RAF Mountain Rescue, Glen Lyon was a tricky area. We were always very careful and understanding of the Estates especially during the stalking season, when we kept well away if shooting was planned. It usually worked well but at times we were an easy target and got caught up in a few discussions with some of the landowners. My attitude never changed and I taught the teams as I was taught to respect each other rights to use the land. At times the powers that be attempted a one way discussion but more often than not we achieved a compromise. This land is not owned by anyone in my view but held as part of the nations legacy for all to use responsibility. A hot topic just now!
I have just listened to a great program on radio Scotland this morning on Land Reform we live in very interesting days. All who use the mountains and wild places should be aware of this?
Know the Code – worth a read!
Access and YOU in the Scottish Countryside
With the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 we now have statutory access rights and all parties have clear responsibilities set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
One of the many challenges we face in implementing the new system is persuading those with experience in their field, be they walkers, climbers, farmers, gamekeepers or whatever, to pick up the Code and read it. In my mind, everyone needs to do that, because I think that everyone can learn from it.
The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) awareness raising campaign to promote the Code via TV and newspaper has been successful in spreading the basic idea of the new system to a wide audience. You should “Know the Code before you go. Every Scottish resident or visitor should be reading the Code and taking it seriously, but we should also be getting outside, to put that learning into practice.
Who owns Scotland? How did they get it? What happened to all the common land in Scotland? Has the Scottish Parliament made any difference? Can we get our common good land back? In The Poor Had No Lawyers, Andy Wightman, author of Who Owns Scotland, updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into Scotland’s history to find out how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common. He tells the untold story of how Scotland’s legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes. From Robert the Bruce to Willie Ross and from James V to Donald Dewar, land has conferred political and economic power. Have attempts to redistribute this power more equitably made any difference and what are the full implications of the recent debt-fuelled housing bubble? For all those with an interest in urban and rural land in Scotland, this updated edition of The Poor Had No Lawyers provides a fascinating analysis of one the most important political questions in Scotland – who owns Scotland and how did they get it?