• An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir

    The final Munros in the Cairngorms and the most remote.

    The long walk in from the carpark at the Linn of Dee begins the 25 mile round. It follows estate roads that make for quick pasage using a mountain bike but the walk is a leisurely one and reaches the ruins of Geldie Lodge in just over 2 hours when walking in the cool of first light.

    From the ruins the so called 'bulldozed track' has softened with time and forms a fine stalkers' path that concludes above the Allt a Chaorainn. The remoteness of the area is emphasised when the path is completely indistinct as it crosses a series of peat hags to reach heather covered slopes and is only rediscovered on the ridge of Carn an Fhidhleir where even here it is barely seen. Beating the clouds to the summit the views prove extensive being at the headwaters of the River Feshie, Geldie Burn and Tarf Water.

    The onward route once more is indistinct but proves a quick way up onto the summit of An Sgarsoch. From here the way lies back down to the track above Geldie lodge via the shoulder of Scarsoch Bheag and once again negotiates a series of peat hags without paths.

    The outward route is now followed to return to the carpark at the Linn of Dee.

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