Geo-Trips :: A walk into the wildness of the Strathconon Forest

Strathconon, Highland

A walk from near Milton, Strathconon, Wed, 5 Apr 2017 by Julian Paren

A walk with a purpose: to collect six green Geograph squares that had been passed by in the trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest. Added to that the excitement of crossing two footbridges over the River Meig, one of which had been closed in recent times for being unsafe. A great day out, but the most accessible green square was missed by contouring too early to reach the intended final square. Little life on the hill except a pair of golden plover with all the deer at feeding stations in the valley by the River Meig. Although true rough moorland, there were good views to the higher hills of Strathfarrar, still carrying snow. Athough the terrain was predominantly brown there were pockets of red sphagnum moss. The circular walk was just under nine miles with the most gruelling part escaping to the plateau up the side of the valley by the footbridge. We followed deer tracks. The route took 6.5 hours over the terrain (1.3 mph) but three stops were made for refreshment, and many more for photographs.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH2852 : From the hillside beside Allt Mhairi, Strathconon by Julian Paren
From the hillside beside Allt Mhairi, Strathconon
Looking down on the footbridge used to gain access to the hillside. The hillside... more

NH2851 : Moorland by Allt Mhairi, above Strathconon by Julian Paren
Moorland by Allt Mhairi, above Strathconon
Brown hillsides in early April, but in places lichen-encrusted rocks and red... more

NH2851 : Underfoot in the moorland above Strathconon by Julian Paren
Underfoot in the moorland above Strathconon
A contrast to the overwhelmingly brown uplands colour palette.

NH2851 : Boggy area close to Allt Mhairi in the Strathconon Forest by Julian Paren
Boggy area close to Allt Mhairi in the Strathconon Forest
In the distance the hills bordering Gleann Meinich overlook this area of moorland.

NH2850 : Trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest by Julian Paren
Trackless terrain of the Strathconon Forest
Brown moorland with tantalising views of the higher and snow-retaining... more

NH2950 : Rough moorland of the Strathconon Forest by Julian Paren
Rough moorland of the Strathconon Forest
Deer droppings aplenty, but at this time of year not a single deer was seen. They... more

NH2951 : Summit of Meall Giubhais (573m) by Julian Paren
Summit of Meall Giubhais (573m)
Two neighbouring hills with the same name. This is the lower. A rudimentary... more

NH2950 : Lochan in an empty landscape, Strathconon Forest by Julian Paren
Lochan in an empty landscape, Strathconon Forest
The hills of Strathfarrar command attention in the distance.

NH3051 : Lochan on the northern spur of Meall Giubhais (663 m) by Julian Paren
Lochan on the northern spur of Meall Giubhais (663 m)
Recorded by OS in their 1:25,000 mapping.

NH3050 : Summit of Meall Giubhais (663 m) by Julian Paren
Summit of Meall Giubhais (663 m)
A pretence of a cairn. My GPS altimeter detected no difference between this... more

NH3050 : Flank of Beinn Giubhais (663 m) by Julian Paren
Flank of Beinn Giubhais (663 m)
The view from the top of Beinn Giubhais includes Loch Beannacharain at the head of... more

NH3150 : Eastern flank of Beinn Giubhais by Julian Paren
Eastern flank of Beinn Giubhais
A gleam of sunshine on the descent to the pony track between Strathconon and Glen Orrin.

NH3151 : Peat hags aside the Strathconon to Glen Orrin path by Julian Paren
Peat hags aside the Strathconon to Glen Orrin path
They mark the route as a path, but in reality the path appears and disappears.... more

NH3051 : Unintended deviation from the mapped path from Strathconon to Glen Orrin by Julian Paren
Unintended deviation from the mapped path from Strathconon to Glen Orrin
Who would have thought this was not the path!! It lies along a firm bank - better... more

NH3052 : Unintended deviation from the Strathconon to Glen Orrin path by Julian Paren
Unintended deviation from the Strathconon to Glen Orrin path
Yet again the path was not the marked one. The fact is that the real OS path does exist.

NH3053 : View into Coire Riabhach by Julian Paren
View into Coire Riabhach
A previous visit to Strathconon in November during which we planned to traverse... more

NH3053 : Creag a Choire Riabhaich by Julian Paren
Creag a Choire Riabhaich
On the hillside above Strathconon.

NH2953 : Looking down on Strathconon by Julian Paren
Looking down on Strathconon
A circular walk in the wilderness of the Strathconon Forest ended with the steep... more

NH2853 : River Meig near Glean Meinich in Strathconon by Julian Paren
River Meig near Glean Meinich in Strathconon
The fields beside the River Meig are the preserve of deer in the wintertime. Near... more

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