Geo-Trips :: Sluggan Bridge but not quite Dalnahaitnach

River Dulnain

A walk from Carr Bridge, Wed, 28 Aug 2019 by Anne Burgess

We parked at the gate and followed the route of the old military road, now also national cycle route 7, over Sluggan Bridge and as far as Insharn, where we turned south on an estate road. When we were almost at Dalnahaitnach it began to rain in good earnest, so we turned left to make our way back to the village.

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NH8721 : Start of the Sluggan Track by Anne Burgess
Start of the Sluggan Track
The track to Sluggan, incorporated into National Cycle Route No 7, leaves the... more

NH8721 : A Glimpse of the River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
A Glimpse of the River Dulnain
Thanks to tree cover, it's difficult to get a good view of the river from the track here.

NH8721 : Sorrel in a Hollow by Anne Burgess
Sorrel in a Hollow
This plant of Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) has established itself in the hollow... more

NH8721 : On the Haugh by Anne Burgess
On the Haugh
A haugh is a water meadow, or flood plain of a river. The ground here is pretty wet.

NH8721 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
A rather fine-looking specimen, though I am not sure exactly what it is.

NH8721 : East Sluggan by Anne Burgess
East Sluggan
The cottage at East Sluggan looks to be in good repair, but all the associated... more

NH8721 : Birch Woods at East Sluggan by Anne Burgess
Birch Woods at East Sluggan
The wet haugh land by the river is suitable for birch and heather.

NH8621 : River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
River Dulnain
Looking upstream from beside Sluggan Bridge.

NH8622 : Sluggan Bridge by Anne Burgess
Sluggan Bridge
Although the bridge is on the route of General Wade's military road, information... more

NH8722 : River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
River Dulnain
Looking downstream from the top of Sluggan Bridge.

NH8722 : Sluggan and the River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
Sluggan and the River Dulnain
This 'panorama' from the top of Sluggan Bridge includes a ruined cottage beside... more

NH8621 : River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
River Dulnain
Looking upstream from the top of Sluggan Bridge. The Sluggan is the reach of the... more

NH8622 : Ruin near Sluggan Bridge by Anne Burgess
Ruin near Sluggan Bridge
The map at https://canmore.org.uk/site/14972/sluggan-bridge suggests that the name... more

NH8622 : Over Dulnain by Anne Burgess
Over Dulnain
Though described at https://canmore.org.uk/site/14972/sluggan-bridge as a building... more

NH8622 : General Wade's Military Road by Anne Burgess
General Wade's Military Road
Generals Wade and Caulfeild famously built many miles of roads through the... more

NH8621 : Birch and Heather by Anne Burgess
Birch and Heather
This is typical of the vegetation in many parts of Strathspey.

NH8621 : Walkers on the Military Road by Anne Burgess
Walkers on the Military Road
A party of walkers takes a breather on General Wade's Military Road.

NH8621 : National Cycle Route No 7 by Anne Burgess
National Cycle Route No 7
A party of cyclists meets a party of walkers on General Wade's Military Road, now... more

NH8621 : Glacial Channel by Anne Burgess
Glacial Channel
The u-shaped cross-section of the little glen, and the small size of the burn... more

NH8621 : Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris) by Anne Burgess
Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris)
A solitary flower growing beside the track.

NH8521 : Juniper Berries by Anne Burgess
Juniper Berries
We saw very few berries on the juniper by the track. This was probably the biggest clump.

NH8521 : Moorland near Inverlaidnan by Anne Burgess
Moorland near Inverlaidnan
Inverlaidnan is below the road here.

NH8521 : General Wade's Military Road by Anne Burgess
General Wade's Military Road
The road here is flanked by conifer plantations that are much more recent than the... more

NH8421 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
As usual I don't know what species this large fungus is.

NH8421 : National Cycle Route No 7 by Anne Burgess
National Cycle Route No 7
The cycle route here follows General Wade's Military Road.

NH8321 : Carn an Ailean by Anne Burgess
Carn an Ailean
Despite its modest height of just 547 metres, Carn an Ailean is prominent in this... more

NH8422 : General Wade's Military Road by Anne Burgess
General Wade's Military Road
A section of the road skirts a plantation of Scots Pine, with open moorland... more

NH8422 : Confluence of Slochd Mhuic and Allt an t'Sluichd Bhig by Anne Burgess
Confluence of Slochd Mhuic and Allt an t'Sluichd Bhig
Slochd Mhuic is on the left and Allt a t'sluichd Bhig comes in from the right. The... more

NH8422 : Juniper at Insharn by Anne Burgess
Juniper at Insharn
In the foreground is a clump of Common Juniper (Juniperus communis). There has... more

NH8422 : Insharn by Anne Burgess
Insharn
The isolated house at Insharn stands at the head of Allt an Aonaich.

NH8421 : Allt an Aonaich by Anne Burgess
Allt an Aonaich
Allt an Aonaich flows in anastomosing channels across the flat land south of... more

NH8421 : Estate Road by Anne Burgess
Estate Road
The road crosses the moorland south of Insharn, but it probably isn't the main... more

NH8421 : Pine and Heather by Anne Burgess
Pine and Heather
Typically Scottish vegetation on the shore of a long-vanished loch.

NH8421 : Track among the Trees by Anne Burgess
Track among the Trees
The track passes through an open stand of Scots Pine before re-emerging on the moor.

NH8421 : Desiccated Frog by Anne Burgess
Desiccated Frog
A small corpse lying at the side of the track.

NH8421 : Clubmoss by Anne Burgess
Clubmoss
Unfortunately I don't know what species of clubmoss this is.

NH8421 : Heather Moor by Anne Burgess
Heather Moor
Heather or Ling (Calluna vulgaris) in profusion.

NH8320 : Rain on the Way by Anne Burgess
Rain on the Way
Looking to where the weather is coming from, and the hills are obscured by mist.

NH8420 : An Leth-Allt by Anne Burgess
An Leth-Allt
Looking upstream from the bridge.

NH8420 : An Leth-Allt by Anne Burgess
An Leth-Allt
Looking downstream from the bridge.

NH8420 : Moorland Track by Anne Burgess
Moorland Track
Looking out from the relative shelter of the trees to the track across open... more

NH8520 : Iain Beag MacAndra Monument by Anne Burgess
Iain Beag MacAndra Monument
The inscription is self-explanatory. As his nickname suggests, Iain Beag MacAndra... more

NH8520 : Moorland in the Rain by Anne Burgess
Moorland in the Rain
We had intended to walk a bit further, but faced with some very wet rain and no... more

NH8520 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
AS usual I am unsure exactly what these fungi are.

NH8520 : Beehives in the Heather by Anne Burgess
Beehives in the Heather
It's the time of year when beekeepers move their hives to the heather moors to... more

NH8621 : Cottages at Inverlaidnan by Anne Burgess
Cottages at Inverlaidnan
A pair of cottages safely sited above the floodplain of the River Dulnain.

NH8621 : Ruin at Inverlaidnan by Anne Burgess
Ruin at Inverlaidnan
This building is already shown as a ruin on the first edition of the six-inch... more

NH8621 : Inverlaidnan by Anne Burgess
Inverlaidnan
The main house at Inverlaidnan.

NH8621 : Track to Inverlaidnan by Anne Burgess
Track to Inverlaidnan
The [[[6255488]]], house [[[6255490]]] and [[[6255489]]] are all visible in this view.

NH8621 : River Dulnain by Anne Burgess
River Dulnain
Looking downstream from the bridge at Inverlaidnan.

NH8621 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
As usual I don't know exactly what species these are.

NH8620 : Boggy Ground by Anne Burgess
Boggy Ground
Long grass and rushes suggest that the low-lying ground here is very wet.

NH8620 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
Yet another fungus I cannot identify with certainty.

NH8620 : Boggy Moorland by Anne Burgess
Boggy Moorland
Flat ground, heather tussocks and long grass doesn't make for comfortable walking.

NH8620 : View through a Clearing by Anne Burgess
View through a Clearing
All the moorland and scrub is in this square, but the eye is drawn to the farmland... more

NH8721 : Bearberry (Arctostphylus uva-ursi) by Anne Burgess
Bearberry (Arctostphylus uva-ursi)
A common plant of acid bogs, producing bright scarlet berries in autumn. They are... more

NH8721 : Puff Balls by Anne Burgess
Puff Balls
A clump of puffballs, recognisable by their rough surface. They are, I gather, edible.

NH9022 : Carrbridge Hotel by Anne Burgess
Carrbridge Hotel
A large and long-established hotel on the bank of the River Dulnain.

NH9022 : Old Bridge of Carr by Anne Burgess
Old Bridge of Carr
Built in 1717 by local mason John Niccelsone at a cost of £100, it was also... more

NH9022 : Wooden Sculpture by Anne Burgess
Wooden Sculpture
The sculpture stands beside the main car park in the middle of the village.... more

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