Foinaven from the north
by GariochTom » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:58 pm
Route description: Foinaven circuit
Corbetts included on this walk: Foinaven
Date walked: 11/06/2011
Time taken: 7.5 hours
Distance: 17.5 km
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We had read that the lochan-dotted land between the road and the foot of Foinaven was extremely boggy, so we started the walk with some trepidation and with gaiters fitted.
However, we were pleasantly surprised that underfoot conditions weren't that bad after all – perhaps because of the recent dry weather.
We saw what I think was a golden eagle, soaring overhead...
Once the flattish walk to the bottom of the hill was complete, we had some mild scrambling to do before reaching the ridge where we were treated to views across to the summit and up Strath Dionard.
Clouds started to form but the wind meant that they were constantly moving, and views across the surrounding landscape kept disappearing and appearing...
The views from the summit were breathtaking.
We decided that rather than continue along the ridge and down A Cheir Gorm which looked particularly 'scree-y', we would instead descend the Coire Duail to the northeast. We descended towards the Strath Dionard, and opposite us the Moine Thrust was clearly visible.
Lower down, the slopes were dominated by huge slabs of rock - wouldn't like to walk on these in icy conditions!
The last leg of the walk was along the track from Loch Dionard, beside the River Dionard along which there were many fishing 'points' (are they called beats? I'm not sure... anyway, apparently the river is one of the best for salmon and sea trout).
Another great walk in a brilliant part of Scotland.
by soulminer » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:33 pm
Assynt has been busy of late with Walkhighlanders
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by GariochTom » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:55 pm
Assynt should be a well-kept secret so it doesn't get over-run! (One tourist per 10 square miles sounds fine to me..). It's a brilliant area... we had 3 days of walking there - 3rd day was Ben Klibreck - walk report just published.
by malky_c » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:06 pm
Foinaven is such a great hill, and seems to be rather overlooked (which is probably a good thing as you say). Some nice shots there, and looks like you took a similar route down to the one we went up. It looked like there was scope for 3 or 4 more different route choices on the NE side of the hill - must go back sometime to explore some more of them.
by Paula Hubens » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:12 pm
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by GariochTom » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:30 pm
Thanks Paula! Yes, the hills have real architectural interest! I thought the Moine Thrust was quite something.
Would you recommend the Cape Wrath Trail then?
by kevsbald » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:13 am
Nice to see this report - Foinaven is defo a must-do for me.
by GariochTom » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:21 am
Yes I highly recommend Foinaven - almost as good as Suilven!
by kevsbald » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:05 am