Friday, 6 May 2011

Gairich (919m)

Sunday was the last full day in our cottage and we decided to finish off the week with a final Munro, this time heading to Gairich, a solitary Munro between Glen Kingie and Loch Quoich. I think this may have been the hottest day of the holidays so far. This looked like an ‘easy’ hike in the book, only 780m of ascent and 10 miles of walking. All relative after the long walks we’d been doing in the week!

The walk started by crossing a rather impressive dam, and then over some boggy ground. I think most of the time this section would be a nightmare to get across, but given the time of year and dry weather we’d been having, it was relatively straightforward. There was a path all the way to the top, and the ascent was gradual to begin with, with a last steep push to the top. It took us just under 3 hours to get to the summit and we met lots of walkers on their way down as we neared the top. We had our lunch on the summit enjoying yet more stunning views. The descent was much quicker and easier than other walks this week. We were back to the car by 6pm, which worked out perfectly for stopping at the Cluanie Inn for our dinner. The Cluanie burger with chips for Neil and the Venison burger with chips for me! Dinner never tasted so good!!!

By the end our week, Neil has reached 96 Munros, so hoping to reach the century later this month!

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