Walk: Not far to Farleitter Crag
|[View across Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag with the high Cairngorms beyond]|
The wooded expanse stretching from Glenmore to Glen Feshie is one of the largest areas of ancient Scots pine forest left in the UK. A short and steep climb to Farleitter Crag gives awesome views across miles of forest canopy, with the barren Cairngorms and Monadhliath plateaus rising beyond. A cluster of marshy lochans (the Uath Lochans, with "uath" pronounced as "wah") at the foot of the hill adds birdwatching opportunities to a walk that somehow feels more like a slice of Canada than Scotland.
|[The panorama from Farleitter Crag shows the full extent of Inshriach Forest]|
Name: Walk: Not far to Farleitter Crag ★★★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 130 metres
Main summits: Farleitter Crag (340 metres)
Points of interest: Uath Lochans (Hawthorn lochans)
Start / finish: Car park off minor road in Inshriach Forest 2 miles south of Kincraig, G.R.: NH 835023 ///slip.overpower.photo
Route: Car park - path around east side of the two north-east lochans, north side of southern (largest) loch, to track junction at G.R.: NH 834021 - Farleitter Crag - Badenoch Way to G.R.: NH 828029 - start. Route marked in white / red here (start point 5) except for first section.
Terrain: Good level paths around the lochans with boardwalk sections; steep climb to summit on track then path; tracks and paths for return.
Wildlife today: Several deer in the forest on descent from Farleitter Crag. This is a good walk for spotting red squirrels.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy, only a few degrees above freezing but dry; breezy on the summit with melting snow visible on higher ground.
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)