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Cùl Mòr - a gem of a hill on a brilliant day

Cùl Mòr - a gem of a hill on a brilliant day


Postby DaveSan » Mon May 08, 2023 2:59 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Cùl Mòr

Date walked: 08/05/2023

Time taken: 4.7 hours

Distance: 14.1 km

Ascent: 795m

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Another fine day was in store as I emerged from my tent at Ardmair, had breakfast and drove the few miles north to the lay-by just beyond the Knockan Crag visitor centre. With the sun already blazing down out of a mostly clear blue sky, I set off at 7:30am along the good stalkers path and after 30 minutes of easy walking, turned off left at the marker cairn and headed up the broad, easy-angled slope that levelled off to the plateau directly in front of Cùl Mòr. Dropping down to the shallow dip between the two, I aimed to the right and across to a picturesque lochan at the foot of the NE ridge and spotted a well-worn path going up.
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Lochan at foot of NE ridge

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Looking across to Sròn Gharbh from halfway up NE ridge

This began easily but then became steeper until reaching a boulder-field. The rocks were mostly quite large and stable and made for an easy and safe ascent and I topped out with just a short grassy slope left to reach the summit cairn.
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Suilven and Canisp from the summit

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Zooming in on Suilven

After a short rest, I carried on along the west ridge and decided to go out along the spur of Sròn Gharbh as recommended in the WH route description – it looked a long way off but in fact took a mere 20 mins to reach and was worth it for the views of the lochan-spattered landscape.
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Zooming in on Stac Pollaidh to the west

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Looking back along Sròn Gharbh to Cùl Mòr

I then headed back and briefly down before going up the well-worn path to Creag nan Calman, the fang-shaped lower peak. That was also worth visiting as it gave tremendous views over to Cùl Beag and the many hills beyond.
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Cùl Beag from Creag nan Calman

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The view west from Creag nan Calman, Stac Pollaidh in the centre

An easy grassy descent took me back to the plateau below Cùl Mòr and the good paths back to the car, where I stopped for lunch before heading to Cùl Beag.
DaveSan
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