Walk: Creag Bheag & a red squirrel hunt

[One of Creag Bheag's summits, looking towards the Cairngorm Plateau]

This wander formed the full stop at the end of a two-day break for us in the lovely region of Badenoch. Creag Bheag is a shapely little hill with a plethora of cairns, separated from the snowy Monadhliath mountains by Loch Gynack. Head downhill from the summit and you'll have a great chance of spotting a few red squirrels.

[Peering down on Loch Gynack from the descent]

Name: Walk: Creag Bheag & a red squirrel hunt ★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 270 metres
Main summits: Creag Bheag (487 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park off Gynack Road, Kingussie, G.R.: NH 756007 ///donation.flames.cello

Route: Car park - Creag Bheag - Loch Gynack - Tom Baraidh woodland - Kerrow Cottage - Kingussie - start
Terrain: Slightly wet path on ascent, excellent but steep path for descent. Clear forestry paths and tracks lower down. Covering of slushy snow on north-facing slopes.
Wildlife today: Red squirrel upon departing Kingussie. Treecreepers busy... treecreeping in Tom Baraidh forest. Sheep.
Weather today: Cloudy with the odd glimpse of brightness. Rain threatening, but held off until the last few minutes. Breezy on the summit, but a few degrees above freezing.


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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