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Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?


Hi Ramona

I have a couple of close up pictures of that area (and the deer fence) taken when I was having a look at the little crags on Creag na Caillich - looking for climbs.
The ground by the Allt nan Laghair is rough heather, the fence was easy enough to climb. I'll post the pictures for you on the facebook page. Overall it might be easier loop around by the track but your way would be more adventurous.

Willie

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?

Hi Willie,

first of all, thank you very much for the pictures, which we received!
I am not a short person, but this fence looks like it might be taller than me! :D Not sure how I would cross this thing without doing damage to either it or myself... I'm sure there's an art to it, but I am an absolute novice in all things deer fence.

Thanks again for your help!
Ramona

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?



This is Phil Lambert & Mick Coady from 2001, taken with my back to the deer fence you mention. We were encouraged to try the route you mention by a Justly Distinguished Vetter.

We wondered at the time what we had done to upset him...

Though looking back with hindsight, it wasn't that bad compared to a lot of the scrapes we've got ourselves into.

TIP: Keep to ground away from the stream, as it's a bit gorgey. Boggy, but less gorgey.

:slightly_smiling_face:

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?

Alan Sloman


This is Phil Lambert & Mick Coady from 2001, taken with my back to the deer fence you mention. We were encouraged to try the route you mention by a Justly Distinguished Vetter.

We wondered at the time what we had done to upset him...

Though looking back with hindsight, it wasn't that bad compared to a lot of the scrapes we've got ourselves into.

TIP: Keep to ground away from the stream, as it's a bit gorgey. Boggy, but less gorgey.

:slightly_smiling_face:


HOLY @~*&% Lord Elpus looks young.

I never realised he was EVER that young 😨

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?

Hi Alan,

thank you for your reply! Haha, that sounds like it was type 2 fun.
We are playing it really safe with our route, but I guess dealing with the unknown and surprising is what a challenge is for. Looks like you definitely enjoyed the route. :)

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?

Ramona,

I can't help you on the north side of the loch, but have walked the south side of the loch twice, both times in glorious sunshine on easy trails with lovely views over the loch and enjoyed it immensely. I guess I'm not as adventurous as your vetter!

Whichever side of the loch you come down, the path up the allt garbh will be one of the muddier sections of your crossing! Its only 1.5km of muddy path until you reach a landrover track, but if it's been a wet spring, you'll enjoy the experience!!

Re: Crossing Loch Affric and on to Cougie?

The north side of the loch is a lovely walk on a more rugged path to start (it becomes well made and maintained further along) with what can at times be an exciting river to cross, Allt Coulavie. I've walked it many times. I've also walked the southern track many times and enjoyed it. You might find that, on the day, the weather, the company you have, your mood, all sorts of things might sway you at the decision point which way you go.