EAST & WEST CAIRN FROM WEST LINTON - 4TH MAY 2014


Julia, Heather, Ian, Willie and Calum set off from Baddinsgill Farm with high spirits. The weather appeared much better than forecasted with low cloud but no sign of rain. We made our way up Faw Mount and found the wall which would guide us through the cloud for most of the day. After a short climb we soon reached the first trig point at the top of Mount Maw just in time for the cloud to clear, perfect photo opportunity.

All smiles at the first trig point.

All smiles at the first trig point.

The wall then led us over boggy ground towards Grain Heads hill and then onto The Mount where we eventually found some dry ground to have a bite to eat. The route ahead was becoming clearer and we could now see we still had several kilometres of undulating ground before we reached our first peak, East Cairn.

A clear view of the next peak

A clear view of the next peak

On the way we had to find routes through several areas of deep bogs, one in particular proved quite tricky and Ian ended up knee deep, unharmed but rather soggy! After a steep slog we found the large summit cairn which provided great shelter from the increasing wind. At this point Ian decided to relieve his tired feet by taking off his boots and soggy socks. After another bite to eat we all watched Ian make inventive use of dog poo bags to slip his feet back into his socks, he assured us all that they were unused. We headed down towards the Cauldstane Slap where Ian and Willie decided to take the Thieves Road back to the cars while the rest of us continued on up West Cairn.

The boys take the Thieves road back to the cars, they would soon be followed by the rest of the party as the weather deteriorated.

The boys take the Thieves road back to the cars, they would soon be followed by the rest of the party as the weather deteriorated.

The weather was starting to deteriorate so after reaching the summit we decided to head straight back down and also follow the Thieves Road back. A good day was had by all and this was only improved by a drink and in the Gordon Arms on the way home.