The best laid schemes o Mice an’ Men

I was on my own last weekend so planned to get out into the hills at some point.  I watched the forecast all week, predicting the east side of the country would as usual be the better side, and planned some Cairngorm Corbetts in.  As it was, by Friday the west side was forecast to be wall to wall sunshine, a light breeze and an almost 100% chance of cloud-free Munros!  Whereas the east would remain cloudy and dull. I leapt at the chance to go up to the north-west in these conditions and randomly looked up the Corbetts map on Walkhighlands.  I chose some Corbetts north of Inverness, mainly based on time to reach them from home – notably Carn Chuinneag for Saturday to promise tremendous west views over Assynt, with maybe Little Wyvis or Beinn a’ Chaisteil the next day.  I found the campsite at Tain was open (I hate trying to find a suitably remote ‘wild’ camping spot in the dark with the Bongo’s poor lights) so threw all my gear in the van and headed off on Friday straight after work. Yay!

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Cannich weekend – Day 1

Corbett – Sgorr na Diollaid

Ally was away this weekend, doing some practice for his Summer Mountain Leader assessment next year.  I considered whether stay at home and do some local walks or go further afield.  I followed the weather forecast all week and when it looked like the north-east was going to be hit with heavy rain all weekend and further west looked drier for a change, I decided to take the opportunity to go west to explore some hills.  I also thought it would be good to be in a campsite this time, taking into account the long, dark evenings and cooler weather.  This way I could hook up electricity and have a light on in the van, plus enjoy a hot shower.  The trouble is, most campsites are closed this time of year for the season.  One I found open was the Cannich campsite (http://www.highlandcamping.co.uk/) which helped me narrow down my options even further.  The campsite is very close to the beautiful glens of Glen Affric and Glen Cannich, and also not too far from Strathfarrar and Strathconnon.

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Cannich weekend – Day 2

Corbetts – Meall nan Uan and Sgurr a’ Mhuilinn

I packed up and headed off from the excellent Cannich campsite.  This is a lovely, low-key campsite with everything you might need in a superb location, including a nice looking café on site (although that was closed for the winter season).  It took an hour to drive from here right down to where I parked in Strathconon.  Strathconon itself is another long and lovely glen – they all are around this area.  At one point I could see the two Corbett summits in frame so stopped to take a snap.

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