Date: Sat/Sun 24th-25th April 2010
Distance: 26.4km + 18.6km
Ascent:1200m + 500m
We’d had all the camping gear active in April with camping in Fisherfield and Ardnamurchan. Keen to keep going before the midge woke up we were casting around for plans. Forecast was so-so but seemed to favour the SE.
We’d had a notion to do a point-to-point from Aviemore to Blair Atholl for a while so we packed up to go.
Spotted an osprey again from the A9 just S of Pitlochry, then parked up at Blair Atholl for the 0852 train. Oystercatchers were squabbling noisily in the fields all around.
Train was on schedule – a pleasant ride, easier than driving for me. Spotted a few Black Grouse males just S of Drumochter on the way.
No taxis in the rank at Aviemore so phoned for one (Weir’s) who promptly arrived to take us to the Glen Feshie road end at Achlean.
A bit odd to be 45km from the car – quite a thought.
Still drizzling as we walked down Glen Feshie – had to stick to the rougher track on the east bank as the bridge at Carnachuin has been washed away.
Swallows were working the fields just opposite Glen Feshie Lodge. A very welcome sight.
Passed the bothy – 2 blokes and an undefined number of barking dogs.
Although we’d read before that the track up here might require a few river fording episodes it was pretty good other than one eroding area that might get tricky in real spate conditions.
As you turn the corner near Creag Bheag you then start to head east towards Geldie Lodge on the high flat uplands.
Crossing the stream here was reasonable – tricky in high spate.
A few km E and the Allt Eindart crossing needed boots off to stay dry.
From here we followed the track around the E of the River Feshie (odd to think the water there runs into the Spey and 50m E the water is heading for the Dee).
This track is a bit patchy on the corner but firms up for the ascent of Carn Ealar.
Didn’t linger long – wanted to get over to Beinn Bhreac. Skirted round Carn Meall Tionail and Cnap a Coire Chreagaich to ascend Beinn Bhreac over its 845m top.
Cooked tea and retired – quite tired by the day. Good night’s sleep.
A dry night and no hassles striking the camp.
The river had dropped about 1ft overnight making crossing much easier.
About 100m short of the summit it started to bucket down so no pics from here.
Took the standard route down south off Beinn Dearg. However where the descent hits the Allt Sheicheachan there is now a track heading around Beinn a Chait all the way to the stable building SW of Elrig (NN 849 750 to NN 867 718). I think this is easier than the trade route down to the bothy then back to Blair Atholl.
Anyway – a nice walk back to the car from here. Glen Tilt is springing to life.
Feet beginning to feel a bit pounded on return to the car.
Photographically a bit of a poor quality weekend but we enjoyed the transit walk a lot.
Upper Glen Feshie in particular will be revisited – a great potential camp-site.