Hill: Stob an Aonaich Mhoir
Date: Saturday 27th December 2008
Company: Just me
Time: 6h 40mins
Having over-dosed on turkey and trimmings on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I set off from home at 05:00 this morning, heading for Loch Rannoch, with a view to undertaking a good walk.
It was quite a chilly morning, with the car thermometer reaching as low as -9C en-route.
I fortunately arrived at Loch Rannoch just in time to catch a beautiful sunrise.
Sunrise at Loch Rannoch:
I parked in a small car park, at the edge of Loch Rannoch, opposite the Rannoch Power Station
After climbing a small fence, to get in, I followed the track running alongside three large pipes. I crossed a small bridge over the pipes to get to the other side of them.
Power Station pipes:
I then crossed circa 0.5km of grass to reach the main tarmac road.
After 5km of tarmac, I passed the Loch Ericht dam.
Loch Ericht dam:
Next I passed a small ruin marked on the map as Ruighe Ghlas.
With about 6km of tarmac walked and another 6km to go before heading uphill, not to mention the 12km of tarmac on the way back, I was already finding it hard-going on my feet.
Stob an Aonaich Mhoir has a number of tops before the main one. Carn Dearg looks to be the finest of all the tops.
Sron a’Chlaonaidh of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir:
Carn Dearg of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir:
It was with great relief that I eventually left the tarmac road and started the grassy ascent of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir.
Ascent of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir:
The ridge was bitterly cold. Unfortunately, the summit was capped with cloud so I got very little in the way of views.
Loch Ericht from Stob an Aonaich Mhoir ridge:
Approaching summit cairn of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir:
Summit in Cloud:
On the way down, the cloud cleared just long enough to get a view of the Fara.
View towards the Fara:
The walk out seemed to take forever. Although I don’t use a bike, I was wishing
I had taken one on the way back.