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Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!


Postby Bod » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:41 pm

Route description: The Loch Mullardoch Munros

Munros included on this walk: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Mullardoch), Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Sgurr na Lapaich

Date walked: 03/07/2011

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 20.4 km

Ascent: 1660m

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We were due meet our boat at 10.00am just past the dam at the end of Loch Mullardoch. It was a glorious morning and we were greeted with fantastic clear views that helped us to look out and try to spot our vessel. After 10 minutes or so spent relaxing on the shore we could just make out the engine sound of a boat far off in the distance. We laughed and joked a little about did we really want to be collected and dropped off in the remote setting of An Socach, as we realised that by the time we started walking it would be 11.00am, with a long day to follow. Our Saturday evening previously had been a joyous time with our friends in Clachnaharry, Inverness. We were treated to a lovely venison stew hotpot, a few nice glasses, a fun otter-watch walk and then ending in the local pub somewhat later than planned......he he he..(cheers Marty and Sandy)....it was great fun, but perhaps bearing in mind our plan for Sunday an hour earlier in bed would have been a good idea.....but that's just being wise after the event..he he. (we spotted Mr. Otter by the way).
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A spectacular vista looking westwards along the first 8 kilometres of Loch Mullardoch. View taken from our boat ride.
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Marty and Karl our friendly ferry man.
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Karl's wee Jack Russell dog "Fute" who was great company on board.
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The jolly crew! Karl, Sandy, myself and Valerie (with Fute below the bench).
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Dropped off on the shore by . Notice the boat's wake as it has sped off out of the picture.
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Heading up Allt Coire a' Mhaim.
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Another friendly wee chap!
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Marty and I on top of An Socach after almost 3 and half hours of a fine climb up. Much munchies and juices were well appreciated by all during the climb and on the summit.
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Heading along the East shoulder of An Socach....
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Sandy with Bealach Bholla below....
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Marty and I on the summit of An Riabhachan...good progess being made now, but still well aware of a long way to go with the highest mountain still to come.
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Marty, Sandy and Valerie descending Creagan Toll an Lochain with Sgurr na Lapaich beyond.
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Valerie leading the way down a lovely ridge....
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Sgurr na Lapaich at 1150 metres above sea level.
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Main munchies again......
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The route off heading for Carn nan Gobhar.....some fine mountain side coming off this east side of Sgurr na Lapaich.
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A cracking shot (cheers Marty) showing off the southern top and ridge of Sgurr nan Clachan Geala from just below the top of Sgurr na Lapaich (a glimpse of Loch Mallardoch too, it was nice to feel some progess being made along its length).
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We experienced a magnificent Eagle flying proudly past as we dropped off Carn nan Gobhar. Wish I had been quicker with my wee camera, as we all felt in awe! It was a close and lengthy sighting, wonderful and rare....
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Back safe and very satified!
:D :D :D This was a great day out in our wonferful mountains that I had been aware of for many years going back to my late teens, and it did not let down expectations. Marty's idea to use the ferry run was a good one, and a fun one to add some extra interest to the occasion, but anyone attempting this ought to be at least a little experienced, well equiped and well aware of the remoteness involved. When you are hiking over An Socach you should note on the OS map just how far you are away from any point of help other than then roadend at the Mullurdach Dam some 14km away. Might go back again and ascend Carn nan Gobhar in order to visit Sgurr na Lapaich approached from the East during winter? That would be special....
Last edited by Bod on Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:48 am, edited 14 times in total.
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4

Postby Gable Gable End » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:22 am

looks like a great day out! Nice photos :)
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:08 pm

Fantastic effort :D :D Good motivation for me - these Munros are practically on my doorstep and I still haven't done them!
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4

Postby soulminer » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:30 pm

Cracking day for such a fine walk.You all looked delighted, and rightly so 8)
Did walk in reverse and walked back along the Loch, an absolute sun trap nearly ended up with sun-stroke.Wished I had stuck to my original plan of the full round with camp on 'Finley'.
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4

Postby Redrock » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:44 am

Good one, Bod! I can't think of a more relaxed way of approaching a Munro walk than by boat! :lol: The picture of Sandy, Val and yourself on the boat - with the ferryman - says it all! :D It's clear you had a great day out and bagged four Munros to boot! That's a great shot down the ridge with Val leading! :lol:
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4

Postby Bod » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:51 am

Cheers Redrock, that was a fun wee ridge down to the bealach before Sgurr na Lapaich. After that it did feel like you were getting into the 2nd half of the day...a good feeling :D
Redrock wrote:Good one, Bod! I can't think of a more relaxed way of approaching a Munro walk than by boat! :lol: The picture of Sandy, Val and yourself on the boat - with the ferryman - says it all! :D It's clear you had a great day out and bagged four Munros to boot! That's a great shot down the ridge with Val leading! :lol:
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby dooterbang » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:52 am

Loving the boat ride.

have my eyes on these.

thanks for posting.
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby bootsandpaddles » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:13 pm

How did you arrange the boat ride?
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:26 pm

Brilliant, what a day you all got. I enjoy reading your reports, did you not do your reports under the username bob and valerie before? Love the V Dub camper, living the dream in style eh :D
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby Graeme D » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:06 pm

My mate Robin is always going on about doing exactly this - except that we'd stick a case of beer in the boat and wildcamp somewhere overnight. One day he'll stop talking about it and actually do it! :lol: Epic stuff! Great read and cracking photos. :thumbup:
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby Bod » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:34 pm

Hiya,
Call Karl on 01456 415347. He runs his boat up Loch Mullardoch from 1st April to 1st August. Good luck and enjoy :D
bootsandpaddles wrote:How did you arrange the boat ride?
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby Bod » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:38 pm

Thank you for your kind words. Yep, that was us, but Valerie has her own log on now - in our early walkhighlands days we had no idea how much we were going to use the site, and have since decided to have our own access....waiting for her first report...lookout for posts by Beanierocks (usually my reports count for us both). Cheers the noo
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby bradan » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:54 am

Did this route, sort of, yesterday. The ferry is now run by Angus - http://www.loch-mullardoch-ferry.co.uk/ - £25 well spend.

Angus dropped us just round the corner at Am Mam. It makes for a steeper and more direct approch to An Socach and best of all, avoids the peat hags. It's a very good and obvious path in most places. I was on my own and so had no need to hang around, especially as there was broken, low cloud and a promise of thunder and heavy showers. Total time, 6 hours, the slog up Sgurr na Lapaich was tough in the humid heat. Coming off Carn nan Gobhar it makes sense to drop down left just before Mullach na Maoile and pick up the very obvious new Hydro track for the last 3k.
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Re: Loch Mullardoch 4 by boat!

Postby Bod » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:38 pm

Cool, thanks for that, might just have to repeat this trip one day soon :D :D :D

bradan wrote:Did this route, sort of, yesterday. The ferry is now run by Angus - http://www.loch-mullardoch-ferry.co.uk/ - £25 well spend.

Angus dropped us just round the corner at Am Mam. It makes for a steeper and more direct approch to An Socach and best of all, avoids the peat hags. It's a very good and obvious path in most places. I was on my own and so had no need to hang around, especially as there was broken, low cloud and a promise of thunder and heavy showers. Total time, 6 hours, the slog up Sgurr na Lapaich was tough in the humid heat. Coming off Carn nan Gobhar it makes sense to drop down left just before Mullach na Maoile and pick up the very obvious new Hydro track for the last 3k.
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