Loch Lochy Munros
by AnnieMacD » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:40 pm
Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan
Munros included on this walk: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
Date walked: 07/09/2014
Time taken: 8.45 hours
Distance: 20 km
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I nearly didn't write a report for these two as I didn't enjoy them much, but now that it's been a few days I can see that it's better to share as all the baggers have to do them regardless. I feel about them much the same as I do about Fionn Bheinn and one of them has many similarities.
The weather forecast was all over the place at the weekend (mostly cloud and rain) but it looked like the conditions would be better further south and I decided to give the two Loch Lochy Munros a go as Kintail looked mist-bound.
However, the sun breaking through the cloud on the South Glenshiel Ridge on the way down was quite spectacular.
Glen Shiel in the early morning
Loch Lochy Munros-1 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
I headed down to Kilfinnan and parked up at the farm at the end of the main road. It's a long, pretty flat walk along the lochside. After approx 1km take the right fork and then it's a bit of a slog (4km) to the marker for the start of the hill path. I kept thinking I must have missed it - ha ha, no such luck!
There's a small cairn on the left just opposite the start of the hill path on the right.
Loch Lochy Munros-2 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The old coffin road is another long gradual climb through the trees and then up to the bealach between Sron a'Choire Ghairbh and Meall Dubh. It was at this point that I decided to do SaCG before Meall an Teanga as the latter had a bit of mist on top and I reckoned it would clear by the time I got there. So I took a right up the zig-zags (another bit of a slog, so much so that I cut a few corners) to reach the ridge. It's not far at all from there up to the summit cairn. Well, what to say? This hill was a bit of a disappointment and reminded me greatly of Fionn Bheinn. There looked to be a decent ridge walk around to the east and wished I had done the other hill first as this would have been a good alternative way off with the option of going up Beinn Tee on the way. I stayed only a few minutes, took a turn around the summit plateau and headed back the way I came back down to the bealach. On the way I met two guys (Kim and Joe) who were in a hurry and had similar feelings about the hill. They had left their packs at the bealach and were fairly hoofing it.
Up the coffin road heading for the bealach.
Loch Lochy Munros-3 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Half way up the zig-zags and looking down towards Gleann Cia-aig (which is an alternative route up to the bealach).
Loch Lochy Munros-4 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Looking back to Meall Dubh and Meall na Teanga beyond. The path to Meall na Teanga goes around the shoulder of Meall Dubh, across the bealach and then fairly steeply up to the ridge.
Loch Lochy Munros-5 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
On the ridge and looking down Coire Glas.
Loch Lochy Munros-6 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
From the summit looking west.
Loch Lochy Munros-7 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Summit cairn looking east to Sean Mheall.
Loch Lochy Munros-8 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Down Coire Glas again. You can see Ben Tee on the left (which would have made a good walk) and Loch Ness in the far distance.
Loch Lochy Munros-9 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Heading down again and Kim and Joe are heading up. This was definitely my shortest visit to a summit - I didn't even take my backpack off!
Loch Lochy Munros-10 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
After getting back to the bealach I followed the path round the shoulder of Meall Dubh and the up to the ridge of Meall na Teanga. The wind was up by now and pretty nippy. A fairly steep climb on another zig-zag path up to the ridge, so I totally missed the zs here and headed straight up the grassy slopes - much easier! As I neared the top I met Joe and Kim on the way down (they had overtaken me half way up - again with no packs), went over to the cairn but it was quite blowy now and very cold so went down the lee side for some shelter and found a father and son who were also sheltering for lunch and chatted to them for a while. We were looking at alternative descents but as we weren't sure about the fire breaks in the wood, concluded the safest way was the return by the ascent route. After lunch I set off for the LONG trek back. The section from the bealach to the track was the most pleasant of the day as the sun shone for short times, it was warmer, and I was heading home The path through the wood felt like it was three times longer than the walk-in - so wish I had taken my bike!
Back at the watershed/bealach. There isn't a cairn here but it's the highest point on the bealach and you can see the water going down both sides of the hill. There is this fence-post, however, so could be useful in mist.
Loch Lochy Munros-11 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Heading up to Meall na Teanga. Kim and Joe had overtaken me and there was father/son duo further up. I met two other guys as I was descending and that was it all day.
Loch Lochy Munros-12 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Summit cairn of Meall na Teanga.
Loch Lochy Munros-13 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Loch Lochy from the summit.
Loch Lochy Munros-14 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Towards Spean Bridge. The cloud stayed off the top but wasn't much higher as you can see. I did not get any great views at all.
Loch Lochy Munros-15 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Descending from Meall na Teanga and looking across to the zig-zags on Sron a'Choire Ghairbh.
Loch Lochy Munros-16 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Heading back down the coffin path...
Loch Lochy Munros-17 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
... and looking back up. The hillside was pretty in the afternoon sun.
Loch Lochy Munros-18 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Signs of autumn on the hillside.
Loch Lochy Munros-19 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Almost back at the tree-line.
Loch Lochy Munros-20 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Back down in Kilfinnan.
Loch Lochy Munros-21 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Not much else to say really except the drive home was spectacular especially the rays over Loch Loyne.
Loch Lochy Munros-22 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
by 2manyYorkies » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:01 pm
by Silverhill » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:29 pm
by JimboJim » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:39 pm
by BlackPanther » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:47 pm
Shame about the wind... The Lochy twins are good viewpoints. We took long breaks on each top, on a good day the Knoydart pano is breathtaking... But I see you still managed a decent day even without the distant views.
I'm keeping Ben Tee for winter as a separate, shorter outing. And tomorrow, if weather stays as good as it is, we are heading for Torridon
by AnnieMacD » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:59 pm
BP, I'm surprised these were your favourites as you have done so many great walks this year - but we all have different tastes.
The forecast for the north-west is good for tomorrow even if the visibilty may not be the best. Happy walking!
by simon-b » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:50 pm