Corrieyairick – the northern boundary

8th March 2024

(Above) The General Wade bridge over the upper Spey beyond Garvamore. It’s a bit of an ancient monument now having been built in 1732.  (Actually, I think it might be listed?..Yep, just checked: Category A) but still in use and rated for a maximum traffic load of 7.5 tonnes.  Snow covered small outlier peaklets to the north of Carn Liath in the background. Little known fact: the official name of the bridge is St.George’s Bridge after..err..the patron saint of England. (Not strong on diplomacy were they, the Hanoverians.)


(Above) General Wade’s road: the final approach to the summit of the Corrieyairick Pass. 770m. Actually, there’s snow only across the ‘road’ close to the summit, the switchbacks on the eastern side are pretty much clear of old snow apart from a few slivers here and there.


(Above) The Corrieyairick bealach. Left hand skyline at circa 850m. Snow cover up here on the SAIS Creag Meagaidh northern boundary reflects pretty well the cover over on our core area. Largest accumulations at the moment are on NW through N to E aspects and are now composed of firm or crusty snow-ice. Just a trace of very thin windslab where I was today.


(Above) Looking S towards the Creag Meagaidh/Carn Liath massif. A break in the enveloping cloud cap allowed a not very well resolved shot of the Min Choire, with Sron Coire a Chriochairein (SCaC) the highest point on the skyline. You can just make out the right>left trending line that eventually becomes the Min Window to the left of the SCaC summit area.


(Above) Meall Garbh (anglicised to Melgarve on OS maps). The last (semi?)permanent dwelling in Speyside, with the rounded hump of Meall a Chaorainn Mor in the background.

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