Carn na h-Easgainn

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Grahams: Carn na h-Easgainn
Date walked: 06/04/2014
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 310m
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Winter returns: Around Coire Lair and Coire Fionnaraich

Date walked: 22/03/2014

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 18.5km

Ascent: 650m

Date: 22/03/2014.
Distance: 18.5km.
Ascent: 630m.
Time taken: 6 hours, 30 minutes.
Weather: Everything - sunshine, snow, hail, rain calm bits, gusts. Mainly cold.

This walk had been postponed from December, when Laura and I had headed to Bennachie in the face of a poor weather forecast out west. However, we were keen to walk from Achnashellach to Strathcarron using the train from Inverness. We rescheduled for this weekend, but again the weather looked poor. Given the track record of the weather this winter, I decided we would go anyway and hope for the best.

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Things weren't looking too bad off the train, but the high hills were in clag. The level crossing had seen a slightly over-zelous upgrade :roll: .

Achnashellach station:

A new development in traffic management:

I had expected some fresh snow, but there was quite a lot. We followed footprints up to the track junctions towards Fuar Tholl and Coulin, at which point they branched off towards the Munros. Continuing up Coire Lair, we made our own tracks, the path sometimes difficult to spot.

Loch Dughaill:

The weather was a mixed bag, with some blue skies and great views of Sgurr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor, mixed with flurries of snow and cloud.

Beinn Liath Mhor:

Sgorr Ruadh and Coire Lair:

Beinn Liath Mhor:

Walking up Coire Lair:

Fuar Tholl:

Mainreachan Buttress of Fuar Tholl:

The final climb up to the col between the two Munros was fairly tough, with frequent drifts up to our knees. Laura was struggling a bit but we got there before long.

Laura sinking into the ‘light dusting’ of snow:

Raeburn’s Buttress of Sgurr Ruadh:

Beinn Liath Mhor summit:

The ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor:

Lochan at the top of Coir Lair:

Looking back:

Sgurr Ruadh summit:

The effort was worth it though. I remembered my first view of Torridon from about 15 years ago, from the summit of Sgurr Ruadh in similar conditions to today. The view from the top of the col was reminiscent. At first all of the main Torridon summits were cloud covered from about 600m upwards, but before long the Am Fasarinen pinnacles appeared, then the summit of Liathach. The sky over the Trotternish peninsula was a wonderful threatening purple colour.

Through the pass:

Head of Coire Grannda:

Liathach appears:




Beinn Alligin and the west coast:


Sgorr Ruadh:

A steep descent into Coire Grannda led to us losing the path briefly in the snow. We found it again on the traverse round to Coire Fionnraich.


…and Beinn Eighe:

Soon Torridon was behind us and Maol Chean-dearg took up centre stage. We stopped for a quick bite of food and I checked the time for the first time. I was a bit alarmed - I had factored in being slower than if I'd been on my own, but the snow drifts had brought our speed down even more. As the breeze was cold here, I decided to postpone a proper stop until we reached Coire Fionnaraich bothy. I had a feeling there would be some swift walking required to catch the last train home.

Maol Chean-dearg:


Stuc a’ Choire Ghrannda:

Fuar Tholl and Loch Coire Fionnaraich:


Lower down the corrie, the path was saturated. Rounding Coire Fionnaraich, the level had raised over the path at points, and there was running water everywhere else. I always remember the stalkers paths in this as being really dry and well-made, but they didn't seem that way today. Finally the bothy came into view, shortly after the prominent stone finger.

Clach nan Con-fionn:

Approaching Coire Fionnaraich bothy:


We missed the worst of a hail storm having a very late lunch in the bothy, then walked out into the remainder of it. My plan to walk down to the Strathcarron Hotel and station along the banks of the River Carron was now out of the question, the road being quicker. The new question was whether to turn left and do the extra 0.5km to Achnashellach instead, giving us an extra 10 minutes before the train was due.


The weather cleared again, and it was a shame to rush the last bit out to Coulags. It wasn't too rushed though, as the numerous small streams we had to cross had swollen significantly with snowmelt.

An Ruadh-stac:


When it came to the crunch, I decided we would head back to Achnashellach, although I doubted we would make the train unless we managed to hitch a lift somewhere along the way. I knew I could run it, but Laura's feet were now quite sore so that wasn't going to help. As usual, west coast hospitality came to the rescue, and a kind woman who lived in Coulags offered us a lift after we'd chatted about our route. As we were almost equidistant between the two stations, we ended up going to Strathcarron after all, and arriving with half an hour in hand - plenty of time for a pint in the pub :D . Then a scenic and leisurely ride home on the train - a nice end to a day out in one of my favourite areas.

West from Strathcarron Hotel:

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Bits and pieces from Caithness to Cannich

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cnoc an t-Sabhail (East), Creag Dhubh (Affric)
Date walked: 19/03/2014
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 530m
Comments: 1
Views: 96

Abriachan to Inverness via Carn a' Bhodaich

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Carn a'Bhodaich
Date walked: 15/03/2014
Distance: 35km
Ascent: 530m
Views: 97

Creag Padraig and Dunain Hill from work

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 12/03/2014
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 450m
Views: 22

Auchineden Hill and the Whangie

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 08/03/2014
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 230m
Views: 29

The liberation of the far north - Sabhal Beag and Meall Horn

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Meall Horn
Grahams: Sabhal Beag
Date walked: 02/03/2014
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 1030m
Comments: 13
Views: 420

Dores to Inverness by loch and river

Attachment(s) Date walked: 22/02/2014
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 140m
Comments: 3
Views: 271

Blue sky day in Glen Cannich

Attachment(s) Munros: Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch)
Date walked: 16/02/2014
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 980m
Comments: 8
Views: 419

Dunain Hill from home

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 09/02/2014
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 400m
Views: 54


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