This weekend was a planned monthly meet with the Moray Mountaineering Club we had planned for Glen Affric and were staying in Strawberry Cottage Courtesy of the An Teallach Mountaineering Cub. It is situated in the lovely remote Glen Affric and yet only a two drive for me. The Inverness road was busy with the big music weekend planned nearby but I was soon heading along to Glen Affric and away I hoped from the crowds.
Unfortunately after arriving up the Affric road a single track with the odd crazy driver the new car park complete with toilets was a midgy fest. It has now new toilets and car park charge £2 but are a great advantage I feel! There is lots going on in the Glen with new hydros and building work – the Glen is changing from the old days when I first started out with the Mountain Rescue. It is still a stunning place with the hills and trees and so many great memories of big days.
- There’s nothing worse than billions of midgey’s and we did not hang about. We were staying at the An Teallach Mountaineering hut at the end of the Glen Affric Road and part of the deal is you have access for one car to help take in the kit! I played my War veteran card and got a lift with a few others up the Glen while the other 5 cycled in ! That was great as it saved me carrying a big bag and we took most of the gear from the others who enjoyed the short cycle in. It was a great privileged to be here and the views were great and the hills so green and the tops clear.
- Affric as I mentioned had many changes and a new house is being built at the end of the loch and the old cottage on the flats modernised by “Trees for life I think!”
- It was an interesting drive and we enjoyed passing our cycling mates who arrived a short time after us. The wagon was quickly unloaded at the river crossing and here were even more midges, there were swarms of them by the hut.. We were soon inside but so many midges had come in with us and the window sills were covered in them. The hut though is superb and even has a toilet but the running water was not working even after lots of attempts to get it pumping from the river. So it was water carries and more midges, we soon had a fire on and the hut is do comfortable there were only 10 of us and we had a good night, Joe arrived late after work in the dark and due to the weather forecast it was to be an early start for us all.
The weather was planned to change to high winds in the afternoon, it was an early night for some and as always a few stayed up into the wee small hours. There was lots of planning done cycling included a and the Affric Munros planned. I went to bed with my book and a plan for maybe a a couple of new tops before the weather breaks in the back of the Kintail hills with a different approach?