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.

Meowing in the Fannichs: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach

Meowing in the Fannichs: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach


Postby BlackPanther » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:18 pm

Route description: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach, near Braemore

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac

Date walked: 12/06/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 1171m

5 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).

The Fannichs: I drove past them so many times. But so far my only achievement in this area was one Corbett (done in winter conditions with very wet feet). The time came therefore to change it! After rainy Saturday, Sunday looked a bit better - a few showers and clouds here and there, but surely a tempting day for a longer outing.
Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach were our choice then. The obvious way to climb them is from the north (a small car park on the side of A832, SW of Braemore junction). Even from the parking as we were getting ready, what we saw around us predicted a fantastic day.

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


An Teallach saying Hello! :D
Image
We started by walking a short distance along the track leading to Loch a Bhraoin:
Image
A wet place it must be...
Image
Recently, a new path has been made through the forest plantation and the old wooden bridge was replaced by a new one:
Image
It was nice to stop for a moment on the bridge and admire the lovely scenery around, including Loch a Bhraoin and a ruined dwelling and boathouse:
Image
Image
Image
The fastest route up the ridge leading to the two Munros is a steep climb up Leitir Fhearna, that's the slope behind me:
Image
But we opted for a slightly longer approach along the stream Allt Breabaig:
Image
This option has the advantage of passing through some wonderful landscape with plenty of waterfalls (and water in its more boggy version as well :lol: :lol: ):
Image
Time for a movie called "By the rivers of Scotland"...
Image
...Or maybe "A million rivers and one stone"?
Image
As I've just mentioned, the ground was wet but it didn't discourage us - thank heavens for Gore-tex boots :lol: :lol:
Image
On the right-hand side (north-west) the rocky outcrops of Druim Reidh:
Image
Looking back north - An Teallach now hidden from our view:
Image
For about 2 km we stayed on the western side of the stream and only when the faint path there disappeared and we encountered some deep peat hags, we crossed the burn to the other side and joined the old stalkers path, which took us all the way up to the bealach between Sgurr nan Clach Beala and Sgurr Breac. On the way we passed some more waterfalls:
Image
On the beallach we left the path behind and charged the steep-looking slopes of our first Munro of the day:
Image
While climbing, we could at last see what was hiding on the other side of the ridge - the far end of Loch Fannich:
Image
On the slopes of Sgurr Breac. It might look an easy walk but this part is steep (at least it felt steep for me) and in a couple of places we encountered some big boulders to climb over. Not a real scrambling though, just another obstacle to pass :D
Image
Behind us, the shapely curves of Sgurr a'Chadha Dheirg:
Image
And the bulk of Sgurr nan Clach Beala:
Image
Assynt hills to the north:
Image
Getting ready to utter my meow of joy :lol: :lol:
Image
More and more clouds were now coming and the blue sky was covered with gray fluff... Dark shadows lurked around when we faced the great An Teallach again:
Image
Image
The final bit to the Munro summit was straightforward:
Image
One more glance back at the long ridge of Sgurr nan Clach Beala - we will come back to conquer this one soon:
Image
Me and The Forge:
Image
Can you see the showers coming?...
Image
It looks like we are now surrounded by rain!
Image
The summit cairn of Sgurr Breac is very small and there is nowhere to shelter in bad weather :( But luckily for us, the showers we saw appearing all around us never reached our mountain :D We stayed in a dry spot and as wind wasn't too bad we could take a well deserved snack break and enjoy the scenery. Believe me, there was so much to sink in...
The cairn:
Image
No comment, just look and love it!
Image
Another shower just showing to the right of An Teallach...
Image
The unusual shape of Slioch:
Image
From Sgurr Breac we carried on along the ridge, a short steep descent and another short climb to Toman Coinnich (935m). All along the way we were accompanied by the distant panorama of Torridon:
Image
Image
Beinn Eighe:
Image
And An Teallach, of course:
Image
More hills in the distance:
Image
Slioch:
Image
Loch Fannich:
Image
The summit cairn of Toman Coinnich:
Image
Looking back to Sgurr Breac:
Image
Fluffy cloud attacking An Teallach!
Image
Just another meow! and we could carry on through another bealach to the summit of our second Munro of the day:
Image
Along the way we passed by this lovely corrie, with Loch Toll an Lochain:
Image
Image
Almost there! The crags of A'Chailleach:
Image
The final push - steep-ish but enjoyable:
Image
Surprisingly, An Teallach changed its mood for a short time and it showed us its smiley side...
Image
...although the rain was so close!
Image
Again, a quick look back to Toman Coinnich and Sgurr Breac:
Image
One of the showers was now dangerously close:
Image
Now the movie will be called "A million showers and two Munros" :D :D
Image
Kevin on the summit of A'Chailleach. He allowed me to handle his precious camera for about 30 seconds and take one picture. Hoooray!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Image
The great panorama of Torridon from the summit of A'Chailleach:
Image
Go home? Now? Oh no!
Image
An Teallach still sunny...
Image
...but bad front may be coming any time now!
Image
For the descent route we had three options: one was to retrace our steps (but that would be long and tiring), second - to walk all the length of the northern shoulder of A'Chailleach, Sron na Goibhre (that one looked very steep) and the third one which was to go back to Toman Coinnich and return along its ridge. We chose the latter option and soon we were down on the ridge of Druim Reidh. There are good views to Toll an Lochain from here:
Image
Such a shame it is time to go...
Image
Walking back along Druim Reidh:
Image
One more attraction was the nice view from Leitir Fhearna down to Loch a Bhraoin:
Image
The final descent from Leitir Fhearna was wet and slippery and we were eventually caught in a short shower but it was a small price to pay for the joys of this fantastic trip. Now I want to go back to the Fannichs and climb more of them! Just hope the good, old Scottish weather will make it possible. Meow!
User avatar
BlackPanther
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 3190
Munros:260   Corbetts:163
Grahams:112   
Sub 2000:40   
Joined: Nov 2, 2010
Location: Beauly, Inverness-shire

Re: Meowing in the Fannichs: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:35 pm

That looks a beautiful walk BP, fantastic pics as always (I see you got to have one go with the camera :lol: ) some of the views there are stunning. You were very lucky to escape those showers but that just makes the day better because you 'got away with it' - great stuff :D :D
User avatar
ChrisW
Scrambler
 
Posts: 4940
Munros:18   Corbetts:5
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:6   
Joined: Jan 25, 2011
Location: Cochrane- Alberta - Canada

Re: Meowing in the Fannichs: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach

Postby gammy leg walker » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:04 pm

Stunning pictures BP
User avatar
gammy leg walker
Walker
 
Posts: 3253
Munros:261   Corbetts:7
Grahams:3   Donalds:3
Sub 2000:2   
Islands:7
Joined: Jan 30, 2010
Location: Central Region

Re: Meowing in the Fannichs: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach

Postby ndhudson » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:11 pm

Yep, it's another awesome report from BP! :thumbup:
A fine long walk...this one is going in my bookmarks for next time.
User avatar
ndhudson
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 266
Corbetts:1
Joined: May 16, 2011
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

5 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 now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 31 guests