I headed out to try and find Cluny Macpherson’s cave on the cliffs of Creagh Dubh today. It was pleasant with some blue sky and cold winds. The going was steep and there were only goats and roe deer on the hillside with me. It was going to be a tough quest.
On my way up I had a thorough explore on some vegetated and very slippery slabs and goat tracks, not to mention the rough scree slopes under the moss and bracken. In the end I was not having much luck so I headed to the top of Creagh Dubh for a breather and to get some help from a friend (cheers Simon!). The views were lovely with the remains of the snow picking out the gradients on the Monadhiath, Creag Meagaidh and the cloudy Cairngorms.
After a chat with Simon I headed back down to continue my search on yet more greasey rock and vegetation, whilst buzzards and ravens cruised above me. In the end I abandoned my search with no joy on locating the cave despite being in the right neck of the woods. I was out-foxed by Cluny’s Cave this time, but I will be back.
I actually took a peek in the climbing guides for Creagh Dubh and none of them show Cluny’s cave at all which is odd, you’d think it was a prominent feature up there. Well I will be back but maybe with a rope and a rack to do the crag justice and venture along yet more narrow goat ledge tracks!