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My first Glen Affric Munros

My first Glen Affric Munros

Postby Caleb Wright » Sun Sep 17, 2023 10:54 am

Route description: Tom a' Chòinich & Toll Creagach, Glen Affric

Munros included on this walk: Toll Creagach, Tom a' Chòinich

Date walked: 16/06/2023

Time taken: 9.5 hours

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June's sunshine continued as we travelled to complete our first Glen Affric munros. An early arrival at Chisholme Bridge car park just after dawn break. Thankfully still no midges, but as we took the path from the car park to connect up to the track which heads up Gleann nam Fiadh we had our first encounter with ticks. Thankfully easily brushed off! The early morning daylight as we reached the track and looked west up Glen Affric was a beautiful site and the first target Tom a'Choinnich looked fantastic ahead. A cuckoo called in the background as we turned onto the track.
Early morning in Glen Affric

First look at Tom a' Choinnich

A view of our approach

The good track led us gradually up into Gleann nam Fiadh before rather abruptly ending. Here we followed a slightly boggy but improving path until a junction just after crossing the Allt Tol Easa, here we turned right and started our ascent. We proceeded fairly steeply uphill but on a better path until about 650 meters in height. At this point a decision had to be made, we opted to take the path going up the Creag na h-Inghinn rather than head on for the bealach. We choose this in order to get most of the ascent done before the heat of the day built. The path up was actually very good with no difficulties weaving around various rocky outcrops. Finally the ridge widened and the first summit was in sight.
Heading uphill

Ascending Creag na h-Inghinn

Toll Creagach from the slopes of Tom a'Choinnich

The summit getting closer

Levelling out

After the initial steep ascent the final walk up to the summit was a joy, great views of the other Affric hills and a gradually decreasing gradient. Just short of the summit a deer shot out in front of us, it seemed as surprised to see us as we were to see it. From the summit of Tom a'Choinnich there were great views of not only other Affric Munros and but also of the three Kintail peaks we had climbed in the spring (Carn Ghlusaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn). This was also my first view of Loch Mullardoch and the many remote munros beyond it.
Kintail munros

Spot the deer

On Tom a'Choinnich

Other Affric munros

Toll Creagach (the next target) didnt look too far away but the decent down to the bealach looked steep. Thankfully another great path weaved around the various rocky outcrops (and passed the last remaining snow patches) and we were down at the bealach in no time at all. The ascent onto Toll Creagach followed an intermittent path over a relatively flat stretch (about 950m height) and then gradually up to the cairn and trig point. Again there were excellent views over Loch Mullardoch and as far as the Strathfarrar munros. The hill felt very different to Tom a'Choinnich, almost more similar to the Drumochters I had recently been on.
The way ahead

The last snow patches

Good path down to bealach

Looking back up the route of descent

Looking back

Heading up Toll Creag

Loch Mullardoch

More Loch Mullardoch views

On Toll Creagach

After some lunch it was time to head back. For the way down we aimed to stay just east of the Allt a Choire Odhair and west of Beinn Eun, there wasn't really a path at first but we eventually picked out a vague one in the more boggy section before emerging onto the outward path close to where the good track is picked back up. The rest of the way was retracing our outward route looking back at the lovely peak we had visited. A fantastic first experience of Glen Affric.
The way back

A last look back
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Re: My first Glen Affric Munros

Postby WalkingWithKids » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:35 pm

Very useful photos for me. Thanks!
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