Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sunday 2 October 2016 - Geal-Charn and A' Mharconaich

Fog over Pitlochry. But it soon cleared. After bidding our farewells to numerous TGO Challengers, and thanking them for taking a fair quantity of incorrectly printed Pyrenees books off my hands, Sue and I pottered off to Balsporran Cottages, near Dalwhinnie, to climb two easy hills that Sue may not have been up before.

It was a perfect day for walking. Clear blue skies, crystal clear visibility, warm sunshine with a cool breeze to blow away any sweat. Ptarmigan and red grouse had grouped themselves into flocks. No deer were in evidence. The last flowers of the heather had a frosty sheen to them as we climbed, passing a couple on the first summit, and meeting an early morning runner - the only people encountered on our three and three quarter hour excursion that clocked up 12 kilometres and about 750 metres of ascent.

There were fine views across Loch Ericht to the Ben Alder range, and further afield to summits too numerous to mention.

We would have liked to have extended the walk (and the trip), but we had no food with us and Sue has to be at work tomorrow, so it was back to the car and down to the House of Bruar for a bite to eat, before an easy drive back to Timperley for around 8pm.

Today's pictures should be fairly self explanatory, but an annotated slideshow should follow if I can work out how to compose one - Google seem to have made some changes and my time honoured method of producing a slideshow no longer works. Ho hum (and thanks to Mike Parsons for his suggestions).

I'll also do some track maps.


wuxing said...


Sir Hugh said...

At the House of Bruar you are near enough to The Old Mill Tea Rooms in Blair Atholl which is a favourite port of call for me - they bake their own bread and provide super food and sell various food items you will be tempted to take home with you.

Facing the big hotel in Blair go down the lefthand side and cross the railway line and it is just in front of you, and there is a large carpark round the side and back.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Conrad, and Nick. We just grabbed a quick sandwich, Conrad - we still had half a flask of tea... I'll bear your suggestion in mind for the future though - I usually use one of the cafes in Pitlochry.