Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

TGO Challenge 2013 Day 5 – 8

Garve Bridge to Newtonmore: 27.6km

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The day started with ~14km road trudge (not my favourite occupation) down through Laggan to Cluny Castle, at least the sun was shining and again the forecasted high winds seemed to have gone elsewhere.  The stretch from Laggan to Cluny probably felt the most hazardous part of the trip with numerous heavy trucks hurtling past in both directions, the tyre tracks 1m onto the grass verge and the numerous pieces of vehicular debris definitely quickened the pace.

At Cluny I turned off the road and headed over the Right of Way through Glen Banchor, the glen looking very different to my previous visit in April when winter still had its grip on the place.

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I enjoyed a lazy lunch at the Dalnashallag bothy before meandering into Newtonmore.

Newtonmore: Tea and cake at the Newtonmore Hostel; food shopping; eat pies; wash socks; shower; pub for food and ale with lots of challengers for company……….more luxury!

Day 6: Newtonmore to Ruigh-aiteachain: 21.1km

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I’d arrived in Newtonmore a day ahead of schedule and had 3 days to get to Braemar, to match a B&B booking, so it was a lazy start with a full breakfast at Betty’s cafe before meandering down the cycle path to Kingussie; along the back road to Tromie Bridge with a quick visit to the barracks; forest tracks over to Glen Feshie.  I arrived at the Ruigh-aiteachain bothy mid-afternoon, back in very familiar territory now, where I kicked back and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine.  Chatted to various Challengers as they arrived and pitched up or just stopped to say hello and continue further up the glen, there was quite a little gathering eventually with a dozen folk in the bothy and at least a dozen tents/ tarps in the neighbourhood.

Day 7: Ruigh-aiteachain to Linn of Dee: 28km

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A chilly morning with frost on the tarp; I would have liked to nip over the Moine Mhor to Corrour and on to Bob Scott’s but thought I’d better give the knee a rest a couple of days longer.  I was in not in any particular hurry so had another cup of coffee and let the sun do its work in drying everything before dawdling off up the glen at around 9am admiring the scenery.

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I met lots of ‘bodies’ on the trail with some coming from unlikely directions, this group were coming over from Glen Tromie and taking the short cut across the River Feshie.

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I was going to stop around White Bridge but with a strong westerly and any sheltered spots already taken I dawdled on finally called it a day just past the Linn of Dee, pitched up in the trees away from the road and enjoyed the evening sunshine while finishing the last of the Talisker (there was more essential supplies were waiting in Braemar).

Day 8: Linn of Dee to Breamar:  9.3km

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Really a rest day and no need to rush into Braemar, I was enjoying cup of coffee #3 when another Challenger popped in attracted by the smell, well it would have been rude not to offer a cuppa so we enjoyed a chat over coffee while I tidied the last few bits and pieces away before we dawdled off the 2km to Marr Lodge for tea and biscuits, plus lots of conversation with the dozens of Challengers.

Braemar: beer; lunch; beer; B&B; shower; sort out resupply stuff; beer; food; beer………………… and more beer.

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