by foggieclimber » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:49 pm
Route description: Sgurr Gaorsaic, from Morvich
Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr Gaorsaic
Date walked: 20/04/2011
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After passing the Kintail Activity Centre, I passed a couple of newly-built houses and then followed the path towards the Falls of Glomach (shown in the next photo).
Start of path towards Falls of Glomach and Bealach an Sgairne:
The narrow path leading towards the Falls of Glomach is pretty good.
As I walked along the path, I heard several cuckoos. I also saw several Wheatears.
The last time I walked along Gleann Choinneachain was in 2004, when I ascended Ben Fhada (Ben Attow). In 2004, it was impossible to cross the Allt Coire an Sgairne as it was in spate. As I walked along the glen today, I was hoping the crossing would be easier.
Tops of Beinn Fhada (Ben Attow):
Was nice to see wild primroses still in bloom. This got me thinking that it won’t be too long before the Marsh Lousewort, Sea thrift, Butterwort, Bog Ashpodel, etc. are in bloom.
The Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall was quite tranquil today – easy to cross using stepping stones .
Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall:
After crossing the Allt Coire an Sgairne, I made my way up to the Bealach an Sgairne. This was now new territory for me. As I ascended, I was reminded of the complexity of Beinn Fhada – a cracking Munro!
Ben Fhada (Ben Attow):
Ascending towards Bealach an Sgairne:
As I made my way towards the bealach, I was confronted by a mountain goat. It stood and stared me out for 15-20 seconds before taking-off up the mountain.
On reaching the really large cairn at the bealach, I made my way down towards Loch Bhealaich – always annoying to lose height! At last I got my first view of Sgurr Gaorsaic.
Large cairn at Bealach an Sgairne:
Sgurr Gaorsaic and Loch Bhealaich:
On reaching the loch, I skirted round it and then continued along the path until reaching the line of fence posts running up the hill. I followed the fence posts to the summit.
Following the fenceposts up Sgurr Gaorsaic:
Looking back to Bealach an Sgairne (zoomed):
Ben Fhada, Bealach an Sgairne and A’Ghlas Bheinn:
Summit of Sgurr Gaorsaic with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan in background:
From the summit, I also followed the fenceposts in descent.
On walking back round the loch, I spotted an unusual bird. It was quite a distance off but I’m pretty sure it was a Black-throated Diver. My 16x zoom wasn’t quite good enough to get a good clear photo .
Black-throated diver on Loch Bhealaich:
From the loch, I ascended back to the Bealach na Sgairne and then descended back to the Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall.
954m top of Beinn Fhada:
Gleann Choinneachain waterfall:
I stopped to photograph a caterpillar, just as a walker passed-by. She exclaimed, “It’s a hairy granny!” I just about pmsl.
Drinker Moth Caterpillar?:
Today was a great day for wildlife. I also saw at least 10 small voles on the hill but they were all too quick to photograph.
View towards Morvich and A87:
A really nice day out .
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by rockhopper » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:16 pm
It's great seeing the flora and fauna coming out again with the spring
by ChrisW » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:40 pm
by malky_c » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:26 am
by davetherave » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:20 am
Could the above corbett be included withGhlas Bein ? Or am I completely off Target.
Thanks for the report.
by foggieclimber » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:24 am
Similarly it could be combined with Beinn Fhada.
The Munro that would be easiest to combine it with is Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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by davetherave » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:47 am
by PauloUK77 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:38 pm
by yokehead » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:44 pm
Great to see what it's like going on up to the bealach and beyond, truly a superb area.
by kinley » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:22 pm
Cheers for the drinker moth caterpillar ID too
Getting close now