Hills: Carn Garbh
Date: Friday 15th February 2019
Company: Just myself
Distance: 18.5km, Ascent: 780m
Time: 5Hrs 10Mins


After work yesterday, I drove to Brora where I parked-up for the evening. This morning I was treated to a beautiful sunrise.

Pre-sunrise at Brora:


Pre-sunrise at Brora:


Shortly after 08:00, I drove to Gordonbush for an ascent of Carn Garbh, a Sub2000ft Marilyn north of Brora.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Once suited and booted, I set off along the track through a lovely forest. It was a beautiful morning, far better than had been forecast.

View towards Beinn Smeorail from just beyond Gordonbush:


The nice forest unfortunately did not last long and I was soon onto a typical over-sized windfarm track. The good track was however a pleasure to walk on compared to what was yet to come.

Beinn Smeorail:


On reaching Breach-achadh, I passed a small herd of H'lan Coos. During my many years of walking, I have never had any problems with H'lan Coos. They are lovely docile animals. I can't say the same for normal cows having been attacked previously.

Looking back towards Carrol Rock:


On approaching the windfarm, I was treated to an array of over-sized Health and Safety signs each demanding compliance. I just ignored them as I am sure they are meant for SSE workers.

Heading for the Gordonbush Windfarm:


As I progressed along the track, I could see a large bird heading in my direction. My initial thought was, "It's a Buzzard". Then, "That's no Buzzard". My camera was grabbed out of its case and I was able to fire off a few shots before it passed by. I had my fingers-crossed at least one of the pics would come out in focus as the auto-focus on my Canon 18-200mm lens is currently playing-up and needs repaired.

Golden Eagle:


Golden Eagle:


I watched the Eagle as it soared away into the distance. What a marvellous bird.

From the highlight of the walk, to the walk low-point, I entered the windfarm! A windfarm of 35 turbines which in walking through sounded like an airport. I am not a fan of turbines on the hills but do prefer them to nuclear. Please, please, please just keep them competely away from the North-West Highlands!

Entering the windfarm:


On reaching one of the turbines, I left the excellent windfarm tracks and entered tussocks from hell. I took my time to avoid hurting my already knackered knees dropping down to a small burn and then ascending to the col between Meallan Liath Mor and Meallan Liath Beag. From the col, I had to lose a fair bit of height dropping down to another burn before commencing my ascent of Sron Garbh.

During the ascent, I aimed for the co-ordinates of a Vickers Wellington R1093 wreck which crashed on 30th July 1941. The crew were on a navigation training flight from RAF Lossiemouth when they flew into Carn Garbh kiling four out of six on board.

There are small pieces of wreckage over a sizeable area with most of the wreckage in two spots.

Vickers Wellington R1093 wreckage:


Vickers Wellington R1093 wreckage:


After spending some time looking at the wreckage I continued on to the summit of Carn Garbh. It was great to see Morven from the summit, a fantastic Graham.

At the summit of Carn Garbh:


Morven from the summit of Carn Garbh (zoom):


It was also nice to see Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beag, two good Marilyns located in flow-country near Forsinard.

Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beag from the summit of Carn Garbh (zoom):


I returned via approximately the same route, again passing the wreckage in descent.

Heading back towards the windfarm:


Passing the wreckage again in descent:


During the walk out I was surprised to meet two other walkers heading for Carn Garbh. They were also heading to see the plane wreck prior to attaining the summit.

Breach-achadh:


It was good to get back to the van and get the boots off. 18.5km distance and 780m ascent for a wee Marilyn was more than anticipated. Not the most interesting of hills but glad I did it or I would not have seen the eagle.