walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Glen Kingie Epic

Glen Kingie Epic


Postby Fife Flyer » Sun May 02, 2021 8:52 pm

Munros included on this walk: Sgùrr Mòr (Loch Quoich)

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgùrr an Fhuarain, Sgùrr Cos na Breachd-laoidh

Date walked: 30/04/2021

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 24.3 km

Ascent: 2065m

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

After last weeks epic in the Nevis range we opted to head to the 'wild' west. Our plan was initially to tackle Sgurr Mor Sgurr an Fhuarain but on studying the GPS system I suggested to George & Parminder we may as well add on another Corbett Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh and that was the plan sorted. We left Fife at 6am which as it turned out wasn't early enough as I didn't get home until 11.30pm, which meant Parminder wouldn't get home until after midnight!


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Image
This was taken on my last visit in 2016

Image
Same waterfall just before you reach Loch Arkaig

Image
River Dessary in 2016

Image
View from the parking area, western end of Loch Arkaig

Image
Looking back to the parking area, quite a few vehicles

Image
Stunning area, looking west along the River Dessary

Image
Looking back after a bit of height has been gained

Image
Our first target on the left, we would attack it from the right - just to be different

Image
Not Sgurr na Ciche as some folk think, similar profile but a wee bit smaller

Image
Spot the water

Image
Glen Dessary Lodge, looked very empty, no vehicles or sign of life

Image
Looking back to the good track that starts off the walk

Image
If you are doing Sgurr Mor & Sgurr an Fhuarain, you head up there and down the other side

Image
Interesting

Image
Could be used as an emergency shelter

Image
Looking back down, Parminder loving the tough terrain

Image
Looking back from higher up

Image
And again from slightly higher, good excuse to stop

Image
We are now on the ridge of Druim a'Chuirn and going to head along to our first summit

Image
Parminder is happy now, he loves fence posts

Image
Our next targets are now in view, Sgurr Mor and on the right Sgùrr an Fhuarain

Image
Parminder with a tiny rock to add to the cairn

Image
Admiring his handy work

Image
Looking W, superb views

Image
The descent down to the bealach

Image
Interesting construction, dam or a bridge or neither

Image
Looking back uphill to what we had just come down

Image
Looking down the glen opposite Glen Kingie

Image
My colleagues posing, not sure what is wrong with Parminder

Image
A very dry Glen Kingie

Image
Rather than climb up and over An Eag, we opted to traverse along the southern slopes

Image
This is proper social distancing, looking back whilst traversing

Image
Looking back to our first hill Sgùrr Cos na Breachd-laoidh

Image
The way ahead, the first lump is Sgurr Beag which is a tough up and down the other side before the ascent of Sgurr Mor

Image
Our first view of one of my favourite loch's, Loch Quoich

Image
Here we go, the ascent of Sgurr Beag & it's zig zag path

Image
Looking back at what we traversed & our first hill again

Image
A feast for the mountain lovers, the pointy one is the obvious one

Image
Looking SE across Glen Kingie

Image
Arty shot of Sgurr na Ciche

Image
Western end of Loch Quoich

Image
Parminder in concentration mode

Image
How many summits can you count? Awesome

Image
A few showers in the distance - NW

Image
George trying to smile

Image
Cairn on Sgurr Mor

Image
Looking west from the summit

Image
The gorgeous Loch Quoich

Image
Looking east to our final summit with Gairich behind

Image
Video looking north along Loch Quoich

Image
Video looking south along Glen Kingie and beyond

Image
The broad grassy ridge that will take us to Sgùrr an Fhuarain

Image
The path to Sgùrr an Fhuarain

Image
Looking back up to Sgurr Mor

Image
George getting his camera ready for Parminder's arrival

Image
Parminder getting excited - he hasn't seen a real trig for months

Image
Parminder zooming in on the trig number

Image
George's photo

Image
Casual pose or hide & seek

Image
Video taken on the summit of Sgùrr an Fhuarain

Image
Descending down the grassy slope off the bealach between the 2 hills towards the River Kingie

Image
Looking back up, we have been up & down much steeper stuff

Image
The River Kingie probably like you have never seen it

Image
George hopping across

Image
Now on the other foot

Image
Parminder wanting to make a splash to try out his new boots

Image
This is how you do it

Image
Even got time to smile

The River doesn't have much water in it but we still had to find a suitable crossing point, the problem was most of the stones or rock were covered in green slimy stuff. I would imagine once the river fills up the slimy stuff will be washed away.

Image
Looking back at what we descended whilst climbing up through the mush into Glen Dessary

Image
Had to take a photo of this again, got a few more holes since my last visit 5 years ago

Image
Plenty of herds of deer in this area

Image
Camera shot of Dessary Lodge

Image
Camera shot of a herd in Glen Kingie

Image
Bonus photo taken by George of the western end of Loch Quoich and a small feeder lochan slightly higher

Image
Another excellent zoomed shot by George

Another fantastic day in another stunning area of Scotland, for anyone who has yet to visit the Loch Arkaig area be sure you are ready and prepared. The drive from the Commando Memorial takes almost an hour and you are rarely above 30mph. We will be returning soon with Parminder at the wheel, we may even take bikes when we tackle the other 3 monsters. Bring it on.
User avatar
Fife Flyer
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2457
Munros:251   Corbetts:50
Grahams:24   Donalds:51
Sub 2000:121   Hewitts:2
Islands:5
Joined: May 15, 2013
Location: Guess?

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: iain_atkinson_1986, McMunro, Owen b and 120 guests