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Feral Goats of Beinn Sgulaird

Feral Goats of Beinn Sgulaird


Postby jwramsay » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:20 pm

Route description: Beinn Sgulaird

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Sgulaird

Date walked: 28/08/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1240m

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I picked Peter up at 7.30am on Sunday 28th August 2011 and we drove up Loch Lomondside from Glasgow playing "hunt the non cloud topped munro". We drove up to Crianlarich, onto Tyndrum and up through Bride of Orchy. No joy!
When we reached Glencoe, clouds abound too, so kept going. We decided that Beinn Sgulaird down the coast at Appin would be a good bet and luckily we called it right!

I accessed the Walkhighlands website from my Blackberry to find the recommended route. We parked at the end of the southmost road around Loch Creran. Thanks to the guide, we found the layby with the electronic sign and
the two paths nearby. The right path goes to the gardens with a big "Gardens Closed" sign, the left path is for Beinn Sgulaird - 3074 feet (937m). No head start here, this one starts at sea level.

The walk starts of a wide landrover track, which initally goes through the pine forest, but soon the path is cutting through a cow field. There is a cut off to the right when rises steeply up onto the ridge. This is "clearly" marked by a small cairn that Peter and I totally missed! Instead we kept following the landrover track round the side of the mountain. We decided to follow this landrover track all the way to the bealach between Beinn Sgulaird and the corbet to the right, basically all the way to the top of Coire Buidhe.


View from the top of Coire Buide back towards Loch Creran:
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Coire Buide


View to the distant summit, so diagonal ascent from here:
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View to the distant summit


At this point we cut up diagonally around the back of the mountain, and bypassed the 863m sub-top. We could see some feral goats staring down on us from that top. There is still a bit of ascent and descent to endure until the slog up to the true summit at the end of the ridge.

Goats looking down on us from on high:
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Goats are watching from on high


We meet the main ridge here, just after the 863m summit:
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Meet the ridge


Looking forward to the main summit from the 848m summit:
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848m summit


Looking backwards to the ridge and the sea:
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ridge and sea


The summit gets a bit of cloud briefly:
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summit cloud


And the ridge gets the cloud too:
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ridge cloud


Just before we reached the summit some cloud moved in, but it was brief. The views we had were pretty good considering the eather. I'm imagine on a day with great visibility that the view would be absolutely stunning. We could see out to the islands and Mull. We could see down to Cruachan. We could see over to Starav. We could see the Glencie Hills of the Bookles and Bidean Nam Bian. We could see the Ballachulish horseshoe.




We then returned via the same route, but this time sticking to the undulating ridge all of of the way. At the top of the 863m summit, I encountered the feral goat herd, almost 10 strong I reckoned. I ventured as close as they allowed and got some photos. At this point, I noticed the strong smell eminating from them. I'd describe the smell as like a hamster cage that hasn't been cleaned for a while.

The mountain goats up close:
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goats up close


Goats with Ben Starav in the distance:
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Goats and Ben Starav


The decent is pretty steep and Peter and I were convinced we'd made the right choice of ascent. I loved the fact that when you exit the ridge the layby where the car is parked is not too far away at all!

View back up to the Bealach that we aimed for initially:
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bealach



The (not so obvious) cairn that marks the start of the ridge ascent:
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cairn


Beinn Sgulaird from Loch Creran:
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Beinn Sgulaird


Youtube Video:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEjivqGLnzU&hd=1[/youtube]
Last edited by jwramsay on Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:28 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Feral Goats of Beinn Sgulaird

Postby dogplodder » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:26 pm

Did this hill the opposite way round to you on a scorching hot day in 2000. But sadly didn't see the goats. :thumbdown: Maybe too hot for them and they were lying low in the shade.
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Re: Feral Goats of Beinn Sgulaird

Postby jwramsay » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:20 am

Now updated with a youtube video.
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