Knoydart loop from Inverie
by rockhopper » Wed May 07, 2014 11:07 pm
Route description: Luinne Bheinn and Meall Bhuidhe, Inverie, Knoydart
Munros included on this walk: Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)
Date walked: 03/05/2014
Time taken: 15 hours
Distance: 33 km
Ascent: 2550m12 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).
Date: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014
Time taken: 15hrs (incl just over 4hrs stops) approx
Distance: 33km approx
Ascent: 2,550m approx
Forecast for the holiday weekend was looking fairly good earlier in the week but couldn’t get the Friday off even though it looked even better. Reserved a place on the Knoydart Seabridge Ferry for the first service on the Saturday at 1030hrs (though with the possibility they may put on an earlier service if needed). Also reserved a return trip from Inverie on the Sunday at 1700hrs (with an option for 1400hrs depending on how I got on).
Got a phone call on the Friday morning to say that there would be an 0815hrs service so jumped at the chance especially as the Saturday afternoon forecast had gone downhill a bit. A bit too much to do that evening meant only a few hours sleep before an early start for Mallaig.
Nice drive up – long time since I’ve been this far west of Fort William
Arriving at Mallaig, the long stay car park on the left was full – probably due to the early CalMac sailing. Drove round to east bay and parked in one of the long stay spaces (not the first batch which are shorter stay). Wandered round to the harbour and spoke with a couple who were the other passengers on the same trip.
Ferry from Mallaig to Inverie
Not long before leaving the harbour behind
The view as we headed in towards loch Nevis
Passed Rubha Raonuill with the statue of the Madonna which was erected by the Catholic community marking the entrance to Loch Nevis.
Approaching Inverie with Sgurr Coire Choinnichean above
After landing, got my stuff sorted out then walked through the village
Walked past the plaque erected in March 2009 which commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Knoydart buyout. Then past the memorial to the Seven Men of Knoydart who attempted unsuccessfully to claim land and crofts from Lord Brocket on Knoydart not long after the second world war.
Further round looking back to the bay
Walked on and caught up with the three walkers who all worked for the same business in Edinburgh – for one of them this was his first hill walk – they were staying in the bunkhouse and were planning to walk Meall Buidhe. We continued together up Gleann Meadail and met another two walkers who were aiming for a corbett.
Past the monument to Lord Brocket who bought the Knoydart estate in the 1930’s and was a personal guest at Hitler’s 50th birthday in 1939.
The three had originally considered walking up the glen to the bealach then up to Meall Buidhe but changed their minds and opted to approach the more direct route which I was planning.
Left the track and headed fairly steeply upwards with views back to the bay
The bracken was only just starting to grow so the going was quite good – could imagine it being a lot harder in high summer. The three stopped a few times and were soon quite far behind. Unfortunately I couldn’t wait for them as I had a bit farther to go so pressed on.
Along the ridge then a drop down before the ascent to the summit
Luinne Bheinn looked rather a long way off
Met three other walkers at the summit – think they said that they had set off about 0700hrs from the bunkhouse. One was going back as he wasn’t feeling too fit and the other two set off just as I arrived.
Sgurr na Ciche
Had some food then set off towards Luinne Bheinn
A fair few ups and downs on the way and a bit rough at times – guess that’s why they’re called the rough bounds. Clear views of where I was headed through.
Looking back to Meall Buidhe
Final approach to the summit
Met two walkers at the summit who were up for some photography. Also met a lady walker who had camped high on Ladhar Bheinn the previous night ( with better weather than I was about to experience).
Towards Barrisdale Bay
Towards Inverie Bay
After some food, headed off NW down towards Mam Barrisdale. Was starting to run out of water at this point but unlikely to be any until much further down. Got to Mam Barrisdale with the weather starting to turn. Had originally thought about camping up at the 849m point, leaving the rucksack, walking up to Ladhar Bheinn then returning to Inverie via Sgurr Coire Choinnichean. However, this would require good weather and a lot more walking that evening which was not looking feasible.
Had to find some water and the first burn marked on the map turned out to be dry. Kept going NW and the next burn had a plenty water. Followed it uphill until it started to disappear when I stopped to replenish my supplies. After an extended stop I set off again laden down with about 4kg of water to cover dinner, breakfast and the next day’s walk.
Was past the 640m point to the right high up on Coire a’ Phuill when the rain started. Just at that point a large group appeared on the way down – they were finishing off the circuit of Ladhar Bheinn and were staying at the White House. I could see the next bit was steep before reaching the traverse path and, with the rain starting, decided to stop for the night even though it wasn’t much after 1730hrs.
Rain and wind most of the night. Woke up early, looked out to see clag and rain and went back to sleep. Eventually had breakfast and got everything packed up inside the tent. A lull in the rain and I quickly got out and packed up the tent.
No more photos until reaching the top. The rain returned as I set off a little after 0700hrs. The first part was a bit scrambly require hands and the occasional knee before getting to the traverse path up to the 849m point. A few more scrambly up and down bits on the way to the top but couldn’t see anything in the clag and rain. Think the camping pack and the rain made these bits harder than usual.
Cairn before getting to the summit
Summit with shattered trig point
Didn’t hang around long as the clag and rain didn’t look like clearing. On the way down, met two walkers on their way up – think they said they’d been on Rum the previous week and that it had been very warm.
Down to Gleann na Guiserain and the run by the Allt
Then the long walk back to Inverie in the rain. Arrived before 1300hrs – phoned from the shop to check I could get the earlier ferry back and had a chat with the lady in the shop. Met up with my fellow passengers at the harbour for the return trip. Turned out that the 1700hrs sailing was fully booked with some not being able to get a space so I’d be freeing up one space.
Then the drive back to Glasgow in plenty time for dinner. First trip to Knoydart, really do want to return.
by Collaciotach » Wed May 07, 2014 11:14 pm
Good report and aye we got blown about a wee bit on Saturday night as well ,shame weather did nt stay Labhar Bheinn is a bonnie hill
by The Rodmiester » Thu May 08, 2014 7:41 am
by scoob999 » Thu May 08, 2014 7:44 am
Pity about the weather on day two though Great area and great hills, must get back again soon
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 08, 2014 8:22 am
by Johnny Corbett » Thu May 08, 2014 3:34 pm
by mr_ash_37 » Thu May 08, 2014 4:41 pm
by pigeon » Thu May 08, 2014 5:00 pm
by dooterbang » Thu May 08, 2014 6:06 pm
Looks like you got some decent views before the weather turned. I'll be keeping these for a scorcher
Maybe you could walk in from Kinlochhourn next time
Another 10 days and hopefully I'll get the all clear to get back on the hills, a 3 month exile has been way too long
by rockhopper » Fri May 09, 2014 12:55 pm
at least I started from sea level whereas you'll proabably start from a car park (having driven there) which is above sea level (....well maybe about 5 metres) - cheerspigeon wrote:.........although being a purist i won't be taking the boat!
by pigeon » Fri May 09, 2014 2:24 pm
Nae more boats for me,will you let me of with the ferry to Mull?rockhopper wrote:at least I started from sea level whereas you'll proabably start from a car park (having driven there) which is above sea level (....well maybe about 5 metres) - cheerspigeon wrote:.........although being a purist i won't be taking the boat!
by jimandandrea » Sat May 10, 2014 9:33 am
Great pics and story. A great 1st day shame the 2nd wasn't so good but still...
Nearly there - grand work.
by Silverhill » Mon May 12, 2014 9:34 pm
I hope you get a few good days soon for Torridon!
by edinburgh36 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:40 pm
Thanks for the inspiration & GPX file
by BethSutton » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:53 pm