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A Mull Graham

A Mull Graham

Postby Gavin99 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:30 pm

Route description: Beinn Talaidh, via Glen Forsa

Fionas included on this walk: Beinn Talaidh

Date walked: 21/06/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 18.5 km

Ascent: 780m

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I was spending a week on Mull on a family holiday and had managed to climb the island’s Munro and Corbett without getting anything that could be described as a decent view . I decided to aim lower and head for this Graham tucked away at the head of Glen Forsa , the forecast was reasonable for the day and I set off nice and early up the good estate track which runs all the way up the Glen .

Beinn Talaidh looked very far away and the track seemed to go on and on but I spotted a Short- eared owl and a distant Golden eagle which kept me happy and eventually the aircrash memorial came into view .

Not long after the memorial Tomsleibhe bothy is reached , a lovely spot and very clean and tidy inside with a well stocked library .
I resisted the temptation to settle down with a good book and carried on up the hill over now pathless ground , the slope steepening into a long slog up grass and bracken ,gaining a few hundred metres in height before the angle eased and the approach to the summit came into view .

Thankfully the cloud held off and I arrived at the top to be greeted by some fine views of the island .
View E from summit to Dun da Ghaoithe
W to Ben More and Corra Bheinn
NW to Loch Ba
The wind had been picking up as I gained height and was now quite strong so I didn’t spend too much time on the summit . Instead of retracing my steps I decided to descend NE to Beinn Bheag , this was on very steep and loose scree but wasn’t too bad going down , I certainly wouldn’t fancy trying to ascend this way .
Descent route
View back to Beinn Talaidh
Eventually I reached more solid ground and made my way onto the interesting rocky ridge which led north down to the bothy and Glen Forsa .
Beinn Bheag
Looking down Glen Forsa and the Sound of Mull towards Ardnamurchan
Back to Tomsleibhe bothy

The track seemed even longer on the way out but the glen is full of wildlife and I stopped for a while to watch two eagles soaring and diving high above me . By the time I reached the road I was definitely fed up with walking on estate tracks , a two wheeled contraption would definitely make life a lot easier but this was still a lovely walk and a fine hill.
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Re: A Mull Graham

Postby pigeon » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:50 pm

Looks a good wee walk Gavin,only been to Mull once and sat in the Mish Nish pub all day :lol: Next time i'll try a few hills :D
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Re: A Mull Graham

Postby Glen Fruin » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:01 pm

What a great looking bothy Gavin and good to see Mull and a Graham also!

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Re: A Mull Graham

Postby ChrisW » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:23 am

Great report Gavin, good to see a bit of Mull, you saw some pretty cool wildlife too by the sound of it. That bothy looked tempting :wink:
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Re: A Mull Graham

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:24 am

Looks an interesting one Gavin. I hope to venture to Mull in the near future to climb the Munro, Corbett and as many of the Grahams as i can, so it's good to see you can bike up the track of this one. Cheers :D
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Re: A Mull Graham

Postby malky_c » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:35 am

Looks like a good long route in from the north - I cheated and went up from the south, which is less than half the distance. Seems like your experiences have been similar to mine - I had rubbish weather in Ben More and Dun Da Gaoithe, but got some decent views from this one. Looking forward to going back as there's loads more good walking there. Cheers :)
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