Amulree Grahams. July 2010

Date: Sunday 18th July 2010
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 600m

After a long walk to the Gaick on Saturday thought we’d grab a shorter one on the Sunday. The Sma’ Glen area is one we’ve neglected so went for a shufti.

Parking seems a bit limited in the whole area – we parked up at a decent sized area at the phone box in Amulree. It’s about 800m along the road to the farm track to Girron.

The track runs past the house here and then up the hill. The resident had to call his 2 dogs back as we passed otherwise the 2 enthusiasts would have been up the hill with us.

Lovely open moorland – curlews calling here and there. As we ascended the track we were overflown by a red kite – the Perthshire population seems to be expanding. 8)

Lovely flowers – eyebright:

The ascent of Meall nan Caorach is simple – leave the track as it reaches it’s high point and walk up easy slopes.

Loch Freuchie from Meall nan Caorach:

A heavy squall came in across Auchnafree Hill and gave us a drenching.
Meall Remhar from Meall nan Caorach:

Quite windy and cloudy on the summit of this one – descended straight for the bealach with Meall Reamhar.

The sun came out and we sat and had lunch just above the bealach. 3 kestrels were flying around and making a lot of noise. I suspect they were fledglings. One hovered directly over us having a gander – great sight. 😀

At the floor of the bealach in amongst the grass the grasshoppers were audible above the wind.

Ascent straight up Meall Reamhar disturbing a deer herd on the way.

From the summit there were great open views to Angus and Fife:

Rather than walk the ridge down to the farm we descended for the shelter of the glen. Schiehallion and the Carn Mairg group had cleared:

Picked up the track and ambled back to the car. Mainly sunny from this point with a cooling breeze – brilliant.

More interesting beasties – moth on thistle:

Emperor Moth caterpillar:

Liked these 2 – the wildlife was excellent and they are a fine viewpoint for some of the SE Highlands and the flatter land E.

Quite likely to return in the winter. 😀

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