A'Bhuidheanach Bheag & Carn na Caim
a torrid time in Torridon (I know... cheesey, but true none
the less), we set off with high hopes that we might be spared
another downpour. To be fair, it didn't actually rain heavily
all the time, but suffice to say that there was a fair dod of
moisture and a little more than a violently stiff breeze for
the duration of our 6 hours in the hills. Staying with the same
positive frame of mind, we enjoyed an invigorating and refreshing
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we were armed with full wet weather kit, so the experience only
started to get uncomfortably soggy towards the end of the day.
Our wet weather map management was also greatly enhanced having
totally ruined a map the day before... at least we were learning
something. The only consolation is that I have enjoyed the same
conditions each time I've visited Drumochter... So, there are
still 7 munros in the area that I can revisit to drink in new
views at the top of each summit.
hills should provide a reasonably easy days hillwalking with
clear paths and gentle grassy slopes. As for wildlife there
were flocks of grouse, numerous hares and a smattering of gortex
clad diehards. These hills also offer a pleasant alternative
to shopping at Bruar when returning southwards... or northwards,
obviously depending on where you came from to start with...
in the layby off the A9 and head southwestwards
along the twisting quarry road up the
hill. (This road would be well suited
to a mountain bike.)
the end of the path the most straight forward route (particularly
in misty weather) is to follow the fence posts southwards.
After just under 3km you will reach the summit of A'Bhuidheanach
(GR662776, 936m). In fine weather it's perfectly reasonable
to take to the open hillsides and take a beeline directly
to the summit.
the summit of the first munro, retrace your footsteps and
follow the fence northwards over the undulating peat hags
until it turns back on itself sharply near the summit of Carn
na Caim. From this point head NNW for ~400m to get to the
summit of Carn na Caim (GR677822, 941m). Note:
The OS map is incorrect in showing the fence leading all the
way to the summit.
the summit follow the fence SW back to the head of the path
at GR662802 and then follow the path back to the car. Alternatively
for the return leg, simply head west down the heather slopes.
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