GM Tour - Wednesday 25th August 2010
After yet another successful 5am get-up, we were on the A96 into Inverness,
over the suspension bridge and heading towards Dingwall. Jimmy directed me into
the country lanes and up a long cul-de-sac to park at the farmhouse at NH498577.
From here, we continued to the same direction along a narrow public footpath
which led to a double junction of routes at the edge of the wood.
Jimmy had planned to follow the main path as shown on the map, but another
path had a big "Cnoc Mor" signpost on it, despite the route not being on
the OS sheets. Nonetheless, we decided to follow the signed path, which was good
going along the fence line until just before the summit when it presented us
with a roller-coaster finish of very steep ups and downs.
For the return, we opted for the mapped path which was much more level and
graded, and offered fine views over Loch Ussie. On the down side, the narrow
path was made narrower still by the omnipresence of gorse on both sides!
This was the last dawn raid, albeit not the last 5am get-up. It was mission
accomplished as we returned to the holiday cottage at 9.30am.
That evening, Jimmy and I were booked to deliver the SOTA presentation at the Inverness radio club. This is based in a remarkable two storey underground bunker, of which we had a tour before the talk. We had an enjoyable evening and a decent sized audience of 22. The ubiquitous Steve AAV and Helen AAU were there, having only seen them 24 hours earlier at Chanonry Point for the dolphin spotting! The talk meant that we had a much later night than that we would have preferred ahead of the big Cairngorms expedition the following day, especially with another 5am get-up in the plans.