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Last updated: 23/04/11


Glen Isla to Spittal of Glenshee
10 Apr, 2011

On Sunday 10th of April 2011, 20 Cairngorm Club Members and 27 folk from the Stocket Hillwalking Club shared a large coach for a traverse of the Mounth from Glen Isla to Glenshee. The forecast was for a stoater of a day and so it turned out. We had sun, very light winds, a harr and a temperature of around 20C.


The day did not pass entirely without event, however these are stories for another time and another place. Two  highlights were the big smile on our coach drivers face after some nifty turning of the 51 seater coach at the road-end and a 74 year old club member who managed two Munros and two Tops despite thinking he was now a one trick (or one Munro) pony. Well done Willie .....


What follows is a mostly pictorial account of the President’s Party Route which went out past Tulchan Lodge, across the Glas Burn and up the Monega Hill, onto and over Little Glas Maol before ascending Glas Maol, Creag Leacach and Leacach’s South West. Total trip time was 6 hours and 35 minutes.


President’s Party gathered at Auchavan


Party leader taking the photo above


Setting out up Glen Isla


Monega Hill from Glen Isla


Scottish Rights of Way sign and Monega Hill


Looking back to Monameanach from Monega Hill


Creag Leacach from Monega Hill


Caenlochan Glen


Late breakfast/early lunch on Monega Hill


Canness Glen (right) and Caenlochan Glen (left)


Tramping o’er the Mounth – on the Monega Road


Snow at the head of Caenlochan Glen


After 3 hours of walking most folk reached the top of Glas Maol.


The rather flat and grassy Glas Maol


Glas Maol – Trig point and summit shelter


Carn an Tuirc (left) and Cairn of Claise (right) from Glas Maol


Creag Leacach from the north east


There is a small howff (or shelter) on the ridge out to Creag Leacach. It’s not much to write home about but it does give protection from the elements…


The Leacach Howff


Inside “The Howff”

Creag Leacach and not much of a snow cornice

Looking back to Glas Maol

Creag Leacach (standing room only ! ! !)

The final pull up Creag Leacach with Glas Maol behind

The Cairnwell

Happy hillwalkers leaving Creag Leacach (the slabby rock)

A substantial dyke runs the length of the march over Creag Leacach and beyond.


The Wa’

Glas Maol and Creag Leacach from the South West Top

Looking back to Creag Leacach

Heading for Spittal of Glenshee

“Are we nearly there yet ?”

Yes we are… a welcome drink in the spring sunshine

Bus sharing works and the result is often a most memorable and rewarding day on the hill ..... thank you all for another stoater of a day.

Authors - Derek Beverley
Photos - Derek Beverley & Colin Brown