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The Secret Howff

A four day tramp across the Cairngorms with the aim of finding the legendary secret Slugain Howff of the Fairy Glen. Built in 1952 to hide climbers and walkers from the factors and gamekeepers of the estate on which it was hidden, it was described by Tom Patey as one of the wonders of the Cairngorms, while today it is considered one of its worst kept secrets!

Located only metres from a major path it is all but invisible unless you can climb above it. I managed to find it after a short search (I was pretty sure I knew where to look) and spent the night enjoying the historic ambience.

The walk there was the real highlight, crossing the Braeriach plateau in a whiteout and enduring snow, frost, freezing winds and one beautiful blue-sky day as I traversed the Lairig Ghru. Britain is a tiny country with plenty of adventures crammed into it!

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Glencoe by Andy Belshaw
Via Flickr:
Buachaille Etive Mor (right), Beinn a'Chrulaiste (ahead), Lairig Gartain (below) from Buachaille Etive Beag. Summit camp on Stob Coire Rainach for 0436 sunrise.