Corrie Fee, The Cairngorms

Corrie Fee, The Cairngorms

On the southern edge of the Cairngorm National Park is Corrie Fee, Scotland’s most dramatic glacial valley. To get here head to the southern edge of the Cairngorn National Park to the breathtaking Glen Clova, and then park at the Glen Doll Ranger Centre. Take the forest path beside the White Water. As you climb to the head of the valley, the mountains, including the crags of Craig Rennet, close in on all sides, dwarfing you by their sheer scale.

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The forest path winds along the Fee Burn, getting ever closer to the huge wall of the corrie where a waterfall pours over the cliff. Swollen with snowmelt, this quiet, remote landscape is filled with roaring, tumbling noise – you can truly see why corrie in Gaelic also means ‘cauldron’.

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Corrie Fee was formed by a glacier driving the softer rock ahead of it down the valley, forming the huge cliffs, loosening huge slabs of rocks and leaving behind heather covered ‘moraines’. Corrie Fee is a designated National Nature Reserve and in summer, the enclosure of the glen means the glen is filled with alpine plants, willows and rare flowers.

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Climb up the side of the waterfall for a truly incredible view back down the glen.

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From the waterfall, you can return back to the car park, or for those with more energy (and the right walking gear) the steep path eventually reaches the Cairngorm plateau where you can climb to the summits of Mayar and Driesh, a pair of Munros. The Cairngorm Plateau is the UK’s largest area of high mountains and the views stretch for miles – in winter watch out for Mountain Hares.

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Can you spot the tiny people climbing the ridge of Driesh?

We climbed both Driesh and Mayar – out 11th and 12th Munros!

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You might spot that on this trip I’m using a pair of Antishock Walking Poles c/o Leki. I find climbing down hills an issue – especially on my hips and knees. They are also rather good for scrambling, checking for bogs and ice and generally pointing at things! ou will spot people walking with poles everywhere on the Munros, for good reason – they are a lifesaver. It is not often that I am left truly, truly speechless – Corrie Fee, my photos just can’t your landscape the justice it really deserves.

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Love, from Scotland x

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12 Comments

  1. 23/03/2017 / 10:56 am

    beautiful landscape #farawayfiles

  2. 23/03/2017 / 3:14 pm

    This is amazing! I love the cairngorms! I can’t wait for the good weather to hit so I can head back up there 🙂 #FarawayFiles

  3. Wherejogoes
    23/03/2017 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts about the Munros. Those views are stunning – worth the hike! #FarawayFiles

  4. 23/03/2017 / 7:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos, would love to do this walk. I’ve never managed to get on with walking poles but I know plenty of people who would never walk without them. #Farawayfiles

  5. 23/03/2017 / 9:05 pm

    The views from the Cairngorm Plateau are absolutely incredible. So were the teeny tiny people negotiating the ridge. Big respect to them and I am very glad you had your trusty poles! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  6. 24/03/2017 / 1:24 pm

    Beautiful photos! I think I need to add some Munro’s to my to do list, we’re looking at Ben Nevis this summer, but Caingorn’s looks gorgeous too.

  7. 24/03/2017 / 9:18 pm

    I was just saying this morning how much I love Scotland! Stunning photos! #farawayfiles

  8. 26/03/2017 / 3:15 pm

    This is so stunningly beautiful! I’ve been to Scotland just once, but for a month – and have seen just a tiny bit of its beauty. Your photos of Corrie Fee make want to pack my backpack right now! 😀

    Happy hiking!
    Ioanna (A Woman Afoot)

  9. 29/03/2017 / 6:54 pm

    GAH. So stunning. It feels a little like Oregon! Oh I miss hills and crags and boulders and epic landscape. Clearly need to get outside of Copenhagen! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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