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Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach


Postby dooterbang » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:38 pm

Route description: Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach

Munros included on this walk: Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach

Date walked: 30/04/2011

Time taken: 4.3 hours

Distance: 10.9 km

Ascent: 1311m

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It was a bank holiday weekend so a friend and i would be heading North for a few days to do some walking. The Forcan Ridge was the main target, i had did it 2 weeks before with MGMT, Mountain Thyme and Woodsy Boy . . . .so good i just had to do it again.

Accommodation was in a lovely log cabin overlooking Loch lochy at Kilfinnan.
£45 a night for a 2 bed cabin was a (ring of) steal :D
http://www.highlandlodges.org.uk/

Looking at the weather we decided to leave the Forcan Ridge for the 2nd day as less wind. We could have did the Loch lochy munros straight from the cabin but we decided to venture into Loch Quioch as this was virgin territory for us both.
Hills for today would be Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach.

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Knowing this was a short walk we took it easy and arrived around 9am, took 45mins to drive from cabin.
The sun was shining so it was on with the shorts, lotion and shades.

We decided to do these West to East, Gleouraich our first target.

The path is well defined and presents no difficulties, it was like this the whole walk.
Head North 200M and take in the views SW over Loch Quioch to Knoydart
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Follow the path 400M NW to Sron a Chuilinn
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The path continues N then NW for 2K which takes you to the summit of Gleouraich
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Summit
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This was turning into a most magnificent day, one of the best i've spent on the hills. The sun was shining, no midges, astounding views and good company :D

At the summit we took in the views to Skye, Knoydart, Glen Sheil Ridge and Forcan Ridge.

We could see Spidean Mialach ahead of us....
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Off we went on our merry way, loving every step.
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Still could't believe the views and found myself constantly looking to Knoydart
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Looking back West to Gleouraich
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Before raeching the summit we lay on a lovely grass patch and soaked in the views for 30mins, this was a lovely calm experience. . . .i felt privilaged to be here on this day, the hustle of city life left well behind.

After our siesta we soon reached the summit - Gleouraich in the distance
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A beautiful walk out in a SW direction, taken in constant views over Loch Quioch to the mountains of Knoydart, was left.
Yeah its a hard life :D
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looking Back
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Wildlife
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Nearing the end of the walk i opened a bottle of Budvaar Dark which we shared :)

The final 1km was stunning as the walk itself was.
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The walk had taken little over 4 hours. An incredible route that will live long in the memory, everything was perfect.
Time to head back to our superb log cabin and chill whilst overlooking Loch lochy.....
Could the Forcan Ridge tomorrow top this????
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby rockhopper » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:38 pm

That's a cracker dooter :D and there was me thinking you were taking a prolongued break because we hadn't heard from you whereas you just hadn't written them up :thumbup:

It was a great holiday weekend - I was over in the east on my first wild camp and got great weather as well for once. Haven't got as far as Loch Quoich yet but will note it for the future hopefully. cheers
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:08 pm

rockhopper wrote:That's a cracker dooter :D and there was me thinking you were taking a prolongued break because we hadn't heard from you whereas you just hadn't written them up :thumbup:

It was a great holiday weekend - I was over in the east on my first wild camp and got great weather as well for once. Haven't got as far as Loch Quoich yet but will note it for the future hopefully. cheers


Thanks Rockhopper. Was a fab weekend. Hope you enjoyed your wild camp. I've yet to camp :shock: :? But i'm working on it.

Yeah i have 3 or 4 more to write up, but thats enough for now :wink:

Loch Quioch is stunning. Will be up there in 2 weeks with my friend to tackle the munros south side of the loch in Knoydart.
Next week few of us doing 9 of the Fannaichs in one day. Resting today though 8)
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:32 pm

Cracking day you got Dooterbang, i did the four around Loch Quioch recently and the views you get from them on a clear day are second to none. Would easily do them again.
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby PeteR » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:37 pm

Ah, it's good to see what I had hoped to see the day I did these two last year. I was lucky to see the end of my nose when I was up there. I love this area though and your pictures show why. It's a fantastic place. I will definitely be back - but will wait for a sunny day first :lol:
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby mountainstar » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:48 pm

Great day, my last Munro was the one across the loch to the west, Sgurr a Mhaoraich :D very much in the clagg that day :(
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Even though you have been absent for a wee while doots,you have been a busy man,some cracking pics you have there,neve been up this way yet,just wets my appite
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby monty » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:09 pm

Excellent weather for it Dooterbang. My 5th and 6th munros or thereabouts. Nice little circuit. :D
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby mountain thyme » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:43 pm

Some great pics DB and looks like a cracking day.... i thought you only had imaginary friends at school..... dont see 'the friend' in any of the pics or could she not get in any for you posing??? :)
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:57 pm

That looks stunning; fantastic pics... 8)
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby mountain-ju-drop » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:43 pm

These hills and the whole area look amazing - esp on the day you had. We've had to get the map out and start planning as we have never been round there. Wonderful stuff! 8)
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby Woodsy Boy » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:05 pm

Looked a cracker of a day . Some good photos , have you been listening to my tips haha.
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Re: Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach

Postby dooterbang » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:57 am

Thanks for all the comments guys.

It trully is a wonderbar area, especially when the sun is shining.

I will be visiting this again soon....
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