TGO Challenge 2017: Day 6 – Culra to Loch Cuaich


The weather today was really good. Rather than take the direct track from Culra I decided to go further on the track to Loch Pattack as I had not been that way before. This is a good track with an exciting wobbly bridge to cross. Loch Pattack is crystal clear and very beautiful, so this short detour was a good choice.




The wobbly bridge


The megablock building bricks

Then it was on the main track to Dalwhinnie. I plugged the music in again and plodded on. Occasionally there are very nice stone seats on the left of the track, so I aimed to have a short break on every third one. There is not much to see apart from the few amazing houses/lodges built beside the track. There has been no expense spared on this estate. The main house looks amazing with expensive paved driveway and who knows what the metal fence surrounding the estate must have cost to build. There must also be a clock tower in the grounds somewhere, as this chimed out the hour. There must also be some new buildings going up as there were crates with “lego blocks” near one of the houses and also near the railway.


After eventually reaching civilisation (if you can call Dalwhinnie civilisation), I got some supplies from the garage then headed into the Loch Ericht Hotel for food. The standard all day breakfast was just enormous and very welcome after eating dehydrated food and hamster bars for the last few days.

P1000255I phoned home (and TGO Control) then headed across the bridge to follow the viaduct to Loch Cuaich. About 1km from the loch there is a new large power station and lots of building activity. I camped at the head of the loch near a shed and just chilled out. I was tempted to do the Graham Creag Ruadh, but decided to leave this for another day as it is an easy day out from my house.

I was hoping to get some night photographs, but of course it rained in the evening and probably during the night as well.


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