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From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:11 pm
by past my sell by date
All hill walks are nice, but I find something particularly satisfying about starting from one valley and walking though the hills to finish in another. All you need is someone prepared to drive you to the start and pick you up at the finish. My partner Donna has had a number of hip transplants, and while long walks are beyond her she is happy to perform this function.
I had always heard excelllent reports about the Flowerdale forest, so on a brilliant day at the begining of June with just a dusting of snow on the highest tops, we drove round from our base at Shieldaig, parked at the "green shed" and walked up the path through the woods to Loch Na-h-Oidiche.
Looking up Loch-na-h-oidiche

Donna returned from here and drove back to Torridon and having to chose one of the hills, I set off up Beinn an Eoin. climbing up steep heather I reached a diagonal terrace which led L to reach the huge sandstone slabs of the North ridge which I followed to the summit
On the ridge looking S to Beinn alligin

Slioch N across loch Maree

Alligin and Baosbheinn across the loch

Looking through the gap between Alligin and B
einn Dearg

Looking upthe ridge to the summit

The views from the Summit were superb - Beinn Eighe (looking straight into Coire Mhic Fearchair) Liatach, Beinn Dearg and Beinn Alligin
Beinn Eighe from just below the summit

Looking straight across into Coire Mhic Fearchair

Liatach with Carn-na-Feola in front

Dearg and Alligin

Baosbheinn across the loch - the sea beyond

Looking back down the N ridge

I made the steep descent to the valley with some difficulty - it looks so easy from below -
Looking back at the descent

Beinn Eighe and Carn-na-Feola from the valley - Liatach behind

Beinn Eighe

Looking back at Beinn-an-Eoin

and headed directly across the moor to the Dearg- Alligin gap, getting great views of the other side of Baosbheinn.
Baosbheinn and Loch-a-Bhealach

I had seen no- one on my hill, but as soon as I passed into Torridon - now in the shade - i was joined by dozens of others scurrying along the major paths . I made my way hurriedly back to the big car park to find Donna waiting patiently

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Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:46 pm
by IreneM
Wonderful photos!!!!!

Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:27 pm
by Silverhill
Drool, drool, drool! Gorgeous! :D

Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:34 pm
by rockhopper
Magic :thumbup: Have been as far as Poca Buidhe a couple of times but not yet up into the hills - looks fantastic - cheers :)

Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:59 pm
by bairdo boy
Great report bud. I am well jealous

Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:08 pm
by AnnieMacD
Wow, that looks like a fantastic walk with amazing scenery. Great report and photos.

Re: From Loch Maree to Torridon

PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 1:54 pm
by past my sell by date
Thanks guys - Torridon is certainly stunning when the weather is good