TGO Challenge 2017. Across Scotland, again, in pictures (days 4-6)

Day 4: Cannich to Ault-na-goire

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Cannich campsite – flat pitch and great showers (in the toilet block not from the sky)
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Affric-Kintail Way to Drumnadrochit – a tedious route along a section of road and through forest. At least with the trees chopped down there was a view
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Affric-Kintail Way. A view maybe, but the detritus left after the trees have been felled tempers what can be seen
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View across to the other side of the valley from the Affric-Kintail Way, because the trees have been chopped down
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Nearing the end of the Affric-Kintail Way – not far above Drumnadrochit, with Loch Ness just visible
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The path turns off left into the trees above Drumnadrochit.
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Affric-Kintail Way – above Drumnadrochit
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Tony, Mervyn, (I’ve forgotten your name, sorry) and Lee
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Crossing Loch Ness was quite moody with the rain coming in
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Rogues gallery: Tony and John
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Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness just past Drumnadrochit
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Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness again but from further away, as you can probably work out
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Loch Ness – more dark and moody
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Quayside! at Inverfarigaig, just as the rain set in. If the Loch Ness monster doesn’t get you, you could get impaled here instead

 

Day 5: Ault-na-goire to Glen Mazeran

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Ault-na-goire in the morning
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More logs piled up by the side of the road at Dumnaglass
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Sorry, Miss Jackson this is for reel: Sarah, 19, the youngest challenger and one of the Jackson Four, after filming me on Go-Pro. Pictures of me usually crack lenses
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Dave – what a proper smile – and Sue in a five-star hunting lodge at NH654225
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Wind farm on the wide route I took over to Glen Mazeran
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Above the posh hunting lodge, which had been reached just as a torrential downpour started, so perfect timing
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Hare today, gone in a flash: can you spot this fine beast sprinting away?
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The route up Allt Mor was dominated by gorse – and at one point laburnum too. A mile further on I smashed my right shin on a rock.
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Dried up bog at 700m – unreal
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Heading down Glen Mazeran
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Glen Mazeran is a great spot, long and rangy like  a supermodel
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The wind was vicious but the views down the glen are excellent
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Near the bottom of Glen Mazeran – what the picture does not reveal is the powerful wind that was thundering down the valley. Just as strong at the bottom as it was at the top
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A pitch – after much adjustment – sheltered from the worst of a gale. Note the strange cloud forms
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Water, and damp bogs were few and far between in Glen Mazeran

Day 6: Glen Mazeran to Aviemore

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Early sunshine after a frosty night in Glen Mazeran. An estate Land Rover had driven slowly past at 6.30am checking on the four tents – two of them red – discretely pitched by the trees and river
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Heading for Glen Mazeran Lodge at about 7.45am – I missed the path that the estate asks walkers to take so as to avoid walking near the lodge, then bumped into the gamekeeper and had a good old chinwag with him and his numerous dogs
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Gotcha:  oyster catcher, on a long zoom. I’d never seen one before
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Quaint Dalarossie church, where the site dates to the 8th Century, by the River Findhorn
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Heading for Cairn Ruighe
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The route to Carn Dubh
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Heading for red bothy – bloody wind farms
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Heading for red bothy
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Heading for red bothy
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Heading for red bothy
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Heading for red bothy – I was zapped by an electric fence shortly after taking this shot
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Green hunting lodge on the way to red bothy
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At last, Red bothy, where I met Peter
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The long road to red bothy – with the Burma road barely visible on the left of the shot
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Lone tree on the Burma road, walking on it is a case of once bitten, twice shy
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Paddy, Gill and John
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Heading down into Aviemore, shortly before bumping into Phil Lambert coming the other way
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Late arrival at Coylumbridge campsite – after a bite to eat, a pint and a restock in downtown Aviemore. The rain is just about to throw it down, with the ground so dry the water runs off it

 

 

 

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