Strawberry Cottage, Glen Affric, 5-7 July 2019

Chrysanthemum Hill, as our non Gaelic speaking members christened Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan, saw a fair bit of activity on our Strawberry Cottage weekend. Six different parties ranged over the various ridges and tops of Ceathramhnan and its neighbouring Munros and Corbetts on Saturday. The day started well as most folk popped into Alltbeithe YH for a chat and some high octane coffee which powered us up the hill.  The cosy atmosphere and chance to meet some interesting people provided a very pleasant interlude.

Strawberry Cottage is also a wonderful haven. Although it is only eight kilometres from the road end, staying there provides a great sense of timelessness and remoteness. Fortunately, our two SUV’s were parked out of sight and the mountain bikes were tucked away in the shed so they didn’t spoil the illusion. Apart from Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan – above – and its tops, parties were to be found on Sgurr Gaorsaic, Mullach na Dheiragain, An Socach, and Carn a Choire Ghairbh.  Robin and Arthur came across two stone “art installations” on the west top of Sgur nan Ceathreamhnan and lower down the west ridge, but could uncover no explanation of what they represented or who constructed them.

Richard had MRT training on Sunday so departed on Saturday to be replaced by Daniel,  who was keen to stretch his legs over Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe and Beinn Fhionnlaidh with Kirsty on Sunday. The rest of the group had more modest excursions, with Dougie on Aonach Shasuinn, Michael, Sharan and Arthur on Tom a’ Choinnich (pictured above), and Robin, Peter and Marion on Beinn a’ Mheadhoin. All of which hills provide wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding hills from Ben Nevis to Skye. Participants were Ellie, Dougie, Arthur, Sharan, Peter M., Marion, Michael, Kirsty G., Andreas, Robin, Richard and Daniel.