Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Saturday 26 June 2021 - Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount and Tom Buidhe

We started by parking beside the A93 road north of the Cairnwell pass, and saying hello to Anne and Ulrich as they pedalled past on a 60 mile journey south.

A quaint bridge marked the start of our walk.

Numerous folk were encountered as we strode up to our first Munro summit for some considerable time.

It was a bit misty, but great to be up high.

Cloudberry loves such conditions.

Three more Munro summits followed, in gradually improving weather, and with numerous friendly encounters.

After an excellent circuit, described below, our final summit of Sron na Gaoithe offered a splendid view towards Braemar, and to the central Cairngorm summits beyond.

Here's our route - 21km with 900 metres ascent, taking us nearly 7 hours.

The route we followed is described in the SMC Munros guide.

On return to Braemar we enjoyed the company of a select band of TGO Challengers outside the chip shop, and later in the Invercauld Hotel bar - which was open despite the hotel being closed.

Alan Sloman turned up, looking freshly laundered and fresh as a daisy, so we enjoyed a beer with him and his 'minder' Lindsay, who is standing in for Uncle Phil this year.

There are far fewer Challengers than usual here in Braemar, but given the Covid crisis and the obvious nervousness of the locals, the numbers are probably about right.


Sir Hugh said...

Good to hear that Alan S was there in good form.

On Tom Buidhe with my pal Pete I took s compass bearing from the summit in thick cloud. I supposedly selected a point to walk to and put the compass back in my pocket. Ten minutes later we were back on the summit.

wuxing said...

Lovely to see Scotland again. Just checked my notes and found I was up there in Nov 1992, in similar weather, and again the following Spring with sun. Doesn’t look like it’s changed much :-)