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I'm busy putting the finishing touches together for for route this year- Castle to Castle (Dornie to Dunnottar).
First day, walking from Dornie up past the Falls of Glomach and perharps onto Alltbeithe, but that is quite a long day on the first day.
From what information I have found out, there seems to be some decent camping spots just after the falls? This is perhaps a little shorter than I would like to get on the first day.
Between there and Alltbeithe- is there any other suitable spots we can camp at without sinking into a peatbog?!
In 2015 I camped with Emma at a spot just beyond the Falls of Glomach. 2017 I camped in Gleann Gniomhaidh. There are other places to camp in between too. You can see them on my blog and get a feel for the landscape in between
I camped at NH 024 255 - probably same as Robin + Emma. The ground between there and the head of Loch a' Bhealaich can be a tad grisly and wet.
Dornie to our camping spot above the Falls of Glomach is a reasonable first day. Beyond there and into Glen Affric is quite slow going although not too bad if you keep above the floor of the glen. It would be quite a long day to go much beyond the Falls of Glomach. The Falls of Glomach are well worth seeing.
How is the path that climbs up the the of the falls?
Ive heard of some conflicting reports, but im sure, that being an experienced hillwalker that it shouldnt be a problem.
I thought the path was pretty easy. A bit of exposure in places but nothing too serious. Might be a bit slippery in places in wet weather. It would be tricky in snow! If you’re experienced, you shouldn’t find it a problem. It was one of the highlights of my crossing.
I went up the path on last years challenge and I didn't find it to be much of a problem. As Robin says, there's a bit of exposure and my vettor warned me it could be tricky in high winds, but I didn't think it was that bad. I've done far worse!
As for camping, I did this last year and if you follow the river Abhainn Gaorsaic towards Loch Thuill you will find some nice firm bits to camp on.
Like Paul, I did the Falls and found it a lovely route. A couple of precarious bits but nothing especially challenging in decent weather, though some parts of the path were eroding rapidly. If you're starting at Dornie reaching Allbeithe will be doable due to the Glennan path + following path track being such a fast route, but note after the falls the ground becomes much slower and this may be bit of the slog if the weather is poor. That said, I'm a proponent of HYOH (Hike Your Own Hike) and your own pace/route plan will dictate what feels most comfortable.