Evening circular walk to Meall a' Bhuachaille from Glenmore Lodge
|Looking out across the nature reserve to Abernethy Forest|
The basic idea was to put Isabelle to bed and head off on the 20 minute drive to Glenmore Lodge where we'd park up and head off on a circular walk taking in the summit of Meall a Bhuachaille (810m) - a walk of just under 6 miles, or with an extra half a mile or so to take in the 2nd summit of Creagan Gorm (732m).
Date - 21st June 2015
Distance - 5.78 miles
Time - 2hrs 26mins
Avg Speed - 2.37mph
Height Gain - 1853ft
Map used - Harvey's British Mountaineering map - Cairngorm and OS 1:25k maps on ViewRanger Android app
(for reference OS Explorer 403)
|Reindeer at the centre|
There is parking along the main road to Cairngorm (from Aviemore) outside the Reindeer Centre and we parked up here and walked up the decent path, past the centre and on towards and past Glenmore Lodge.
|The good path from Glenmore Lodge|
|Lush green bilberry bushes among the pine tree|
|Our first glimpse of Meall a'Bhuchaille|
|The last of the flat path before the hill|
|The beautiful lake of An Lochan Uaine|
|Left or right - Nethy Bridge or Braemar|
We took the the left hand fork, towards Nethy Bridge, and then upon reaching the Bothy at Ryvoan headed westwards and up, towards the summit of Meall a' Bhuachaille.
|Bothy at Ryovan|
|The path up to the Meall a'Bhuchaille summit|
|Urgh - steps!|
|One for my mum - a large piece of shist|
|Looking down towards Loch Morlich|
|The summit cairn / shelter of Meall a'Bhuachaille (810m)|
|Once again, thank god for the MSR stove|
|Loch Morlich from the summit of Meall a' Bhuchaille|
|Loch Morlich sitting under the clouds|
Once off the hillside and back under the forest canopy we followed the course of the river (now fairly swollen and fast flowing due to the rain) and the, again, well maintained path that led back to the reindeer centre and, ultimately, the road.
A nice walk all in all and made better by the long hours of daylight and that, aside from a few late dog walkers at the start of the walk and a couple leaving the bothy heading for Nethy Bridge, we didn't see anyone else on the walk.
It's worth pointing out that although we didn't stop in, there is a pub at the Glenmore lodge that serves hot and cold drinks and food and welcomes walkers with dogs, boots and all!
You can download the .gpx file and PDF info sheet (from ViewRanger) here;
ViewRanger route of the walk, recorded on my Nexus 5;