Wonderful, Wonderful Knoydart
by DougieB » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:05 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)
Date walked: 08/07/2013
Time taken: 21 hours
Distance: 41 km
Ascent: 1850m7 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I drove to Kinloch Hourn and parked in the small car park next to the farm and had a coffee and sticky bun in the coffee shop before setting off on the walk in to Barrisdale at 1115 with a very heavy pack. The path beside Loch Hourn is quite good but there are a lot of ups and downs and it took 3:30 to reach the bothy, much longer than I had planned.
I stopped off in the bothy to get out of the sun for a while and have some lunch. After lunch I headed off crossing the river Barrisdale and heading up through head height ferns following a path which zigged and zagged before emerging onto open hillside. The path then dropped down a little into Coire Dhorrcail where I had a short stop beside the Allt Coire Dhorrcail before heading up rough grass slopes to gain the ridge picking my way up steep terraces before emerging on the well defined ridge. The ridge gave excellent views in all directions and I took loads of photographs.
The ridge led directly to the summit of Ladhar Bheinn (1020 m) where I stayed a while taking more photographs. From the summit I followed the rim of the Coire Dhorrcail before heading down towards Mam Barrisdale where I chose an excellent spot to bivvy. Following some dinner and a warm drink I settled down for the night. It didn’t really get dark but I managed to get a few hours sleep.
I got up and had a quick bite to eat before heading down from my high bivvy site to the Mam Barrisdale. All the valleys were filled with fog due to a temperature inversion which made for some excellent photographs. From the col I followed a wet muddy path beside some rusting fence posts before climbing steep ground to reach the summit ridge. I stopped briefly at the summit of Luinne Bheinn (939 m) and carried onto the subsidiary top (937 m) where I stopped and had a warm drink and some lunch.
From the summit ridge I dropped down on a good path and contoured round to the bealach before the long climb to the summit of Meall Buidhe (946 m) where I met a few fellow walkers. From the top I headed north before dropping down steeply to the east heading for the 2 lochans. It was quite tough going to reach the lochans in the heat, the water looked very inviting. From the lochans I again contoured round over very rough ground to the Mam Barrisdale.
From the Mam I followed the landrover track back to the bothy where I again stopped for something to eat before heading back along Loch Hourn to Kinloch Hourn. Today was a very tiring day in the hills due to the unrelenting sunshine and heat. I drove back to Invergarry and booked into the hostel.
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by Fife Flyer » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:17 pm
Next year before I even contemplate heading that way
by Bruno » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:18 pm