I've been a bit slow in finishing up pulling together my map information for the upcoming TGO (The Great Outdoor Challenge) 2010 hike. I had finished creating the route and filling out the official route sheet a while back but putting everything together to share with the Internet world has taken a little bit longer (with the obvious interlude of my trip to Portugal and England; I hope you have enjoyed the videos from that trip).
This will be my second TGO. I had fully intended to do a TGO hike last year but circumstances conspired to prevent it. That's a story for another time. This year I have planned a pretty conservative southern route that will end up traversing some of the same ground I trod back in 2008. But it also is going to feature some regions that, weather permitting, should be spectacular. From the initial ferry ride from Mallaig over to Inverie, across the Correyairack Pass, through Lairig Ghru, along Jock's Road, and beyond. This route will a bit more southernly trending than the 2008 route. I expect it to be fun, social, and full of scenery that should keep me happy throughout the whole trek.
The summary below should give you a good idea of what I plan on doing. Although the official route has a couple lengthy days I don't expect either of them to be that difficult. In fact it is highly likely that I'll break up the trek between Garva Bridge and Kingussie into two days with a nice lazy break at Monadhliath Hotel which I found thoroughly enjoyable back in 2008.
I still have to print out all sorts of material and settle on some final gear choices which I will write about later on.
|MAY||DAYS ITINERARY WITH FOUL WEATHER ALTERNATIVES (if needed)||OS SHEET||Distance (km), Acent (m)||OVERNIGHT HALT|
|FRI 14th||Mallaig – Inverie – (alternative: walk the shoreline of Loch Nevis, past Tom Cruinn, NH864 960) - Carnoch – Sourlies Bothy||40||14||550||Sourlies Bothy|
|SAT 15th||Sourlies – Meallan Dubh – Bidean MhicLain Ghlais - Kinbreack||40||18||1000||Kinbreack|
|SUN 16th||Kinbreack – NN005 972 – NN008 983 - east along River Kingle – Lochan – NH104 001 - Eilean Mhorair – Tomdoun||40, 34||20||350||Tomdoun|
|MON 17th||Tomdoun – NH192 023 (cross bridge) – Torr na Carraidh – Greenfield – Allt Ladadh (NH230 003) – Glenluie - easter Mandally – Portmacdonett - Bridge of Oich – Fort Augustus||34||30||300||Fort Augustus|
|TUE 18th||Fort Augustus – Melgarve Bothy – Garva Bridge||34,35||27||950||Garva Bridge|
|WED 19th||Garva Bridge – Sherrabeg – Drumgask Fm – Catlodge – Mains of Glentrum – Phones – Lubleathann – Kingussie (This is a day I could easily decide to break into two with a stop at Monadhliath Hotel.)||35||31||600||Kingussie|
|THU 20th||Kingaussie - Tormie Bridge – Feshiebridge – Loch Gamhna – Cairngorm Club Footbridge||35, 36||23.5||250||Cairngorm Club Footbridge|
|FWA to Braemar goes through Glen Feshie. Kingussie (NH757 005) to Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy (NN847 928)||35||16||Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy|
|FRI 21th||Cairngorm Club Footbridge - Larig Ghru – Corrour Bothy jct – White Bridge Trail jct – Luibeg – Derry Lodge||36, 43||23.3||650 / 550||Derry Lodge|
|FWA Ruigh-aiteachain Bothy (NN847 928) – White Bridge – Mar Lodge.||35, 42, 43||29||800||Mar Lodge|
|SAT 22nd||Derry Lodge – Claybookie – Mar Lodge – Braemar.||43||12||120||Braemar|
|FWA Mar Lodge – Braemar||43||6||100||Braemar|
|SUN 23rd||Braemar – Lochcallater – Jock's Road – Glendoll Lodge – Clova Hotel||43, 44||32||600 /900||Clove Hotel|
|FWA Braemar – Invergelder – Balmoral – Ballater||44||22||350||Ballater|
|MON 24th||Clova Hotel – Green Hill – Craig Turner – West Migvie – Tarfside||44||21.3||800||Tarfside|
|FWA Ballater – Craig Vallich – Shiel of Glentanar - Mount Keen (if summit if undoable follow path from Craig Vallich past Hare Cairn; bit shorter that way) – Auchronie - Tarfside||44||20||800||Tarfside|
|TUE 25th||Tarfside - Fernybank – Holmhead – Edzell – NO602 690 – Arnhall - Northgate – North Water Bridge.||44, 45||26||250||North Water Bridge|
|WED 26th||North Water Bridge – Marymill – Hill of Morphie - St. Cyrus. Follow road past Maines Gallery and cross major road at (NO684 649, 4.6km). Regain smaller raod at (NO686 652, 5.1km) at Marymill. East at junction near Mrophie (NO710 641, 8.0km), NE then East over Hill of Morphie to St. Cyrus||45||12.5||100||Montrose|
|Total kilometers non-FWA Route||290.6|