Following the lack of snow and therefore no winter skills day on the hill, the suggestion was made to venture to Glen Tilt and to perhaps take in Carn a’Chlamain. The initial group of five was soon down to two for various reasons but Jim and I were still keen to head out. It was decided that we would indeed tackle the remote Munro of Carn a’Chlamain as it was one neither of us had done before.
Looking at the route options, and also being mindful of the daylight hours, it was decided that we would pump up the bike tyres and cycle the first 8 miles then tackle the hill from Forest Lodge. We parked at the car park near the Old Bridge of Tilt and we were on our way! We followed the estate road from the car park and I was pleased to see Marble Lodge five miles into the cycle.
Being the athletes that we are, we soon reached Forest Lodge where we said good bye to our trusty steeds and made our way up the hill. Once the initial steepness was over, it was a really pleasant walk on reasonably defined paths. The sky was blue and the views were spectacular with Beinn a’Ghlo looking impressive. Once we reached the very obvious track that continues up the ridge, there was a well placed cairn to indicate that we needed to turn left up the stony path to complete the final section to get to the summit.
Just before we got to the summit cairn I turned round to speak to Jim but I was lost for words!!! Unable to speak properly I had to point at the amazing scene before me – a Brocken Spectre.
We rushed to get our cameras out and took the obligatory shots (and may I add it looked even better in person). It lasted for about 3-4 minutes and this truly immense sight had us mesmerised. As we sat and had our lunch we spared a fleeting thought to those who couldn’t make the walk and possibly missed out on a once in a life time chance of seeing themselves in the middle of a Brocken Spectre!
We returned by the same route and the views down Glen Tilt were fantastic. Still on a high, the cycle flew by back to the car. The cycle/walk took us 7 hours and this included our lunch and a couple of stops to admire the scenery.
We can’t promise anymore Brocken Spectres in our company but we look forward to seeing you all again soon on the hills.