After spending our first full day in Scotland on a fairly relaxed birthday trip to Castle Urquhart & strolling to Foyers Falls, we set off on day two with the aim of our first Munros, leaving Grace and Isabelle at the house with the excuse of urgent revision.
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Evie (11), Poppy (8)
9:56, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (51)
12:47, 8.4km 2h51 939m, Sron a' Choire Ghairbh (937, Munro)
14:20, 11.6km 4h24 1236m, Meall na Teanga (917, Munro)
17:17, 20.4km 7h21 1345m, End (52)
We drove to the top of Loch Lochy, parking in a small area at Kilfinnan before crossing the bridge on foot.
The first section was along forest tracks alongside the loch, before turning right and beginning to climb up. Evie brought her latin book and spent much of the walk (and the entire trip) teaching all about the adventures of Caecillius.
Climbing out of the trees we got the first view looking back to Loch Lochy.
Still plenty of walking left as we headed up the valley. First target was on the right hand side.
Most of the climbing now complete, Caroline looks towards Loch Ness in the distance. Our house was on the far side.
Top of Sron a' Choire Ghairbh, I think looking south east. First Munro completed!
Just the small matter of going back down one side and up the other... dropping around 300m of our hard won gain.
Stunning views from the top of Meall na Teanga, looking down to Loch Lochy.
Evie finally joining us along the ridge.
Swapping positions with Evie, now looking to the south west with Ben Nevis in the centre.
Finally returning down the valley, no chance of a circular walk here.
And our intrepid explorers return back to the car.