Another visit to the Linn o’ Dee car park to cycle up past White Bridge to reach Chest of Dee. I left the bike there and carried on up the glen for about a mile before branching off to the right to climb Sgor Mor. The sun emerged and the cloud cleared most of the hills as I reached the summit. There was no path out of the glen but it was easy enough going. It was very windy on the summit, but great views again of several of the bigger Cairngorm hills. It got very warm as I cycled back down the glen. Birds included red grouse, meadow pipit, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, bullfinch and redwings.
Sat 3rd October
A great sleep in Corrour Bothy – and after a good breakfast, headed south to Allt Garbh, and found track up towards Beinn Bhrotain.
Followed the Allt Garbh to Coire an t-Sneachtda, three quarters of the way up to Beinn Bhrotain, and then into some cloud, so only about 100m visibility on the top. Super walk up, some of it on the granite slabs in the burn. Also a great descent, easy running back down to collect the bags, some lunch and a wee rest in the sunshine….
Then up through the heather to Sgor Mor, in the sunshine. Interesting granite slabs on top. Could have routed across the tops back direct to Linn of Dee – but my bike was at Derry Lodge….
Descent down Allt a Choire Dhuibh to Gleann Laoigh Beag – slow going with the baggage. Very glad to reach the track and then Derry Lodge.
Sgor Mor deservedly has the reputation of having one of the finest views north into the Cairngorms (Devil’s Point in background of our photo). But its not a very exciting hill nor easy to get to.
We last climbed it as our final point on the 2008 Challenge by biking in to White Bridge and more or less going straight up from there through deep heather.
This time we decided to forget the bikes and walk in all the way from Linn of Dee via the ridge leading east west to the cp.
Leaving Linn of Dee we climbed to Carn an ‘lc Duibhe. There is a faint track to follow until you reach the new electric fence after which you can follow the edge of the fence. This changes from electric to standard deer fence and goes a long way over towards Sgor Dubh, but just ends in the middle of nowhere at a solitary strainer-post. Steve McQueen would have been laughing.
Carry on over the tops through cropped heather to the cp.
Came back the same way though cut the corner of the fenceline quite a bit.
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Cycled, again, to cp11 and then struggled to run up Sgor Mor. A nice, if overshadowed by the neighbouring Munroes, hill. Still a lot of snow on the higher hills and cloud level at 900m so opted for prompt return for tea. Keep finding excuses not to visit Beinn Bhrotain
Beautiful day on a small hill surrounded by big hills. Walked along the track from Linn of Dee to the White Bridge, then up to Chest of Dee. About 2km after this turned up the hill to Sgor Mor. Fantastic views of the Lairig Ghru and the Cairngorms. On the way back it’s best to stay high as long as possible, because the lower ground is very boggy. In the woods near the bottom of the hill there is an electric fence. If you follow our route exactly you will come to a gate (found entirely by accident). If you take any other route, you’ll probably get an electric shock. 16.3km with 490m of climbing. Took us 3hours 20.
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