Curry Night in the Cairngorms

With high winds forecast (again), we had hope of midge-free camping and headed into the Cairngorms from Linn of Dee to get a walk, hill and camp.

Following the Dee west to White Bridge, then north from there, we stopped only to enjoy the impressive two-tiered falls, a few hundred metres on from the bridge. Until now, Sgor Mor, the hill we were bound for had blocked views north, but now they were starting to open up with hints of the bigger peaks to the north and the gloomy Lairig Ghru dividing them. We followed a pair of burns up to the summit and briefly enjoyed the views before a shower hastened our getting setup for the night.

I have long wanted to camp on this hill for the views it would afford over the hills around and had pictured doing so in winter, not summer. I’m pretty sure I will return for a winter camp someday, but this trip, despite being July, felt pretty wintry up top anyway. The summit plateau has lots of good spots, some with wind-shelter, including the one we ended up pitching ourselves.

Tent up, we got out in and enjoyed the views, hills disappearing, but a stunning rainbow taking their place. As stated, it was surprisingly cold for July, but we left the door open to enjoy the scenery (when it revealed itself again) and paced our evening with pre-dinner chat at what might have been Britain’s highest curry house that night. Packaged curries transformed by the simple addition of fresh coriander and spring onions – cheers Andy – perfect!

Occasionally we got out to see what was going on with the scenery and changing skies in other directions, quite dramatic at times, yet largely dry.

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Next day we returned to Linn of Dee following the summit ridge, descending to the area just west of the Linn itself.

All the time views to the north, clearer now, were tugging at me and my plan of a day walk to the south, part way home, were shifting instead to a second night in the Cairngorms exploring the central group of hills and maybe staying in a bothy.

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