Impromptu scramble on Creag nan Abhag, nr Newtonmore
|Looking down from Creag nan Abhag towards the township at Glenballoch|
We only really had a "there and back" walk in mind, planning on turning back before the track started to gain height, but on reaching the township I commented that the craggy sides of Creag nan Abhag looked inviting and that I'd like to walk over up to the summit at some point.... which lead to Donna and I setting off with Monty towards the craggy South face of Creag nan Abhag while my parents took the return path back to the car with Isabelle sleeping in the buggy (it's a hard life!).
Date - 20th June 2015
Distance - 3 miles
Time - 1hr 32mins
Height Gain - 214m
OS map used - OS Explorer 402 (this has now been replaced by OL56) and OS 1:25k maps on ViewRanger Android app
|Donna on the initial ascent of Creag nan Abhag|
|Looking up the craggy south slope of Creag nan Abhag|
|The final rocky section, slightly steeper than it looked from below!|
The scrambling wasn't overly complex but there were points on the top section were we had to grab handfuls of wiry heather for handholds as the ground was lose and there were no secure rocks to trust.
Once up onto the top of Creag nan Abhag (589m) the ground evened out and flattened and the views, thanks to the sudden clearing of earlier cloud and mist, were lovely.
|Looking NW from the summit towards Creag Liath|
|Rocky gully on the North slopes of Creag nan Abhag|
|Looking South from the summit towards Creag Dubh|
The going was fairly easy but the ground became wetter towards the forest and fence line but on reaching the stones that marked out some of the old fort and the river the ground dried out and a path was evident that we followed until reaching the fence line and gate just next to the small bridge near the car park.
|Remains of the old fort in the valley between Creag nan Abhag and Creag Loin|
Conveniently we met up with my parents and Isabelle (who'd woken up finally) on the bridge and let Monty have a quick dip - you can't really keep a spaniel out of the water can you!
|Monty having a well earned swim after his scrambling|
You can download the .gpx file recorded on my Forerunner 920XT here;
Garmin Connect route map of the walk, recorded on my Garmin Forerunner 920XT