TGO Challenge 2017. Across Scotland, again, in pictures (days 10-12)

 

Day 10: Loch Muick to Tarfside

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Early morning looking east along Glen Muick – the rain is still falling
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Discreet pitch – the Troookstar is just visible above an old wall where Ian’s gear is drying off
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The route to Shielin of Mark – the scattered stones are part of an ancient settlement
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The rain overnight has barely made an impact on the burn to the right
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Looking across to Lochnagar from the pitch by the burn
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Up the Allt Darraire and a bouncy bridge
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An Allt Darraire’s bouncy bridge from above
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Looking back while climbing on a bearing to Shielin of Mark
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Rain clouds make another move
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Lochnagar in the distance
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Shielin of Mark bothy, where a procession of challengers upset the routine of a couple who had made it their home for the weekend. They boiled water for my brew all the same
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Shielin of Mark bothy, which is at 2,100 feet above sea level, revealed in its glorious isolation
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Heading over the top, at 2,500 feet, from the bothy to Glen Lee
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Top end of Glen Lee
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View from a bothy with an earth floor in Glen Lee that was not on the map. The area had previously been wooded, so maybe the cartographers never spotted it.
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Stood at the doorway of the bothy. Ian comes to have a look. Next stop the Stables of Lee
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Greg, who we bumped into at Shielin of Mark and guided through the bogs, poses for a TGO logo. We met up again for beers in Montrose. Top geyser
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Falls of Unich in a rubbish focus
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Craig Maskeldie to the left of the waterfall
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Loch Lee – shortly after spotting three French children chasing sheep – very worrying
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Loch Lee and Craig Dullet opposite
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Invermark Castle
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Heading for Tarfside – slowly as my leg was playing up with the first stirrings of gout in my right knee
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Nearing Tarfside the rain clouds looked threatening, but the downpour held off
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Willie and Gary with that post-dinner look of satisfaction – they’ve not had a tiff – at the retreat called St Drostan’s – named after the holy man who became a hermit in Glen Esk
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The Tarfside volunteers – all veteran TGOers and all top bananas – doing the washing up. We walkers should have done that
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Goodnight, from camp Tarfside

Day 11: Tarfside to North Water Bridge

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View over to the Wirrens at 7.20am
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Hill of Rowan
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Blue sky view from the camp – the day has the feel of a sunny one
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Hotting up heading down past The Retreat
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Rocks of Solitude walk – 1
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Rocks of Solitude walk – 2
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Rocks of Solitude walk – 3
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Blue door thinking – the odd top-heavy, yet weirdly attractive entrance on the River Esk
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From the bridge by the blue door – 1
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And another from the bridge by the blue door – 2

Day 12: North Water Bridge to St Cyrus & Montrose Bay

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North Water Bridge – the morning after a huge electrical storm. No problems with the campsite, apart from the noise of the A90, but the route in to the campsite is grade A rubbish. Never again
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The old bridge on the A90 heading out of North Water Bridge
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Quiet roads … and big pink things
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… and views back towards the hills across the A90
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Furrows for OCD sufferers on the road to Marykirk
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Old tree on outskirts of Marykirk
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Bridge too For-far? – railway line near Marykirk
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Griffin-door at Pitbeadlie. Cloudy but hot
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St Cyrus approaching – smell the sea
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St Cyrus church within touching distance
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Saint Cyrus Church …
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… and its graveyard above St Cyrus beach
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The road leading to the beach and cliffs, just 100 yards away
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St Cyrus beach – recommended as a finish point, whatever the weather
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St Cyrus beach with Montrose in the distance
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St Cyrus beach and gorse on the path down
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That’s it – a beautiful sunny finish followed by an hour sat on the sands soaking up the air.
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Dun roamin’
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