Climb the popular mountains of Driesh and Mayar, and descend through the stunning Corrie Fee located at the end of Glen Clova. It's a great day out walking for anyone wanting to experience the Scottish outdoors.
Our route takes us from the Glendoll Rangers Station to the top of Winter Corrie up by the Scorrie (the steep shoulder that looks over the carpark), a great way to get height quickly. From the viewpoint above Winter Corrie we head south and up the long slope to the summit of Driesh. This leg gives ample opportunity to see a good selection of our local flora and hopefully some wildlife too soaring above our heads, but more likely under our feet. We’ll stop for snacks and tea or coffee in the stone wind-break on the summit and the obligatory photos on the top at the trig point.
Once refueled we head off to the saddle shape between Driesh and Mayar, called a bealach or col. From here we can see down Kilbo path, one of the escape routes off the tops in bad weather. We head over flatter, peaty ground between the two munros and soon arrive at the last slopes up to the second munro of the day, Mayar.
We’ll find a spot to take in the views and stop for lunch and some photo opportunities.
There are views east and north over the Cairngorm plateau which extends for many miles. If there is prior agreement then this is where the route continues to Tom Buidhe and Tolmount, otherwise we head north to look for the stream that becomes the Fee Burn that indicates the weakness in the corrie rim and the route down.
Once we change direction into the Corrie we’re soon rewarded with a steep slope that opens up the view to the forest below and a waterfall on our left. As we lose height down the steep path we’re afforded a better view of the waterfall. Once on the floor of the Corrie we can look back up some of the gullies that are climbed in summer and winter and keep our eyes peeled and ears open for signs of the Golden Eagles that are often seen there.
All too soon we enter the forest, and the Corrie closes behind us as we head down the track that winds its way right back to the Rangers Station. Once here we can share some photos of our experience and… plan the next trip
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