Coire an Lochan
The Cairngorm Mountains
Muriel Grays "The
First Fifty" she talks about children being dragged off
into the hills to follow their parents up Munros and hating
every minute of it. As I was not one of these children, I took
the initiative and struck first by taking my parents and little
brother for a stroll in the Cairngorms.
oldies had nothing to fear, as this was genuinely a walk,
rather than a bone-crunching hike. There is an excellent network
of paths running up through Coire an Lochan and Coire ant
Sneachda; these provide easy access up into the shadow of
aim of the youngest member of the party was met when we actually
reached the snowline at the head of the coire. Hanging high
in the coire is "The Great Slab", a huge slab of rock, clearly
visible from Loch Morlich. Had the steep snowfield not stopped
us we could have carried on to the top of Cairn Lochan (1215m,
GR986026), which sits high above the cliffs.
the day wasn't about getting to the top of anything but to simply
introduce the rest of my family to the mountains in an enjoyable
way. Even in June the weather was typically "fresh" and fleeces
and hats were essential, and half time coffee was very welcome.
We did come across one daring walker, who had taken to the hills
in high-heeled slip ons (Not recommended!).
minimum for a short walk such as this is a decent pair of trainers
and I also recommend that you bring some sort of a waterproof,
as sunshine is not guaranteed. You may think it over the top
since there are paths, but a map and compass are definitely
essentials for any trip into the hills.
an Lochan lies SSE of the car park. As far as a route goes....
it is simply a case of going as far up the coire as you wish
using the paths provided.
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