Heading to Kintail overnight on the hottest day of the year .

Aonach Buidhe is a remote Corbett with some very little visited corries on its northern flanks. It is normally approached up pleasant Glen Elchaig, I spent the night in the “Wee Bunk House” at Kintail as I was in Inverness playing golf the day before I had a warning how warm it was, I was drinking all  day and well covered up.

The drive up after tea was superb and the roads quite for this time of year. The car parks near the Munros were full though with many enjoying a great but hot day. I love Kintail and on a day like this it is specail. The “Wee Bothy”holds 6 and is just next to the Kintail Lodge Hotel and I booked in there were 3 others there all had enjoyed a great day out on the Munros in the heat. I was on a top bunk but slept a rough night on the floor as there was a party in the Hotel and folk out till 0300 outside. It was still great to be here and I enjoyed a wander around no midges and just a baking sun till late it would be more of the same tomorrow. I had one shandy and lots of water to re hydrate and the pub music was special Runrig a lovely evening.

Incredible sunset at Kintail worth all the effort.

I love this area it was my first weekend in 1972 in winter with the team we stayed in the village hall which was across the road from the Kintail Lodge now demolished sadly a few great nights here. The hills are classic and I have so many great days on the classic North and South Clunnies even both in a day not nowadays but still so many hills to explore in this vast wild area away from the classic Munros.

I spoke to one of those in the Bothy she was off at 0400 to climb the 9 Munros of the South Clunnie on her own to miss the heat of the day. The other two were heading for the North Clunnie but leaving later. I was meeting Derek and Babs to climb Aonach Bhuidhe at 0930 tomorrow a big day with a 13 k cycle in for a remote Corbett, they were leaving early from Forres for a big day. Derek is 75 !

I fell asleep reading my book about Joe Cox the Murdered MP “More in Common” a sad tale of a real tragedy, Jo loved the wild places and the mountains and went bothying with her husband what a loss.

I needed to sleep but as I said it was a noisy night apart from our lassie who left at 0400 for the South Clunnie she was so quiet and soon gone.

Teallach on the South Clunnie one of his 12 traverses of the 8 Munros

I was up at 0600 the weather was stunning as was the heat, it would be a big day today and re-hydration would be vital. I would have left earlier but Babs and Derek were meeting me at 0930 so I had a lazy breakfast and then packed up for a busy day.

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