Seven of us met up at the old lay-by to the north of Maryburgh. Richard H (and Skye), Arthur, Ewen, Michael, Cerian, Pete R and Robin. Although the weather seemed to be better than forecast the cloud level appeared to be about the 3,000 ft mark, and we decided to keep our heads below the clouds and headed off to the Graham, Carn Loch nan Amhaichean (698m) to the north of Inchbae Lodge hotel.
We followed the farm road north up Strath Rannoch to the steading where we bore north east up the Alt a Choire-rainich, crossing it to climb steeply up the west side of the hill to reach the summit. On the way Pete pointed out a couple of geological features of interest, the first being a brown conglomerate on the stream bed, being Braemore mudstone which is part of the 400 million year old Old Red sandstone group. The second on one of the two large boulders was a slightly older Inchbae Granite gneiss being 600 million years old.
We had lunch out of the wind on the summit, facing east and overlooking Loch nan Amhaichean and the other Graham, Beinn nan Eun. We had intended to follow the ridge back down the glen but as it started to rain (in accordance with the forecast) we headed down west to the track and back to the cars. We found the Inchbae Lodge hotel open, having just been taken over by a friendly ex-military couple from Devon who were only too keen to serve us. It’s worth noting that the hotel is open again with the owners hoping to attract the hillwalking community.
Although not one of our hardest days, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day adjusted to suit the weather. RH