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Final day of the holiday - Druim na Sgriodain

Final day of the holiday - Druim na Sgriodain

Postby malky_c » Thu Aug 24, 2023 12:09 pm

Route description: Sgùrr na h-Eachainne & Druim na Sgriodain

Fionas included on this walk: Druim na Sgriodain

Date walked: 04/06/2023

Time taken: 5.9 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 830m

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Grahams: Druim na Sgriodain.
Date: 04/06/2023.
Distance: 12km.
Ascent: 830m.
Time taken: 5 hours, 50 minutes.
Weather: Scorchio!

It was the last day of our short holiday in Strontian and we decided to do something on the way home. Another hot day, but with a bit of breeze this time. Looking for something not too long and with a semblance of a path, we went for the horseshoe above the Corran Ferry that includes Druim na Sgriodan. We parked opposite the cemetery at Cille Mhaodain and wandered up past the graves. Almost immediately we started going steeply uphill - a gradient that didn't relent for the first half of the climb. There are various paths zigzagging through the bracken, some of which even join up and go the right way!

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ImageLoch Linnhe

ImageThe only way us up...

Both ferries available on the Corran run had been broken down in recent weeks but we could see that the standby one was back on again today. The breeze kept the worst of the heat off but it was steep work!

ImageCorran ferry back on today

Eventually the corrie is reached where a low ridge leads back onto the north ridge of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne. We stopped for lunch as soon as we hit this before carrying on to meet the final pull. Paths on this route are vague and intermittent but become much more obvious on the summit ridge.

ImageBen Nevis

ImageGlen Scaddle

ImageStob Choire Chearchaill

ImageLoch Leven and Glencoe

While this isn't the highest point on the round, Sgurr na h-Eanchainne definitely has the best views of Loch Linnhe and the Corran narrows. These are the views that have me coming back to this hill yet again.

ImageTrig point on Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

ImageFirth of Lorn

The ridge walk to Druim na Sgriodan is fairly straightforward - on grassy ground first then weaving between rocky outcrops nearer the higher summit. There are small lochans hidden between the outcrops - we chose one immediately under the summit cairn for a quick swim. Very shallow but also lovely!

ImageBack to Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

ImageSummit swim

ImageSummit lochans

From this summit there are spectacular views down into Glen Gour and the back of Garbh Bheinn, as well as Sgurr Dhomhnuill. There are traces of path leading down towards An t-Socach which become more obvious as the steepest part of the nose is reached. Soon we were in the corrie following the impressive burn downwards.

ImageBack on top

ImageDescending towards Meall Breac

ImageCoire Dubh

ImageLooking down on Corran

ImageLoch Linnhe and Ben Nevis

ImageBurn down Coire Dubh

The burn passes across a series of slabs and falls including Maclean's Towel - admittedly more impressive with a bit of rain. However we couldn't resist having another quick dunk on the way down - what a spot.

ImageBallachulish hills across Loch Linnhe

ImageSpa pool on the way down

At the foot of the slopes out of the corrie we picked up a track through the fields that led us to Keil Farm. A sign diverts you round the back of the farm and along a wall to the cemetery at the beginning of the walk - I remember this as being a bit of a slop but not after such dry weather!

As usual we had taken ages longer than intended and it was already early evening. After a failed attempt to find a decent chippy in Fort William (the one in Caol was shut on Sunday) we gave in and had a rather late dinner back at home. This ended up being quite an energetic 4 days compared to some of our recent holidays, and also with spectacular weather.
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