Creag Meagaidh is a great swathe of cliffs and deep corries when seen from the A86. However, I had the chance to go in from the Braeroy side this week. This approach gives a rather different aspect to the massif in excellent clear conditions, after watching it act as ‘the weathershed on the watershed’
. I followed a path up from Braeroy up the side of the Burn of Agie, which gave me fine view of the various bealachs that cut through the main body of the ridge. Rising up out of the peat hags into the area of corrie lochans below ‘The Window’ (Uinneag Coire Ardair), the landscape and vegetation took on the familiar aspects of the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms.
As I intersected the path that provides the route-more-travelled from Aberarder across the Munros, I began to encounter people heading to and from the main summit to the east. To add to the sport, there are a number of cairns before the main summit. One marks the East top at 1115 m, a massive cairn, known as Mad Meg’s cairn, on account of the story that it is the grave of a woman who committed suicide and was thus denied burial in the kirkyard. I finally made it to the summit where a fellow walker was having his pieces (sandwiches to the hard-of-Scots). I carried on westwards, descending back to the solitude of the peat hags with three ravens for company and thus homewards.