Five members and two guests attended this
car meet to Glenshee for the hills to the east of the A93.
It was blowy (and slightly misty) when we
set out from Seann Spittal just a little after 8.30am but the low cloud lifted and the day improved as it went on to the
extent that there was blue sky on our return to the two cars
parked this side of the Cairnwell Pass.
Seann Spittal Bridge
Tea break by old Ski Development
Malcolm and Garry on Cairn an Tuirc
Rookie Day Meet organiser Malcolm was
“skipper in charge” of today’s route which saw us ascend Cairn
an Tuirc via the ruins of an early ski development (you’ll find
no shelter here). There were deer roaring far off in the Garbh
Corrie, dozens of hare about and a large flock of Ptarmagin were
encountered shortly before the rocky summit of Cairn an Tuirc
(The hill of the Boar) was reached.
Cairn an Tuirc (Glas Maol beyond)
On the Monega
Our day proceeded (along the route of the
ancient Monega Pass at times) to Cairn a Claise (The Hill of the
Hollow).Views of the higher Cairngorms were limited due to cloud
around the 3000 foot mark. Most detoured for a 'keek' into Coire
Kander, a remote and lonely Corrie holding a high loch and
beyond this we could just make out Jock’s Road.
Cairn an Tuirc
Cairn a Claise is also a rather rocky top
and has a substantial dyke running along it’s length. Lunch was
had a little further on in a hollow looking out over Caenlochan
On the ascent of Glas Maol (and on descent)
we encountered many scientific looking “experiments”. Closhes or
stones appeared to be protecting plant life. As I am not a
Biologist or Botanist I can’t say exactly what was going on.
Some research may follow.
Biological Goings-on !
Plant Protection on Glas Maol
On Glas Maol (The Grey-Green Hill) we met a
group from Poland who had ascended from Glen Isla. With the
weather improving now, Garry formed a party (of aspirant
Munroists ?) and headed out for Creag Leacach (The Slabby Rock).
As I had the dog and was concered about the pads on his feet I
descended to Seann Spittal on Malcolm’s route which was by Sron
na Gaoithe, a route I much recommend.
On 'The Mounth' heading for Seann Spittal
Cairn a Claise from the South
Looking to Sron na Gaoith (from the Monega
Cairn an Tuirc from The Monega Pass near
After coffee at the Café we collected the
'Creag Leacach crew' and headed back east hoping for further
refreshments at the Inver Inn. Alas the Inn is no more and is to
be turned into self catering apartments. We stopped at the Boat
Inn in Aboyne and were home by early evening. Thanks go to Ken and
Malcolm, today's drivers, who made this meet happen.