Tuesday was meant to be good, although not quite yet it seemed; at 6.30 it was still overcast. After a brilliant breakfast we headed back up Glen Carron [from Lochcarron]. Our intention was to gradually ‘do’ the hills either side of the glen as the week progressed. The cloud was still covering the tops, but it was definitely lifting and brightening by the minute.
Given the rain of yesterday it was very wet underfoot as we headed up the slopes of Moruisg, only really becoming firm over the last third of the ascent. More a war of attrition this rather than a ‘lightening’ assault, but we made it onto the ridge in reasonable time to reach a very impressive cairn, although not the true summit! In reality, we do not do ‘lightening’ whether up or down, so it was more a [very] steady plod.
Paused for pics and made on to the real summit, which can only be a matter of a few metres higher. Good views of the Torridon hills, the Strathfarrar ones to the east [I think] and Slioch and Fisherfield to the north. Don’t be fooled by Neill’s lack of warm layers – he doesn’t feel the cold! I do - it was surprisingly cold on top in the wind!
Walked down to the col between Moruisg and Sgùrr nan Ceannaichean and some lunch. It felt warm and pleasant out of the wind and in the sun. A large herd of deer passed below us skirting around Coire an Tuill Bhàin. Suitably refreshed, we made the short ascent of Sgùrr nan Ceannaichean. There were quite a few other walkers about – in NW Highland terms – maybe another 6 or so.
After taking a closer look at the way up Sgùrr Choinnich and Sgùrr a’ Chaorachain we started down. Neill comes into his own going downhill; I on the other hand often find this harder than the ascent. Nevertheless, the walking was easy – over grass for a lot of the steeper descent – so we made good time – remember, this is relative.
The day was rounded off nicely by seeing the Royal Scotsman Pullman on its way to the Kyle of Lochalsh.
After the bit of train spotting back to Lochcarron, a beautiful evening, food and beer.
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