I managed to get out on the hills at last it seemed was a stolen 4 hours in a busy day. It was freezing as I drove across the Dava Moor yesterday morning it was stunning with the frost and the hills clear in the background, how long is this weather going to continue?. It was then a drive through fog as always as you near Grantown until the A9 and then it cleared with great views of Ben Alder from the road. Today it t was a quick hill for me the sky was clear and a sharp frost at the parking site, the car outside temperature on down -2 I was going to have a look at A’ Mharconaich .975 metres a shapely hill seen from the A9 ! I met two others in the car park at Balsporran Cottage ( what a name) and we crossed the railway line. I only saw one train in the 4 hours on the line what a wasted resource,why do they not run the train more often ?I bet it would be filled if they made it cheaper and added a viewing train?
After the railway crossing it was an easy walk along the estate track for about 15 minutes then I was bored and then I crossed the river and into open ground until I hit the path and the ridge! It was wet here surpassingly and hard going then I hit the path/ track boggy in places The views were amazing and soon the Ben Alder Range came into view but surprisingly was surpassed by the Aonach Beag hills with Geal Charn still holding snow!
The views of Loch Ericht and Culra bothy dominated and with the clarity of the air the cliffs and crags were outstanding as were the views, I stopped and enjoyed them evert so often different hills emerged as did my faulting memory. The ridge I was on has superb walking around the huge Corrie cirque with signs of the heavy snow last winter in the runnels and gullys with loads of rock and mud avalanches. it is a wild place and ever changing.
I wish I had more time it was a short stop at the summit but unfortunately had to get down for some lunch and then give a chat to the Mountain Bothies Association in the village Hall in Newtonmore! It was still great to be out and these hills I had done so many times opened my eyes to the beauty even though they are so close to the A9. The huge pylons dominate near the A9 but you soon leave the noise into another world how lucky are we!