The Path to the Lairig Ghru

By Rob Pointon

The Path to the Lairig Ghru

The Lairig Ghru is the best-known hillpass in Scotland. It climbs to an altitude of 835 metres and crosses through the central Cairngorms, one of the wildest areas in the country. I was well placed to walk into the Lairig Ghru from the lodge, and this painting shows the last tree on the route in from Rothiemurcas forest. I thought the tree was a good character in its self. Over this ridge the wind picked up making painting difficult. The lodge manager had said an eagle was nesting in the Lairig Ghru and had been spotted recently. I was hoping I might catch a glimpse whilst stood in one place observing all day, but no luck this time.

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