Last weekend I walked and cycled to the two summits of An Sgarsoch and Carn Ealar, in the southern Cairngorms, with Norma (who hadn’t used her bike for getting to remote summits before).
I had tried to get to the summit of Carn Ealar (which I have not been to before) a few weeks ago (blog posting here) from the west via Glen Feshie, but I wasn’t able to get my bike far enough along the path then to do the trip in a reasonable time. This time however, I cycled in from the Linn of Dee near Braemar in the east, and was able to get much closer, leaving my bike at the ruin of Geldie Lodge.
It was a great day with fine weather, and the views from the summits were excellent, with Ben Wyvis, the Glen Strathfarrar and Glen Cannich summits, Lochaber, Creag Meagaidh, Ben Alder, Glencoe, Schiehallion and Ben Lawers all visible.
The remoteness of these two Munro summits didn’t seem to have deterred walkers, and it was a fairly busy on the hills, with cyclists and campers as well as hikers who had come all the way from Linn of Dee by foot (this is an exceptionally long walk for a single day, about 42km, but this was the longest day of the year so there is an enormous amount of daylight to do it in).
Photos from the trip are on my website here.