Carn Eilrig – a graham top of Braeriach. September 2008

Date: Sunday 21st September 2008
Distance: 20.1km
Ascent: 690m

It was a lovely morning on Speyside the birds were out. A few House Martins still around (or maybe Icelanders transitting through).

Have to say Speyside is kind of walking home for me. Before I took up hill-walking the Caledonian Pine forest would have been my ideal environment, so the whole area remains a delight.

We’ve walked past Carn Eilrig many times – it’s the Conical hill lying between Gleann Einich and the Lairig Ghru. We’ve often said that we should wander up there.

Parked in the large parking area opposite the Coylumbridge Hotel area. The Lairig Ghru path runs from here. Nice track view of Carn Eilrig after 1km

Love this area – the Caley Pine forest is full of life – huge wood ant nests, birds, squirrels, deer, capercaillie. Got treated to a small bird flock moving through with Coal, Blue, Crested, Long-tailed Tits, wren, Goldcrests.
A few Red Deer:

Very easy progress up the track into Gleann Einich. The track would be easy for cycles.

Been out here for a few winter wanders before hills became an issue – it’s a great area.

Nice view of the moon and the foliage

View back along track

Sgoran Dubh Mor from Gleann Einich track

The track leaves the forest and about 1km reaches a new bridge:

From here headed straight up following the Allt a Phris-ghiubhais to the col. The terrain is minor bog but no problems. The view of Gleann Einich is interesting – the glen is a flat bed with the river (and track) eroded about 30m down – don’t know why – maybe glacial lake bed?

Easy thin vegetation to the summit – cowberry

The summit gives a great view of the Speyside Bowl

Also to An-Leth Choin (Lurchers Crag)

We had thought to head over to the foot of Sron na Lairig and back down the Braeriach track, but in the end opted to return by the route of approach.

View from return

Black Darter dragonflies near Lochan Deo

Juvenille robin

View back to Lairig Ghru

Juniper berries

Moths on Devil’s Bit Scabious

All in all a great walk – another bit of exploration and a good use of the day.

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