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Glen Strathfarrar Four

Glen Strathfarrar Four


Postby GariochTom » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Route description: Glen Strathfarrar Munros circuit

Munros included on this walk: Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar), Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, Sgurr na Ruaidhe

Date walked: 18/09/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1440m

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We waited at the car park by Struy for the nice lady in the house to unlock the gate, which she did at 9am, and we then drove up the private road up Glen Strathfarrar. The glen is beautiful, and we passed extensive areas of Scots pine and birch. After leaving a car at the end point of the walk, we drove back to the start point, where we started the gradual ascent alongside the Allt Coire Mhuillidh.
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After a short while we caught up with the others who had been dropped off a little earlier.
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We squelched through saturated and boggy ground for longer than we would have liked, on the approach to Coire Mhuillidh.
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Fortunately, once we had veared to the right to head up Sgurr na Rhuaidhe, the ground became a little drier and we gained height more quickly.
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Although the views to the southwest were still fairly clear, the rolling top of Sgurr na Rhuaidhe was in cloud. We made a slight descent before the ascent to the top.
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It was not long before we reached the second munro, Carn nan Gobhar, after a short rocky section and a gentle slope. There were good views north to Glen Orrin and the Strathconan Forest, and the third, more picturesque munro of the day could be seen.
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We headed over the rocks and then steeply down to Bealach Sneachda.
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It was then a tiring ascent up the sharp ridge to Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais - and into the cloud again.
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Creag Gorm a' Bhealach was the next target.
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After taking in fine views through the clouds, we headed up to the fourth munro, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill.
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The steep face of Sgurr na Muice and Loch Toll a' Mhuic below made a particularly impressive scene, as we descended south.
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On our descent we passed some falls on the Allt Toll a' Mhuic, and faced a number of burn crossings before we eventually reached the track that led back to the car.
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Re: Glen Strathfarrar Four

Postby BoyVertiginous » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:18 pm

Very nice GT, cracking photos.
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Re: Glen Strathfarrar Four

Postby soulminer » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:13 am

Glen Strathfarrar is a stunning place 8) We walked back out, long but very scenic 8) -found the Mansion House to be slightly 'out of place'- more suited to Dallas :lol:
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Re: Glen Strathfarrar Four

Postby GariochTom » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:13 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Very nice GT, cracking photos.

Thanks!

soulminer wrote:Glen Strathfarrar is a stunning place 8) We walked back out, long but very scenic 8) -found the Mansion House to be slightly 'out of place'- more suited to Dallas :lol:

I agree completely! Rather you than me, walking back out of the glen - I thought it was a long way just driving it!
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