Gameshope Donalds.

22nd October 2012.

Late October and probably one of the finest days of the year weatherwise,just perfect for hillwalking.It had been a while since I went out of my way to bag any new Donalds and a nice easy day should see me add another few to the tally.I`ll get the prize for the longest Donald round yet 🙂 Bob and I as usual along with Ron and John today.

No other cars were at Talla Linfoots today although there were a few late season cyclists bagging one of the top British hill climbs between the Talla and Megget reservoirs.Never seen a soul on the hills all day long.

We started straight up the steep skopes of Garelet Hill with a couple of photo stops looking down on the Talla and over to the hills on the other side.

Talla Linnfoots sheepfank.

Talla Linnfoots sheepfank.

Halfway up.

On Garelet Hill.

On Garelet Hill.

Looking down the Talla reservoir over towards the Culter hills from the summit of Garelet Hill.

Talla reservoir.

Talla reservoir.

It was an unforgiving ascent but at least all the hard stuff was out of the way for the day now and we were looking forward to a nice high level walk.

John heading off Erie Hill with Carlavin Hill and Molls Cleuch Dod on the other side of the glen.

Erie Hill.

Erie Hill.

Looking over the Fruid reservoir towards the Culter Fell hills.Wind farms everywhere nowadays it seems…

Fruid reservoir.

Fruid reservoir.

The towering summit cairn on Din Law 🙂

Din Law.

Din Law.

From Din Law we headed down to Gameshope Loch and the head of the burn for the homeward stretch.

Bob crossing the head of the Gameshope burn.

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A quick visit for a look at the Gameshope bothy on the way home.

Gameshope bothy.

Gameshope bothy.

Nice enough bothy but no fire.As the best part of bothying for me is sitting in front of a good blaze I doubt `ll ever spend the night here though.I`m guessing that it`s a condition set by the estate as part of the agreement withthe MBA which is probably for the best given the eay access from the road.

Plaque inside the bothy.

Memorial placque in Gameshope bothy.

Memorial placque in Gameshope bothy.

All that was left was a gentle walk back down the track to the car.

Walk out by the Gameshope burn.

Walk out by the Gameshope burn.

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6 Responses to Gameshope Donalds.

  1. The wind farms can be a bit intrusive, but we do like that area and have done a bit of wandering around there. We’ve also wild camped with our little motorhome several times on the shore of Megget reservoir – a lovely spot.

  2. McEff says:

    I don’t know that area at all, Alex, but you’ve got some fantastic pictures there.
    Cheers, Alen

  3. Those are truly beautiful photos – looked beautiful weather and gives them great light and calmness on the water – my favourite conditions for photos!

    Can’t see me tackling the Nuttalls (or even any other list in Scotland after the Munros as I’m getting sick of stomping round in clag) but some of those Lowlands/Borders hills look really nice…

  4. Absolutely awesome Ross … Thank you so much for sharing with your long lost Canadian cousin, Sharron.

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