Walking & Whisky 2 ~ Sgor Gaibhre & Carn Dearg ~ 16.04.2016
Who say’s DramVenturing is just for the guys? Last weekend, DramVenturer Kirsty took our mascot TJ for a walk up Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg in the Scottish Highlands…and of course, she sampled a wee dram along the way…
Mountains: Sgor Gaibhre & Carn Dearg
Distance: 21.75 kms
Ascent: 940 metres
OS Map NN356665
Fantastic weekend away at Corrour. TJ and I set off from Edinburgh before 8am and drove to Tyndrum where we caught the 10:30 train to Corrour.
A short walk from the station I set up the tent, had a spot of lunch and at 12:10 set off to climb Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. TJ and I followed the single track to Peter’s Rock and from there we struck up the hill to the ridge and up to the summit through a blizzard. Thankfully the weather cleared at the summit of Carn Dearg, just in time for us to take in the beautiful views.
From the summit we headed down to the bealach over patches of snow and then up to the second summit. This time on the descent the blizzard hit! We then headed round the north top and down towards the forest. I spotted a new hydro road that cut through the forest so we headed for that and then followed the estate road back the station along the bank of Loch Ossian.
We arrived back at the station where the newly reopened station house was serving food so I abandoned my stove and pasta for a venison burger and chips! A far better option! TJ and I then retired to our wild camp and watched the sun go down before settling in for a cold night.
In the morning we got up at 8:15 and packed away the things. TJ and I then went for a walk to the hostel on the bank of Loch Ossian to stretch our legs. We returned to the station house for a cooked breakfast – who says wild camping can’t be posh? After a lovely breakfast I took a bath and freshened up. Yes you can also have a bath there! A quick orange juice and it was time to catch the train back to Tyndrum and enjoy the beautiful views of rannoch moor! A fantastic overnight trip.
For this Dramventure I chose a bottle recently gifted to me Stathisla 12yo single malt. It’s a dram I hadn’t previously tasted and where better to try a new single malt than on a wild camp in the highlands.
Doing some research I discovered Strathisla is probably best known for its inclusion in the well known Chivas Regal blend. Strathisla 12 is the only single malt produced by the Strathisla distillery founded in 1786. The initial nose is sweet and soft with a hint of light oak, the taste is smooth and fruity. I found that there wasn’t depth much in the finish. Over all, a light single malt easily enjoyed and not at all overpowering. Might be a nice introduction for a novice. Good value at £30-£35 online!
Till next time…
A fantastic wee DramVenture Whisky and Walking review Kirsty…thanks very much.