Falls of Glomach to Loch Affric
The weather forecast for Saturday was for good weather and we weren’t disappointed. The main decision for me was whether to stick with my intended route over the north Affric ridge or take my FWA along Gleann Gaorsaic. There was still quite a lot of snow up high. It seemed a bit of a risk to attempt the ridge without an ice axe or crampons, so I decided to take the low road.
The morning sunshine dried off our tents. Before leaving our pitch I wandered a hundred metres downstream to take a photo of a waterfall. We followed the Allt Coire lochain for about 500m then struck south down Gleann Gaorsaic.
Gleann Gaorsaic has a bad reputation as a boggy hell. However, on a sunny day, it was no worse (or more boggy) than many other glens. Following the 400m contour and occasional faint tracks seemed to avoid the worst of the bogs. The glen itself is a picture of bleakness with the view to the south dominated by a snowy Beinn Fhada.
Just before we turned into Gleann Gniomhaidh, we stopped for something to eat. We lazed for a bit in the sunshine. Later in the evening, I found a tick on my arm, which I guess I picked up here. After lunch, it was a wonderful walk down the glen and into Glen Affric.
When we reached Alltbeithe Youth Hostel, we decided to pop in for a cup of tea. Thank you to Hannah (?) the warden for your hospitality. In the kitchen, we met Rev. Dave and Croydon, together with a group of four other Challengers (whose names I’ve forgotten!).
Leaving Alltbeithe, Croydon decided to join Emma and me to walk down Glen Affric. Again, it was a super walk down the glen in glorious sunshine.
We passed some other Challengers who were camping at Athnamulloch, but we pushed on to Loch Affric. At the western end of Loch Affric there is a good expanse of fairly flat ground to camp on. Croydon and I decided to stop there, but Emma pushed on as she had a big day on the next day.
It was a fabulous place to camp and even had a private beach! All in all, it had been a great day with wonderful scenery and weather. However, the evening sky gave a clue that the weather might change on the next day and how it did!