Christmas Weekend Boat of Garten

Social Distancing being observed at Loch Morlich

We were very lucky as the forecast was poor and we were blessed after a massive snow dump on the Thursday evening which left the Cairngorms area with plenty of good snow. Due to the ongoing restrictions we had to change our venue to Boat of Garton, which was in tier 1. Everybody arrived on the Friday evening and enjoyed an unusual experience – we were allowed alcohol in the bar.

The Saturday walk was a circuit of the Corbett Meall a’ Bhuachaille. We took the less conventional way via Loch Morlich and around the back of Glenmore Lodge. The going was hard as the snow at this altitude was slushy. We had a lunch break at the Ryvoan Bothy but instead of sitting inside we brought the chairs outside because by this time the weather was clear and mild. On climbing up the hill, the snow was a lot firmer and this meant it was much easier underfoot. There was no views at the very top as the cloud was at about 500 metres. Once we all made our way up we didn’t hang around too long before descending straight down to the cars.

After the late booking and under the circumstance the Boat Inn provided us with good food and drinks (the mulled cider was particularly popular). It was not the usual Christmas get together this year, but at least we could get together!

A small group had a pleasant walk in the Anagach Woods near Granton on Spey before heading home.

Mark outside Ryvoan Bothy