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The Cairnwell Munros

Date 02.11.2018

Distance 13.3 km

Attendees Me and Gracie

Time 3hrs 45mins

Having just arrived home from work two days previous to this trip I was keen to get back into the hills. Having just introduced Gracie to the hills on my last leave I was looking for something that wouldn’t be too big a day for her. So the Cairnwell Munros fitted the bill perfectly. I left Hamilton about 9.00 and headed up to Glenshee , we arrived at the Ski centre around 11.30 . Got the boots on and and off we went.

We headed north westerly up the snow covered track and passed the top Cafe in route to Carn Aosda . This was easy going even in the snow we arrived after 30 minutes.

Gracie on her 2nd Munro, first in winter conditions.

Carn Aosda

It really was a stunning day , perfect conditions.

The view north to the Cairngorms

And the view to the south and the next Munro

We didn’t hang around too long so we dropped down the west side and made our way along the track taking us to the Cairnwell . At this point I was in two minds to head over to the furthest away Munro Carn a’Gheoidh but we ended up doing the Cairnwell first. After an hour of walking we reached the Cairnwell top .

Two Munros climbed in just over an hour felt quite strange to be honest. The wind was starting to pick by now . We sheltered behind on the huts at the top and had something to eat , I had a cheese roll and Gracie had her Wainwright’s mix lol .

Gracie on the cairn

So after lunch we retraced our steps back down to make our way to the 3rd Munro. We followed the track to Carn a’ Aosda bypassing the 920 top Carn nan Sac.

The blue sky had disappeared and became more monochrome, it looked nice though.

Passing the small Lochan’s and noticed these were frozen but earlier passing Loch Vrotachan this was ice free. Anyway onwards we go, it was a nice gradual ascent for a while then a last pull up to the summit cairn of Carn a’ Gheoidh. Nice views all around but without doubt these hills are better done in winter.

Spent maybe 10 minutes on the summit and Gracie came across a large patch of blood stained snow which was probably all that was left of an eagles lunch of mountain hare .

Well another enjoyable day with my new walking partner Gracie