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She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applecross

She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applecross


Postby AnnieMacD » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:35 pm

Date walked: 05/07/2014

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 12.2 km

Ascent: 689m

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Poor old Meall Gorm doesn't qualify in any hill-walking lists as the drop from Sgurr a'Chaorachain probably isn't sufficient, but it and the connecting Creag a' Chumhaing are the most photographed of all the Applecross hills. In fact CaC is featured on the cover of the Cicerone Corbetts book (Volume 2 by Brian Johnson ) even though it isn't a Corbett - go figure!

I parked at the little two-vehicle parking spot above the top hairpin bend on the Bealach na Ba road and went straight up to the summit cairn - just because it's there (710m). It's recessed from the rim of the corrie and there really isn't much to say about it other than it's the highest point on this side of Coire na Ba. What is spectacular on a good day is the walk along the rim. There are many gullies down into the corrie below, some of which are negotiable and some are not. You can tell the ones the deer don't use as the grass is long and uneaten! As you can see from my track I pretty much peered into them all. One gradually loses height until down at the tip of CaC which is a mere 540m. At this point one is quite a bit below the road and you look up at it.

My track was along the rim of Meall Gorm right down to the buttress at the end.
ImageMeall Gorm by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Looking down Coire na Ba with Sgurr a' Chaorachain on the left.
ImageMeall Gorm-2 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Looking back up to the Bealach road.
ImageMeall Gorm-3 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Almost at the top of the buttress of Creag a' Chumhaing.
ImageMeall Gorm-4 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Loch Kishorn and beyond.
ImageMeall Gorm-5 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

On the top of the buttress. Maol Chean-dearg, An Ruadh Stac and Sgurr a' Gharaidh to the left.
ImageMeall Gorm-6 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

I had the choice of returning the way I had come or heading west and finding a way down after the craggy bits.

Heading south and looking over to Broadford on Skye.
ImageMeall Gorm-7 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Plockton and the Kintail hills in the distance.
ImageMeall Gorm-8 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

From the descent - Beinn Damh, Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh Stac in the evening light.
ImageMeall Gorm-9 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

I literally had to walk round the hill and then made a bee-line for the road as the walking was pretty rough. It was then a long haul up the road back to my car at the top of the pass.

Coming round the base of the buttress. You can just see the road running along the base of Sgurr a' Chaorachain.
ImageMeall Gorm-10 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

The long haul up the road. Meall Gorm on the left.
ImageMeall Gorm-11 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Looking back at Creag a' Chumhaing - I had descended the back of the hill and come around the base.
ImageMeall Gorm-12 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

The worst part of this walk is that the ascent is all at the end :crazy: As I was walking up the corrie two eagles circled overhead. I got photos of them but it was really too dark to take decent shots. But then this bunch of hinds and fawns was grazing just below the second hairpin bend.

ImageMeall Gorm-13 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Fantastic walk and highly recommended.
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby MunroMadMen » Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:50 pm

Wow they pics are stunning, looks like you had a brill day :)
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby Gordie12 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:56 pm

You live in a wonderful part of the country Annie.

Wouldn't fancy walking up that road at the end of a walk, last time I was there even the car struggled :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby JimboJim » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:05 am

And, she'll be doing another fine report. Great photo's too. You're lucky to be so close to such beauty.
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby jmarkb » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:35 am

Lovely!

I reckon that the round of Coire na Ba would be a much more popular outing if the road didn't exist!
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby NotJohnHenry » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:23 pm

Wonderful photos and walking report. Your recent reports are swaying my next trip to visiting the Applecross area, at least for a few days.
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:07 am

BRILLIANT pics. :clap: :clap: :clap: I'm really jealous :(
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:15 am

Wow, cracking set of photos. What a stunning looking place.
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby malky_c » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:42 am

This is great! Must try and combine something like this with a stay in Uags bothy sometime.
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Re: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain - Meall Gorm, Applec

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:03 pm

Thanks, everyone. This is a fabulous and exciting walk even if no tops to bag!

Malky, the path marked on the OS 25k map (between Airidh-drishaig and Uags) seems to have disappeared but there are plenty deer in this area and they have already figured out how to cross all the burns and gullies. It would be a great walk to the Uags bothy via Airigh-drishaig and then on to Toscaig. (I'd be happy to run you back over the Bealach to your car if need be!) Apparently Coire Sgamhadail is pretty special and I have yet to visit it - hmm, just given myself an idea...
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