Fiacaill Ridge

© Alex Rambles
I have often heard the landscape of the Cairngorms described as featureless. But this is doing it an injustice. One glance at the northern corries of Corie an t-Sneachda and Corie an Lochan and I was smitten with the fierce climbers' crags and the rocky crest that divided them. Plenty of features here. The crest in question is Fiacaill Ridge, a high spur that narrows dramatically and rises towards the summit of Cairn Lochan. It can either be a grade one or grade two scramble (I/II in winter) depending on how bold you are feeling and there are a few vertigo inducing sections. In full winter, with driving winds and plummeting temperatures, it feels brilliantly adventurous. This was a gloriously dramatic way onto the high Cairngorm plateau.