Last Wednesday we set off from Fascadale, on another disappointingly grey day, to follow the burn called Allt a Choire Chreagaich to its source. The route, as seen on the OS map, isn't difficult but....
here), the going was much less heavy.
Craigard Croft, but we only use it to find accurate grid references for archaeological sites and in case of emergency. This wasn't exactly an emergency but, to save any further red faces, we sat down and turned it on. We were several hundred metres to the east of where we were supposed to be, on the stream which is shown on the map between the Allt a Choire Chreagaich and the Allt Fascadale. The situation was easily remedied: having admired the first of this year's ling flowers, we turned west and walked up over the ridge to where we were supposed to be.
The Allt a Choire Chreagaich rises in the nearer of these two small lochans, neither of which, sadly, have names on the map - though the area is called Coire Creagach, the rocky corrie. The nearer of the two is shallow and covered with what we thought were lilly pads - until we walked down to its shore and recognised the flowers of the bogbean. Having met bogbean for the first time on Monday's walk, and having had it identified for us by Diary readers, we were thrilled, as it's a very pretty and delicate flower. To add to our pleasure, the damp land around the lochan was home to a several varieties of orchid.
The walk took 2.5 hours.
The cottages at Fascadale are available for rent though Ardnamurchan Estate.
An interactive map of the area is here.