Driesh and Mayar

Hey Folks, I always think that its good to mix things up every now and then, so this week, instead of the usual recipe on a Thursday today I’m bringing you some of the stunning views that Liam and I were lucky enough to see when we climbed the two Scottish Munros (mountains in Scotland which have a height over 3,000 ft / 914.4 m), Driesh and Mayar on Saturday 21st February.

Corrie Fee

I was so happy that the weather was so good (albeit very cold) as it was Liam’s first Munro climb and generally when people go out on their first adventures into the Scottish mountains, if the weathers been good the first time, they’ll always remember that time and do more in the future, despite all the bad weather they’ll face on future climbs.

So anyway, I hope you enjoy the below. 🙂

We started our day leaving Dundee just after 7am. I’m extremely grateful to Liam in finding a coffee shop soon after as I hadn’t had any since getting up that morning!

Corrie Fee

On arrival at the car park, situated at the head of Glen Clova, we started at about 8.30am walking on forest paths to get to Corrie Fee (above) which is a truly dramatic massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it’s a National Nature Reserve and this is where we start our climb.

Looking Back Corrie Fee

Looking back to the tree line, where we started, you can see the path just coming in on the right. The ice is up to an inch thick on it so it pays to be extremely careful.

Approaching summit of Corrie Fee

At this point, we’ve climbed about ¾ of the way up to the plateau now, it’s a pretty steep climb. In some parts there is no recognisable path.

Approaching summit of Corrie Fee North

The sun is so bright and I think it was actually at this point Liam and I realised we should have brought our sunglasses or at least ski masks. Looking at the snow too long could result in snow blindness! 😎

Waterfall Top of Corrie Fee

That is usually a pretty raging waterfall, but it’s reduced to only a slight run, where it’s not completely frozen up.

Near Summit Corrie Fee

The view back is absolutely stunning and completely breath taking despite the bitter cold.

Looking Back Summit Corrie Fee Liam

At this point we’ve reached the plateau and we now begin our climb to the summit of our first Munro, Mayar.

Ascent to Mayar Sun

I thought I’d chance taking a photograph of the sun coming over Mayar. I made sure I wasn’t looking through the view finder. I needed my eyesight to get me back down! ❗

View to Lochnagar

Once you’ve reached the plateau there is a gentler slope to climb to Mayar, and looking North West you can see all the way over to another Munro, Lochnagar which is near the Queens Highland home of Balmoral Castle.

Liam Summit of Mayar

Liam stands on top of his first Munro, Mayar which is 928m. It was at this point he realised it was a mistake to take off his gloves! It took a good while before he was able to feel he had hands again! But I’m pretty sure that Scotch egg was worth it. I wouldn’t know I never got any. 😛

Ascent to Driesh Liam

Here you can see the summit of Mayar in the background as we begin our climb to Driesh. However, it’s not all uphill as we need to go back down to the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo and climb up to the summit.

Looking back on descent via Shank of Drumfellow

That diagonal line that you can see in the picture above is the path leading downwards from the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo, seen as we look over our shoulders climbing to the summit of Driesh.

Ascent to Driesh Liam Ice Axe

Liam shows off his guitar skills with my ice axe…………… 😆

Neil Top of Driesh

Finally we reach the summit of Driesh, 947m, at about 1pm, which is pretty much on time. I always like to summit around lunch time so that we’ve plenty of winter daylight to see us back down. This is certainly no place for a lunch stop though. The temperature is about -9 degrees C. The wind chill factor making it minus double digits degrees C!

Head of Corrie Kilbo

The summit of Driesh can be seen in the far distance as we’ve made our way back down to start our descent on the path downwards from the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo.

It’s descending on this path that we actually meet some of our worst conditions of the day. Icy deep snow at some points on 45 degree slopes leading to a steep drop to the glen below. It’s a very carefully picked descent taken using an ice axe and making a solid footing before proceeding.

Eventually we were glad to be at the bottom, that last part was fairly exhausting. Then a meandering walk down through the trees of a forestry plantation to the car park, where we arrived back at 3pm. Not bad timing at all.

Liam and Neil second Munro Driesh

Hope you enjoyed the photographs as much as we had such an amazing day.

We have begun talking about a possible ascent of Ben Nevis for summertime this year. Maybe even camping in Glen Nevis (woohoo wine and tents involved) and taking the ladies with us! Watch this space for that possible weekend away and more such antics in the hills and mountains of Scotland.

Finally with today being Thursday I like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons  to share with you what’s going on over there!

See you Sunday for what’s not cooking.

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Comments

  1. Now those views are absolutely breathtaking! You know how much I love the mountains, so I’m always more than happy to see pictures of them from different parts of the world. And I’m also super impressed that you hiked up there when it was that chilly! I can snowboard in that kind of weather, but I’m a little more wary of hiking it.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Amanda. Yep, we both definitely have a love for the mountains. And I’m always hungry to see more of your Canadian ones! 🙂

      It was cold and not a day for standing about too long, but when you get views and weather like what you can see I think you forgot just how cold it really was.

      Looking forward to bringing more photo’s in the near future to my blog as well as seeing more of yours! And maybe next year I’ll get skiing here again. Snowboarding is something I’ve never tried yet, but I would’t say no to it! 😀

  2. I can’t wait to move over in two weeks! Even though I live in New Hampshire at the moment and we’ve got mountains all over, the terrain in Scotland is so unique and gorgeous. Great photos! 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Erin 🙂 if you liked the look of these 2 “Munro” mountains there are another 280 to climb!

      Scotland’s just waiting for ya 😀

  3. that’s it, i’m coming to visit you next. Deal?

  4. Mate, those look amazing. When you’re here, I’ll take you hiking…up the hill to an amazing Lebanese restaurant 😉
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  5. Just incredible. It has been so long since I have been hiking, but I used to really like it. The only hiking around here is to the grocery store and back. I haven’t hiked in cold climates, either–I have hiked in Hawaii, which was incredible!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Susie, and there’s nothing wrong with hiking to the grocery store, especially if its for a few beers 😉

      I’d love to hike in Hawaii! I’ve hiked around Australia, Wilsons Prom now THAT was amazing, camping out under the stars too! 😀

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