Wed 18th Nov
A blustery day – Cycled in from Linn of Dee to the path up to Clais Fhearnaig. Nice shelter in the little glen.
Back down to Inverey car park and ran out the track up the west side of Tom Anthon. Approached the top from the south side.
Descended down the north side to the Cairn, across a fence. Large cairn, with no memorial markings – I surmised it to be a memorial to cairn builders! Interesting descent down past the cliffs through the woods to the car park following a few faint deer tracks.
View from Tom Anthon up Glen Ey.
I haven’t been posting my CP’s so thought it was time to get them recorded so I get my mug for reaching 50! Most were done with the kids over the summer. One of the most memorable was my daughter encountering an adder on Tom Anthon, I have never seen her move as fast. Clais Fhearnaig is a beautiful spot, I can’t imagine going there if it wasn’t for the CP and I will definitely go back.
So the CP’s I have done over the last few months are: Lamahip, River Dee (by Shooting Greens), Brackloch Craig, Fog House, Creag Choinich, Colonel’s Bed, Tom Anthon, Claus Fhearnaig, Benaquhaillie.
After all the rain, I was looking for a path or track, so cycled up Glen Quoich to get to Clais Fhearnaig, the Hollow of the Alders. The footpath was still a bit soggy, but it was fine overhead as I reached this little glen with a small lochan in it. The first thing I noticed was that the water was dammed at the end. Was it a fishing loch at some point? Wildlife was a bit scarce but I saw coal tit, goldcrest, mistle thrush, ring ouzel, wren, whinchat and stonechat. There was also a selection of butterflies, but the only one I identified was the Scotch Argus.
Weather not exactly clearing so opted for low tick point in a place I had never visited. I may not have been but evidently a popular venue with roads/good tracks all the way. Ideal for a run, though seemed to be longer than I had thought.
From Linn of Dee parking went to bridge at 400m and crossed the Lui Water and followed road for about 1km up stream. A good path turns right and follows the right bank upstream. 1.5k up a small gorge is entered which leads up to several delightful small lochs which the dogs enjoyed. A track which drains poorly drops height quickly to join the Glen Quoich landrover track.
Within 100m a poor track heads uphill though the woods to the South reaching a large cairn. Hear a track heads up and left which is best ignored but I chose to follow it to a very minor summit where the track ends. Rough terrain leads down SW to eventually exit the woods at the bridge and the track back to the parking.