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The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg


Postby Collaciotach » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:36 pm

Munros included on this walk: Maol Chean-dearg

Corbetts included on this walk: An Ruadh-stac

Date walked: 19/10/2014

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 12 km

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This warrior and his faithful hound found have been out and about a lot recently and now having sussed our camera úra and how to resize have a report or two to consider :D

Landed at Na Cuileagan on Saturday morning with the intention of Maol Ceann Dearg on this wild ,windy day .

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Gleann Fhionn Abhainn


The walk up the Abhainn Fhionn is straightforward and we also enjoyed a look in the MacLennan house now a Bothan which was empty .

Ach an toiseach cuir sinn a'ceilidh air Clach nan Conn Fionn ......... and we wanted to see where Fionn MacCumhaill tethered his dogs :D

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Clach nan Conn Fionn


It is said that Fionn Mac Cumhaill had two dogs ,Bran and Sceolan

It is also told that their mother was Tuiren, and she was Fionn Mac Cumhaill's aunt, transformed into a hound by a fairy or Sidhe however today no sign of the beasties just their tethering post :D

The said Gaoith was not noticed in the Gleann but the sky was fast as we headed up the Bealach and as we hit the 500m mark the wind became fierce !

Good views to An Ruaidh Stac on the way suas .... no doing that today in this weather I said on my way up the slope of Maol Ceann Dearg !

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An Ruaidh Stac


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Maol Ceann Dearg


No difficulty to the mullach but care in the wind which would take the feet off you ! :shock: ..... we soon hit the carn
and with a grey hue to the sky no much clarity in the views

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Beinn Dearg


We took 2hrs 15mins to the summit :clap: but no hanging about today and after a 20min break we set of back down with the intention of heading home.

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Air Ciuil


At the Bealach again I considered the Corbett ,sky was brightening although wind stronger should we ? ....... off we set :D

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An Ruaidh Stac


We took a line up the druim and a wee bit lea of the gale , steep but dry and good hand / foot holds although some sgritheall (scree)

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Sios


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An Cu


We traversed a bit South across and under the summit and emerged in the wee bealach of the summit

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Am Bhealach


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An Cárn


The wind was hefty here but a grand wee hill although only a 10min stop to refuel before heading back down ,clear views all round and sun

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An rathad sios


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Care needed going down as a wee bit craggy and scree you would be careful in wet or snow conditions but great cráic :D

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Sios a ribhist


Agus bha sin e ...and that was it ,back at the car for 2.30pm , six hours for both hills :wink: ... I reckon I'm a descendant of Fionn MacCumhaill at that speed .

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Clach nan Conn Fionn


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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:01 am

I don't know what it is but every trip report i read with An Ruadh-Stac just makes me want to climb it more. I can't put my finger on why though :? , anyway it is probably top of my to do list at the moment. Thats some little warrior Cu you have there Colla :clap: Look forward to your next reports
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby robertphillips » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:11 pm

well done colla :clap: an ruadh stac is one of the best corbett in that area. was a fair old wind on saturday on the hills.
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:29 pm

So that's what the vies are like from the top! A fine hill I save for a clear day and will also head up the Corbett as well, looks wonderful. Ta for posting, I liked it the first time looking forward to doing it again now even more :D
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby dawnfoth » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:36 pm

Nice one!! The corbett looks awesome! i am desperate to get up there to climb it too :D
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:53 pm

Moran Taing a mhuinntir ....... Deffo a hill for a clear day a real cracker and do the pair worth it :D
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby AnnieMacD » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:12 pm

Great photos with your new camera. MCD is a great hill but not a patch on An Ruadh Stac. It's one of my favourites - has it all in my opinion. I can't believe you did them both in 6 hours!!! Were An Cu's paws OK on ARS?
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:25 pm

Great photos, thanks. Beautiful area. :clap:

Like Annie I'd like to know how the dogs paws were at the end of the day. When we did MCD our pair ended up with cut paws so we've been keeping then off the neighboring hills, but perhaps that's going a bit too far??
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby malky_c » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:02 pm

Excellent :D . A pair for the train in future I think - did them both separately before but Strathcarron keeps drawing me back.
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:11 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:Great photos with your new camera. MCD is a great hill but not a patch on An Ruadh Stac. It's one of my favourites - has it all in my opinion. I can't believe you did them both in 6 hours!!! Were An Cu's paws OK on ARS?


Aye right wee pair of crampoons he has :D ... he was fine slowed down a bit on the way down the Glen mind :) ... was surprised how quick ,light pack helped and I stopped bout 40 mins !
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:15 pm

lovely pics... i remembered reading of ' Fionn MacCumaill'
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:21 pm

malky_c wrote:Excellent :D . A pair for the train in future I think - did them both separately before but Strathcarron keeps drawing me back.


Aye Malky a good day out indeed and easy done by train I 'm surprised more folk do not do both on the day , too much to resist for me :D
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby prog99 » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:50 am

Was this Saturday or Sunday?
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:45 am

Super stuff Colla. Didnt manage An Ruadh Stac when i did the Munro and thinking of maybe saving it for last :D
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Re: The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg

Postby dogplodder » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:25 am

Great stuff. I likes a bit of history thrown in and love that dog. If ever I have a wee dog want a wee dog like that! :lol:
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