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Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore


Postby Collaciotach » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:50 pm

Route description: Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach (Monadhliath), Carn Dearg (Monadhliath), Carn Sgulain

Date walked: 15/09/2013

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 25 km

Ascent: 978m

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Gleann A' Beannachar , Disairthne 14th An Lunasdal



What a bonnie Glen hidden behind Baile air an t Sleibh , named Gleann A'Beannachar to describe the horn shaped reach of the river, with its association to the chapel dedicated to St Bridget of Kildare ,Cladh Bridghe whose saint's day is 12th February :D

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Gleann A 'Beannachar


Set off from the car at 8 am in a clock wise direction , I m always keen to put in a slog at the start rather than at the end if at all possible

We soon found ourselves heading up the Allt Fionndrigh with good Autumn sunshine

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Gleann Fhionndrigh


Easy going here on a decent rough track ,thought about the graham Creag Liath however I want to explore the township ruins some more so will bag that another time ,be nice to visit on a cold snowy day :wink:

Once up on to the upper reaches of Glen Balloch it turns into a bit of a búrraidh with peat hags and plenty bog although dryish this week so not to bad that is why I decided to do these on a time after a few rainless days

Good move be poor traveling in the wet !

We were soon in sight of Carn dearg and with dry feet

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Carn Dearg


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Gu bhith suas


Once on the Bealach it is a short walk to the cairn perched at the edge of creagan

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Mullach


We spent a half hour here looking at the sealltain ,there is a sense of space right enough with good views to the Creag Meagaidh lot the Monadh Ruaidh however were under some cloud .

We found a hollow out of the cold wind ,there is snow in the air these day's it is no far away if the weather continues with this pattern.

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A'Deas


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Monadh agus beinn


The circuit from here is straight forward and we headed off over Carn Ban and the minor tops to find the very indistinguishable Carn Sgulain , a few showers around but hey they missed us :D

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Air Cuil


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Monadh Ard


A fairly long slog between the various minor humps and bumps nothing spectacular to view as the cloud was coming in around a nice wander all the same :)

No problems again with route finding given the iron posts :clap:

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Carn Sgulain


We did not hang around on the lump known as Sgulain but made our way quickly over to A'Chailleach a lot of boggy hag around this parts best done in dry weather gu dearbh

On the Mullach of A 'Chailleach we stopped again for twenty minutes and thought about the route down over a cup of tea .

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A 'Chailleach


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An Ear


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Air cuil Carn Dearg


We were quickly down from A'Cailleach an hour all told saw me back at the car in Gleann A'Beannachar by 2.30pm.

In 1841 there were eight townships in Glen Banchor, the ruins of which can still be seen marked on OS maps - Easterton, Westerton, Dalvalloch, Dalchurn, Lurgan, Milton, Croft Couneach, and Luib s with 85 inhabitants all told they would be gone by 1876 when the last five families of Clann Chattan were cleared from here to make way for sheep.

It is a pity to see such a place completely devoid of people .


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An ghille dubh


Cheerie a 'nis
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby BoyVertiginous » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:06 pm

Nice one, Colla, painting a marginally less gloomy picture of these three than Gordie12!
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:46 pm

I remember when i did this walk in clear weather that there wasn't a lot to see but still anice walk. The Graham was also the toughest climb of the day and not bad views either from it. :D
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby PeteR » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:26 pm

Three much maligned hills, but good to see you seem to have enjoyed your time on them :D I know I did on my two trips to them :D Definitely very different to many other hills, but that's why the Highlands are so great............so much variety :D
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Bod » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi Colla, nice one. We enjoyed these hills as a pair in summer conditions and Carn Dearg in winter with a hard crust of snow. Both cracking days out. I know exactly what you mean about the Glen feeling devoid of people, so obvious here that it wasn't always that way....
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:46 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:I remember when i did this walk in clear weather that there wasn't a lot to see but still anice walk. The Graham was also the toughest climb of the day and not bad views either from it. :D



And I was going to take the missus up that Graham on a nice snowy day ......... :lol:
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:47 pm

Bod wrote:Hi Colla, nice one. We enjoyed these hills as a pair in summer conditions and Carn Dearg in winter with a hard crust of snow. Both cracking days out. I know exactly what you mean about the Glen feeling devoid of people, so obvious here that it wasn't always that way....



Aye reckon they would be good walking in the correct kinda snow maybe even on skis , a fair hike though Bod .

That total of yours in progressing nicely :clap:
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:48 pm

PeteR wrote:Three much maligned hills, but good to see you seem to have enjoyed your time on them :D I know I did on my two trips to them :D Definitely very different to many other hills, but that's why the Highlands are so great............so much variety :D


Would have been a different tale in miserable weather I m sure :lol:
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:49 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Nice one, Colla, painting a marginally less gloomy picture of these three than Gordie12!


haha Aye I got a better day these would be poor fare in wet conditions though :wink:
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby rockhopper » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:11 pm

Great day to bring out the best of these hills :thumbup: ...and interesting as ever - cheers :)
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Re: Baile air an t Sleibhe - Three Munros of Newtonmore

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:19 am

rockhopper wrote:Great day to bring out the best of these hills :thumbup: ...and interesting as ever - cheers :)


Cheers R .. only a few to go for your big list :clap: when is your completion target ?
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