Great pic’s as usual and the Contrail was looking good. Once you cross the river and climb up towards Loch an Daimh, the worst is over. Hi Fraser – That’s the plan but after a trip to see the Consultant today it might be in doubt – if I miss it it will break a 16 year run. I'm an experienced wild camper (not the vanlife sort), and have an opportunity to wild camp on Mull this weekend (unless new restrictions are introduced this week!). Stuchd an Lochain (pronounced:stooch an lochan) is located east of Bridge of Balgie, to the south of the Loch an Daimh reservoir, within the long meandering Glen Lyon in Scotland. You do not need to book a camping permit to camp anywhere in the National Park between 1st October and 28th February. Great report Fraser and always the photographs are excellent. Another confusing lochan. The road then heads steeply uphill to the north before swinging westwards and the northwards alongside the Loch an Daimh Mor. Loch an Daimh and the Wannigan of Doom Part 2 Having seen a flat grass area towering above us as we passed the second promontory, we decided to retreat and seek a campsite there. The peak is classified as a Sco… The PHD Minimus Vest was great over a windshirt, one or twice when the wind got up I fantasised about the hood and sleeves on my Rab Infinity, but I wasn’t cold. Contact . I headed for the steep slopes of Meall Cruinn picked a slow but direct route up through the heather. I had a quick breakfast and packed up. This guy did your round in one day! Looking at the photos the hills you walked make fine backpacking terrain. Although usually I have one eye on diesel costs when planning weekend trips So I usually never go further than Cairngorms or Ft Bill. Stuchd an Lochain. From the cairn I could see I had uninviting prospect of picking my way through the peat hags which stretched out before me all the way to Meall Buidhe. Loch Maree was ambitious for us because it was all four of us and a 4/5 day duration. You need to pitch with the rear into the wind, if it changes to be transverse, you might have problems as their are no guys, only peg elastic on the sides. A camping permit allows you to camp anywhere within your chosen permit area – you are not allocated a specific space. Michio Kaku’s Parallel Worlds is a bit more pulpy but you might like that as well. (Just two of us and two dogs walking to-day). Fortunately I didn’t have the smell as it was just the start of the warm weather. Follow the Allt na Clar Lochan till it meets Rappach Water and follow upstream W to Loch Sail. Thanks for the cosmological book – I’ll take a look. A permit allows you to camp anywhere within your chosen permit area. Knockdamph bothy sits close to the head of Loch an Daimh and is mostly used as shelter for hikers on the Cape Wrath Trail or those seeking solitude. I was thinking that. 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