Cannich Weekend

Just three of us attended the camping meet at Cannich in May 2017. Liz K, Dave T and myself. Unfortunately Liz had problems with her knee and was unable to do much walking but she did take the opportunity to do some painting at Urquhart Castle.

On the Saturday myself and Dave set out up Glen Affric for Tom a’Choinich and Toll Creagach. We were disappointed to find that the path for the walk in had been turned into a horrible bulldozed track for the hydro works (also the parking area has been dug up so we had to park at the side of the road). We had intended doing Toll Creagach first, then on to Tom a’Choinich and descending via the bealach path. However, we didn’t see any inviting way up Toll Creagach so pushed on to Tom a’Choinich and the bealach.

We found a path leading directly up the steep slop of Tom a’Choinich so used that rather than the bealach path. Unfortunately the higher we go the worse the views became as we were surrounded by low cloud. However, we pushed on the the summit in time for lunch at the cairn. Next we proceeded over the bealach to Toll Creagach a more rounded hill. It was on this section of the walk that we met a few other people, the only ones we were to meet that day. Our descent from Toll Creagach was interesting to say the least. At first it was on mossy grass and stony ground which was very straightforward. However, our descent back into the glen was the choice of either a vertical descent or a steep gully clad in thick heather. We chose the gully which was not easy due to the steepness and the heather. However, we made it safely down and were very please to see the horrible bulldozed track. By this time we had experienced some rain but nothing too much.

We ate out at the Slaters in the evening rather than cook camp food which made for a nice relaxing evening after the hard work of the day. On our return to the campsite Dave retired to the TV room to watch the Eurovision song contest.

The next day all three of us headed down to Drumnadrochit and discovered some lovely woodland walks in the area. Unlike the previous day we were blessed with sunshine for this walk.

Susan B

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