The map above shows our complete journey, including the car journey at the end of the walk. The mileage is what was actually walked before we were picked up.
After crossing the open ground we exited in to the recycling point at Enochdhu where we crossed the A924 to begin the long climb up to the Grampian Mountains. Leaving sea level behind, it is a long and continuous climb from the road to the pass through to Glenshee. On the way we passed Dirnanean Gardens, a place well visited by tourists in the summer months. In the grounds of the gardens peacocks and peahens wander freely and we were lucky enough to see one of the peacocks on the garden gate and the peahens on the ground below.
Although we were in open country, we did not yet feel in any danger; we knew to keep the river and the road close by on our right and we could leave the open countryside at any time on one of the many lanes that crisscross the land here. What the weather did do was to slow us down tremendously and we were shocked at how long it took us to walk the distance (5-6 miles) from the Spittal to Dalnaglar Castle. With the time delay came tiredness as we walked for longer to cover the distance.
As we had dropped out of Glenshee on to a slightly lower level at Glen Ardle at what locals call the quarry road, the weather improved substantially and for the remainder of the night we did not see the same snow as we had in Glenshee. As for the 'yellow warning' for between 5.00am and 3.00pm the next day, nothing transpired and we walked early the next morning in bright sunshine. Back in the inn for 6.30pm, by 8.00pm we were sitting down to a lovely meal in the bar and even stayed on to participate in the quiz night with the locals.
Modesty prevents me admitting we were last.