Many lovers of the Cairngorm hills will often cite GlenFeshie as one of their favourites, Since the landowner undertook a significant cull of the red deer population, the regeneration of native trees on both its sides has been spectacular, a joy to behold.
A group of fifteen walkers including four guests set off from a spot south of Feshiebridge on beautifully maintained paths through ancient Scots Pines and as they climbed through much younger trees, thriving now that deer over grazing is no longer a problem.
The C party split off after to enjoy a lower-level walk but one that still had plenty of ups and downs in magnificent surroundings.
The bulk of the walkers continued upwards as the day grew warmer but were lucky to experience a cool breeze just when it mattered. The walk is like so many more in the highlands, steep in places with great views to the west and north but not revealing its true nature until the lip of Glen Eanaich is reached, 600mtrs above Loch Eanaich. Sgor Gaoith itself has a rocky summit worthy of its surroundings. The huge western flank of Braeriach fills the view on the other side of the glen.
The group enjoyed a well-earned lunch break just below the summit, one group then re-traced its route back to the waiting coach, the remainder took a rougher route down a more direct route, both parties meeting up on the path just above the tree line.
The ling and heather were just coming into bloom, adding late summer colour to the lower slopes.
All in all, a superb day in the hills with perfect walking weather, fortunately in contrast to the mountain forecast that had promised cloud on the summits.
The clubs next walk is to Ben Lui on Sunday 28thAugust followed by the Club Weekend to Newton Stewart 16-18thSeptember.
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