Day 9

Saturday 20th - Pitlochry to Allt Doire nan Eun

I left the camp site early as the clouds seemed to be lifting, following the instructions from the Tourist Information assistant. I got out on to the hill side but really the instructions were un-necessary as the route was well signposted for the first part. It was nice and warm in the shelter of the woods but once on the open hill it got considerable colder and for the last 200mt to the top of Ben Vrackie there was a biting north east wind. I made it to the top in just 2½ hours from the camp site.

I left the top north east directly into the wind so as soon as I could find a sheltered spot I stopped for coffee. After this brief break I followed the Brerachan Water to meet the road at Dalnavaid, following the road for 3km I crossed the river and walked through the woods to Enochdu. From here a pleasant track leads all the way to the Spittal of Glenshee. As I walked along this track I kept an eye out for a good camp site which I eventually found where the Allt Doire nan Eun crosses the track, besides I think 11 hours is enough for me and me feet ached.

For most of the day I had had good views of Beinn a' Ghlo and Ben Vuirich and could see right back to Wednesday's Corbetts and the mine, as well as Schiehallion with its head in the clouds. I actually saw four walkers on the hill today today, but they were not Challengers. It was also a good day for wildlife, eagle, heron, buzzard, dipper, tree creeper and the only ptarmigan of the whole trip on Ben Vrackie, but not cuckoos.

The mountain views
The mountain views                                 photo © Peter Goddard

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