Geo-Trips :: A winter walk into the Strathconon Forest

Strathconon, Highland

A walk from Milton, Thu, 24 Nov 2016 by Julian Paren

The day's plan to visit Geograph "Green Squares" was thwarted by a Gamekeeper who insisted he had corralled deer in the coire we needed to pass through and photograph, and by the depth of the snow that created problems with our accompanying collie dog.

So the alternative was to investigate the stalkers path that headed south towards Glen Orrin and which could have provided the access to Carn na Coinnich a respectable 600 m plus hill that the gamekeeper thought was the only point of interest in that part of the Strathconon Forest. We took the path to the bealach where you would divert to climb the hill, and on our return to Strathconon went to find the elusive suspension bridge that the most recent Geographer noted was closed for Health and Safety reasons. Fortunately we could report the bridge had been made safe, and this would enable further exploration of Strathconon to be made later when the snow had become less arduous.

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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NH3154 : The start of the estate track from Strathconon to Glen Orrin by Julian Paren
The start of the estate track from Strathconon to Glen Orrin
A well-engineered track leads south from Mains of Dalbreac to a 610 m col before... more

NH3154 : The frosted south side of Strathconon near Milton by Julian Paren
The frosted south side of Strathconon near Milton
An estate track heads south that will not be in sunshine in early December until... more

NH3252 : The frozen south flank of Strathconon above Milton by Julian Paren
The frozen south flank of Strathconon above Milton
The estate track heads south from Milton into the sunless side of the hills. The... more

NH3252 : Estate track from Strathconon to Glen Orrin by Julian Paren
Estate track from Strathconon to Glen Orrin
A track that was very slippery due to ice and glazed frozen rock. It was easier... more

NH3251 : Carn na Coinnich viewed from the col of the approach track by Julian Paren
Carn na Coinnich viewed from the col of the approach track
With deep snow the best way of climbing Carn na Coinnich was to take the estate... more

NH3251 : Estate track at the col by Julian Paren
Estate track at the col
The nameless col is at the head of the track between Strathconon and Glen Orrin.... more

NH3252 : Milton in Strathconon by Julian Paren
Milton in Strathconon
A view of a world far apart from the deep snow of the hills south of Strathconon.... more

NH3252 : Descending towards Strathconon on an estate track by Julian Paren
Descending towards Strathconon on an estate track
The last stretch of hillside before leaving the sun and the added difficulties of... more

NH3253 : Outlying tree - a survivor by Julian Paren
Outlying tree - a survivor
The first and last tree (depending on your direction of travel) on the estate... more

NH3153 : Estate track above Strathconon by Julian Paren
Estate track above Strathconon
The lower and flatter section of the track from Strathconon to Glen Orrin.

NH2953 : The River Meig at sunset by Julian Paren
The River Meig at sunset
A warm glow for an otherwise cold day!

NH2953 : Footbridge across River Meig - fully operational 2016 by Julian Paren
Footbridge across River Meig - fully operational 2016
The bridge is now repaired and a sign urges caution in crossing with a maximum of... more

NH2953 : Deer playground beside the Meig by Julian Paren
Deer playground beside the Meig
Deer were abundant along this stretch of the river. They may be seen grazing on... more

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