Though it looked fairly windy and cloudy, we decided to give it a bash and see what the day held. From the Glen Doll car park, the trail begins with an ascent through the forest. At the very beginning of this, we were treated to a group of red deer elegantly leaping down the hills before disappearing into the forest. Brilliant start! We continued up past where we saw the deer, and through the pine forest. It was a fairly steep start, with the odd flatter section (a good test of my fitness for Spain anyway!).
First summit: Driesh.
To begin, we walked across the flat plateau of the ridge, then immediately up a steep incline. Upon getting close to the top, my dad giggled away to himself: we’ve been fooled by a false summit (my dad and I have a track record of this). Thankfully there was just the one, and across one more flat plateau, the correct summit wasn’t too far! The clouds were rolling in when we got to the top, but we still had a good view even with a raincloud directly overhead, and there’s a good bit of shelter behind some stones, so we munched our lunch up there too!
Once we had descended from Driesh, we walked back along the ridge, and began to ascend Mayar.
Mayar looks like a huge blooming slog compared to Driesh! Though it’s smaller in height, it quite simply looked like a longer summit walk than Driesh did – and my legs and feet were beginning to ache. Turns out it’s a much faster climb than first thought, and we were treated to beautiful panoramic views, with no clouds directly above us! Well worth it!
I am so happy to have bagged my second and third munros – all in one day too! Definitely still needing some training before Spain, but I’m definitely feeling I’m getting there and my fitness has improved a lot. If you are interested in donating to the cause.
My goal is £1000, and all donations will go directly towards the EY Foundation. This wonderful charity aids young people all over the UK, helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds to be able to achieve their career goals, by working with many companies to offer work placements and experiences.