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Lost Valley

By JohnParminter  
Coire Gabhail is a hidden hanging valley between the two ridges of Beinn Fhada (left) and Gear Aonach. It is the reputed hiding grounds for the clan McDonald's rustled cattle, how they actually got cattle in or out of it is anyone's guess?
The river that exits it is even hidden under a huge boulder and rock fall, moraine has bulit up behind the exit and forms a natural barrier. The valley floor is flat and grassy interspersed with shingle where the two soaring riges form a mystical amplitheatre.

I once descended into the valley after a long and hard day climbing over the far tops only to be astounded at the change in atmosphere and scenery within the valley.
It can be easily accessed from the main road if only a slight tricky bit crossing the river and boulder field at it's lip.

Coire nan Lochan is the wee valley on the right.


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: Chant57, piotro, rontear and 34 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
5 May 2010 8:36AM
Amazing beautiful landscape shot and Large really is great,very well taken.

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 May 2010 8:55AM
well worth viewing large for the details on those hills - good work John.
Regards Richard
porty2003 14 97 Scotland
5 May 2010 8:58AM
Wow !!,the main road through the Glen really emphasises the scale of this scene.Beautiful shot

andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
5 May 2010 9:29AM
Another epic photo John which you do so very well!

KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 9:44AM
stunning detail
Sconz 11 9 1 Ireland
5 May 2010 11:34AM
Excellent detail in the large version, right down to the cars on the road.

Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
5 May 2010 12:12PM
Stunning shot, such clarity, colour and detail. Ann
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 1:20PM
Ahh this is just another gem John ,love the shadows and lights on the sisters.Hard to believe the cattle rustling that used to go on there .
great image John.........have a badge mateSmile
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 2:13PM
Powerful Image with bags of detail and content ~ Crazy Paving Man!
Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
5 May 2010 4:45PM
Great detail and colour...Derek
LesF 11 182 9
5 May 2010 8:19PM
One that should have had bags more attention, stunning views John and wonderful processing

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
5 May 2010 9:30PM
Stunning light captured John.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
6 May 2010 8:05AM
Cheers all,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 11:19AM
I agree it is a magical place. Have #30 on me.

fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 10:46PM
WOW,what a place and stunning shot,thanks for sharing

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