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Torridon Heaven

Torridon Heaven


Postby Cuillin » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:32 pm

Date walked: 10/01/2010

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My objective on Sunday was to ascend the sub 2000 Marilyn Bidein Clann Raonaild and get some nice views of Torridon in the forecast clear air. As I left the house it was a chilly -10oC and I had a good feeling that there would be some great views on this trip.

Little Wyvis (Corbett) from near the Achilty Hotel
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As I passed Garve it became more and more white and the views just got better and better. :)

Sgurr a’ Mhuillin (Corbett) outlier and Loch a’ Chuillin
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Although the road was in good condition, it was getting very, very cold as I got nearer Achnasheen!!

Nearly as cold as my freezer! 8O
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Fionn Bheinn (Munro)
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The hamlet of Achnasheen flew by in a wink as usual but I started to get some good views towards Torridon.

Sgurr Dubh(Corbett) & Liathach(Munros) across Loch a’ Chroisg
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Liathach, Bidein Clan Raonaild(Sub 2000 Marilyn) & Beinn Eighe(Munros)
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Now for the bad news! :evil: It proved to be impossible to get a parking spot anywhere near the start point for Bidein Clann Raonaild, as either side of the road was covered in ploughed snow and there was no way I was prepared to block the road in order to dig out a space for the car.

However, I decided to make the best use of my time and started on a tour of Torridon to take some pictures – sit back and enjoy as today was really special! 8) 8) .First hill is visible as you enter Kinlochewe near the Incheril turn off.

Meall a’ Ghiuthais(Corbett)
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Took the next shot just by Kinlochewe’s petrol station.

Robin and Beinn Eighe from Kinlochewe
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Given where the sun was, I decided to head off up Loch Maree to get some pics and it was an absolute pleasure to see peak after snowy peak. :)

Slioch(Munro)
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Slioch Zoom
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I had wondered about heading up by Slattadale to get a shot of Baosbheinn but reckoned that the light would be wrong, so headed up to the Loch Maree Hotel to get some pictures by the wee piers where I’d taken the boat over to do Beinn Lair & Meall Mheinnidh in July.

Saw a pair of one of my favourite birds by an old pier.

Migrant Whooper Swans by Loch Maree Hotel
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However, it wasn’t only the wildlife that was of interest here as the views across Loch Maree’s islands were fantastic, just follow the link below to see what I saw.

<<<Click Here For Loch Maree Hotel Pano>>>

Here’s the same hills pictured individually.

Beinn Airigh Charr(Corbett)
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Meall Mheinnidh(Graham)
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Beinn Lair(Corbett)
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Having really enjoyed Loch Maree, I decided to head for Loch Clair, hoping to get some good shots of Liathach & Beinn Eighe. The temperature even at midday was -9oC but in the sunshine it was actually quite nice as I walked down the icy track (my Kahtoola Microspikes were great on this surface).

Loch Clair Outflow
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As I walked along the track I could see the sun glinting off the hoar frost and took the following picture which shows just how delicate the frost crystals are.

Hoar frost on stem
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However, my main target was to take a decent picture of Liathach and I just couldn’t believe how perfect the conditions were – I must have taken about twenty shots! :oops:

Liathach
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Zoom shot of the eastern Munro.

Spidean a’ Choire Leith(Munro)
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Of course it isn’t all about Munros round here and the next shot is of a very fine Corbett.

Sgurr Dubh(Corbett)
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How to spoil a picture..... :roll:

Cuillin with Loch Clair & Liathach behind
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Of course Loch Clair also gives a good view of the mighty Beinn Eighe, so here’s a link to a pano shot.

<<<Click Here For Beinn Eighe Pano>>>

Well all good things come to an end and it was time to head off back home, leaving the blue sky and virtually windless clear air behind.

Looking back to Torridon
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As I approached Achnasheen, it was more like entering a zoo as there were deer all over the place.

A couple of stags
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A couple of hinds
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Just a perfect day all round and even though I didn’t get much of a walk, I wouldn’t have missed any part of the day. :D :D
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby Alan S » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:43 pm

Cracking pics there cuillin 8) :thumbup:
If i was to pick a favourite from that it would be the 1st pic of Slioch
What a stunning looking area,cant wait to get up there
Well done :clap:
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby bazer100 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:40 pm

thanks for sharing those pictures are exellent, really enjoyed looking at them, love the pictures of the stags in the snow, brilliant, i think your views and animals made up for your lack of walking

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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby mountain coward » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:03 am

Those poor deer must be totally fed up by now (but then I guess Scotland normally gets this much snow - we don't normally!)... Certainly wasn't a waste of a day getting such cracking pics was it... I like the Slioch ones best too!
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby Stretch » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:16 am

This is my fav report so far this winter Cuillin, even though its more of a tour through Torridon, the pics are excellent and captures the landscape brilliantly!
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:17 am

Excellent :D Nice to see a bit more of Torridon and pics from the same spot I was at on Dec 27 walking round Loch Cuillin and Loch Clair. It's clear to see there's a LOT more snow on your trip! On my way home I got stuck in the Loch Maree viewpoint car park - had the spade out and the car mats under the wheels! :lol:
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby kevsbald » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:40 am

technical question - how do you get your pics so big - I thought the max size was 480 by 640?
Fab pics.
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:54 am

Stunning pics Cuillin!

The max width is 640 pixels as you say Kev; the pics in the report are shown scaled to that width though Cuillin has linked to them on a photo hosting site rather than uploaded them to walkhighlands.
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby kevsbald » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:58 am

Thanks Paul.
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:11 pm

Brilliant - my fave climbing and walking area of Scotland and amazing to see it all in such amazing winter finery! Thanks Cuillin! :D As I've said before, the view of Slioch across Loch Maree from between the hotel and Bridge of Grudie is just one of the best things ever, but I'd never seen it looking like that before.
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby Cuillin » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:22 pm

Thanks for the comments folks and although I've to Torridon on countless occasions before, I've never seen it so clear and bright with perfect snow conditions. :D

Glad you enjoyed the pictures.
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Re: Torridon Heaven

Postby allansmitchell » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:25 pm

Thanks for that post, stunning pictures, realy enjoyed that
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