walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Casteal Abhail

Casteal Abhail


Postby mr_ash_37 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:01 pm

Route description: Caisteal Abhail, via North Glen Sannox

Corbetts included on this walk: Caisteal Abhail

Date walked: 05/11/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Ascent: 859m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Thanks to Dooterbang and Mountain Thyme for their trip reports.

Spent a week with my family in Arran, based in Corrie. It was wonderful. What a view from the cottage and the wildlife was amazing. Anyway my wife allowed me a mornings walk, so set off early with my sights on Caisteal Abhail.

My chosen route was from north sannox burn and I followed the path up past the waterfalls, beautiful start to the walk and I was welcomed by 2 stags and 2 deers to their patch. At the end of the man made path I followed a faint path and went for the Sail An Im route up to the castles. The river crossing was fun and i had to rely on my poles for help, as there had been a lot of rain.

All of a sudden the route was very boggy however i managed to stay dry. Progress was quick and the views really opened up and i witnessed the ridge ahead. At this point the weather was fantastic however there was a little cloud over the summit.

At Sail An Im i caught a view of the paps of jura and the arrocher alps. The paps were fantastic as i had nevered viewed them before. Very clear view.

As i neared the summit thick cloud came in and i nearly called it a day However it did not last long and the clear skies opened again. The views from the summit were wonderful and arrans summits and ridges were awesome. I cant wait to get back over.

On my return i witnessed a brocken spectre which was truly wonderful to witness and even better to capture on cameras.

Easy return via a different route but boggy again.

Fantastic day on a fantastic island.
Attachments
DSC_0147.JPG
DSC_0167.JPG
The Arrochar Alps
DSC_0169.JPG
DSC_0177.JPG
The Paps of Jura
DSC_0185.JPG
DSC_0192.JPG
DSC_0194.JPG
DSC_0206.JPG
DSC_0220.JPG
2012-11-05 08.22.31.jpg
2012-11-05 08.51.00.jpg
2012-11-05 10.49.17.jpg
2012-11-05 10.37.18.jpg
2012-11-05 10.38.02.jpg
2012-11-05 09.48.32.jpg
2012-11-05 09.48.09.jpg
2012-11-05 09.33.33.jpg
2012-11-05 09.33.00.jpg
Last edited by mr_ash_37 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
mr_ash_37
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 175
Munros:60   Corbetts:3
Joined: Jan 20, 2012
Location: East Ayrshire

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby Phil the Hill » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:47 pm

Looks like you had a great day for it - and a Brocken Spectre too! Nice panoramas.

I was up there in June, but still haven't posted my own trip report. So many photos from the week, I'm still working on sorting and processing them.
User avatar
Phil the Hill
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 331
Munros:261   Corbetts:26
Grahams:5   Donalds:6
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:137
Wainwrights:58   Islands:8
Joined: Sep 22, 2010
Location: Wallington, Surrey

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby mr_ash_37 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:58 pm

Cheers Phil, appreciated. Also cheers for the brocken spectre advice.
My report is not yet finished haha only done part of the story....
Yeah was a fab day. Grt solo day.

Look forward to your report. I know The feeling i always take toooooo many.

Cheers Again.
User avatar
mr_ash_37
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 175
Munros:60   Corbetts:3
Joined: Jan 20, 2012
Location: East Ayrshire

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby mr_ash_37 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:42 pm

Walk report finally completed.....
User avatar
mr_ash_37
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 175
Munros:60   Corbetts:3
Joined: Jan 20, 2012
Location: East Ayrshire

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby kevsbald » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:53 pm

Looks molto tasty - plan to head back to Arran next year and partake in this fine lass over the Witche' step.
User avatar
kevsbald
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 2148
Munros:260   Corbetts:114
Grahams:76   Donalds:51
Sub 2000:12   Hewitts:8
Wainwrights:15   
Joined: Jan 15, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby bobble_hat_kenny » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:59 pm

mr_ash_37 wrote:At Sail An Im i caught a view of the paps of jura and the arrocher alps. The paps were fantastic as i had never viewed them before. Very clear view.

Aye, these Arran Corbetts are fantastic, all 4 of them. But if I may put in a plug on behalf of Arran's lower hills, the wee Graham Beinn Bharrain round at Pirnmill has even better views of the Paps of Jura ... did it back in the summer this year and got some good Pap views, so to speak :lol: !
User avatar
bobble_hat_kenny
Walker
 
Posts: 328
Munros:187   Corbetts:33
Grahams:34   Donalds:19
Sub 2000:23   Hewitts:2
Joined: Sep 3, 2011

Re: Casteal Abhail

Postby tomyboy73 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:17 pm

great pics, hopefully be over there again next year
User avatar
tomyboy73
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1006
Munros:132   Corbetts:21
Grahams:6   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:5
Wainwrights:1   Islands:4
Joined: Jan 21, 2010

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 45 guests